Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Hitty, Her First Hundred Years" by Rachel Field

      Aunt Marlene left with me a book from her childhood. It is by far one of the best books about ‘doll adventures’ that I have ever read! It was first published in 1929 by Macmillan Publishing and again the copyright was renewed by Arthurs Pederson in 1957. The author and illustrator of Hitty is Dorothy P. Lathrop.
      In 1930 Hitty was awarded the John Newbery Medal as “the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for Children” in that season. Since then her fame has spread far and wide and children everywhere know Hitty.

“Hitty is a doll of great charm and real character. It is indeed a privilege to be able to publish her memoirs which, besides being full of the most thrilling adventures on land and sea, also reveal a personality which is delightful and foreceful. One glance at her portrait will show that she is no ordinary doll. Hitty or Mehitable, as she was really named, was carved from a piece of white ash by a peddler who was spending the winter in Maine. Phoebe Preble, for whom Hitty was made, was very proud of her and took her everywhere, even on a long sailing trip in a whaler. In this way Hitty’s horizon was broadened and she acquired ample material to make her memoirs exciting and instructive.”

The doll painted here by Emily Farmer looks
 similar to Hitty.
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