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William's Doll Paperback – May 1, 1985
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About the Author
Charlotte Zolotow—author, editor, publisher, and educator—has one of the most distinguished reputations in the field of children's literature. She has written more than seventy books, many of which are picture-book classics, such as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present and William's Doll. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
William Pene du Bois, as both artist and writer, charmed generations of readers with his distinct combination of inventiveness and elegant simplicity. Two of his most popular books are The Twenty One Balloons, winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal, and Lion, a Caldecott Honor Book in 1957. With handsome, delicate artwork, William Pene du Bois tailored his unmistakable style to suit Charlotte Zolotow's groundbreaking and tender story of a boy who wants a doll.
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Top Customer Reviews
William is a boy who wants a doll. He wants to play with it and hug it. He wants to tuck it into bed at night and wake it up in the morning and pretend that it's his own child. Needless to say, this plan is met with not a little bit of derision by his peers. His brother thinks it's creepy and the boy next door even goes so far as to call William a sissy. As for William's father, he decides to stem the boy's desires by purchasing manly toys for him. Basketballs, and trains, and tools. The only one who understands William is his grandmother, a wise woman who gives William his heart's desire and patiently explains to his father that there is nothing odd or abnormal about a boy wanting a doll. After all, if girls play with dolls to be good mothers why shouldn't boys play with dolls to be good fathers?
There's a bit of a satirical bite to the end of this picture book that I enjoyed. When the grandmother explains why Williams needs a doll, she tells his father that he needs it so that he'll know how to take care of his own baby, "and bring him the things he wants, like a doll so that he can practice being a father".Read more ›
This was helpful for me when I was a little boy who liked to play with dolls and got teased for it. My mom bought it and read it to me and it was just the thing. Now I'm pleased to be able to read it to my 3 yr old daughter.
William wanted a doll because he envied the neighbor girl who had one. He wanted to change it, sing to it, coo with it, put it to bed. His brother and brother's friend walked in while William was acting out these emotionally charged moments. Of course, they laughed and called him names. His daddy gave him a basketball and goal, and a train set. William mastered layups, goal throwing, then beat his brother and friend. He used engineering (guy) skills to build stations and storage areas. Finally, granny bought him a doll, exactly the one he wanted with eyes that went blink and clicked when they closed, and told the worrying dad that William wanted to grow up to be a good father who helped with the tending of a baby.
My second grade class took in the entire story without once snickering. They were totally on William's side in acquiring a doll. Books cause adventures. Magic happens. This book is highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 20 year old German son, who makes custom tracks, LOVED this book. He wanted some barbie s*** for his birthday but instead his parents got him some s***** X-Box game. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was one of my favorite books as a child, and I was thrilled to find it again for a baby shower gift. Sweet story with a very important message. Read morePublished 8 months ago by L. Saunders
I purchased this book--along with a baby doll--for a boy I know named William. It's a classic, and parents my age likely remember it from their own childhoods. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Probe Bot
One of my new grandson's names is William, so I was thrilled to find this cute book for him!Published 13 months ago by LH
I love this story. I bought this book for my baby grandson. I'm buying him a doll to go with it. All boys should know how to be tender.Published 13 months ago by Diane Burkhartkiss
My grandson carries around a Kewpie doll that he calls "Baby Doll". Got this for him for Christmas.Published 17 months ago by Laura Traffanstedt