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Things To Make For Your Doll
Things To Make For Your Doll
by Kathy Ross
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.95
14 used & new from CDN$ 1.23

3.0 out of 5 stars Very Simple Book at a Child's Level, April 11 2004
This is an interesting book of projects that children can make for their doll. It is a great asset to this book that most of the projects require very few skills that a child over 6 doesn't possess. Most of the materials needed for the projects are also readily available in most homes and communities. Some of the 20 project titles include: Doll Sock Puppet, Box Doll Closet, Mittens and Ear Warmers, Doll Treats, and a Fairy Crown.
Even though it is an asset to the book in general that the crafts are simple to create and use basic household materials, it also leads to an uninteresting text. Older children may want to try more sophisticated crafts that have better results, such as those crafts found in the American Girl craft book series.
The most appalling craft in this book is the Un-Stuffed Animal Costume. The author urges crafters to open the back seam of a non-jointed stuffed animal the same size as the doll, take out the stuffing, and turn it into an animal costume. Although I have seen a photograph of a doll wearing an un-stuffed animal costume and it has cute results, it is not a craft that I could imagine myself doing as a child, or even now. Most children sensitive enough to want to make things for their doll will also be too sensitive to tear open a new or an old stuffed animal.
Overall, it is a good weekend craft book for children ages 6 to 9 who would like to make something easy for their dolls. The crafts will allow them independance and success, but will also produce something they won't keep forever.

Fashions for Small Dolls
Fashions for Small Dolls
by Rose Marie Ionker
Edition: Paperback
16 used & new from CDN$ 85.25

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Doll Clothes by a Master, Dec 22 2003
Rosemarie Ionker's beautiful doll clothes are famous for details like smocking and embroidery. Her designs have been sold through "Boneka/Petite Creations" and have been featured on high quality collector dolls. I have long considered these clothes the finest the doll world has to offer, so I was thrilled to find her latest book of patterns tailored for small dolls.
This book has patterns for dolls that are 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12 inches tall. Almost half of the book is filled with pages and pages of patterns, drawn simply and clearly labeled for each size doll and by the pattern piece. There are also many pages of stunning photographs showing off Ionker's completed creations. The text is high quality and to the point. She offers tips for pattern adjustments as well general sewing tips, information on fabrics and embellishments, and, of course, directions on how to use/assemble the patterns.
The patterns in this book are for dolls representing children, and not adult proportioned fashion dolls. There are pattern pieces to clothe both boy and girl dolls. The dolls shown in this book range from Ginny, to Wendy Lawton's 9 inch dolls, to small porcelain, vinyl and wood dolls. Ionker will let you know how to clothe them all, with photographs documenting the differences and directions on how to find the right fit.
I would recommend this book for those seamstresses who have had at least some experience sewing. Sewing for small dolls requires some special tricks and a lot of patience! Ionker's work, though, can inspire and direct those advanced beginners to making more detailed clothing for small dolls.

Dolls: And Why We Love Them
Dolls: And Why We Love Them
by Mary Thompson
Edition: Hardcover
18 used & new from CDN$ 21.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Little Book, Nov. 2 2003
The title and cover illustration of "Dolls and Why We Love Them" compelled me to pick it up. I then could not put it down because the illustrations so beautifully portray why I love dolls. Vintage paintings of children and their dolls fill the pages of this short book with nostalgia and idealistic images of children caring for their beloved companions.
The text rises to the stories told by the paintings with short prose and poetry sections based on different themes introduced throughout the book. The text is not a deep or lengthy look at why we love dolls, but the sentimentality well reflects the emotional tone of why we love dolls. This quick read is a treasure that will be picked up again and again by those doll collectors who love their dolls.

Winter Days In The Big Woods
Winter Days In The Big Woods
by Laura I Wilder
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.08
54 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Fashioned Winter, Oct. 6 2003
"Winter Days" is one of my favorite books in the "My First Little House Books" series, and one of my favorite books about autumn. The Ingalls family prepares for winter with time for the harvest and food storage. Mary and Laura participate in daily chores and entertain themselves with their rag dolls, paper dolls,and by using a thimble to draw on the frosted window. Beautiful illustrations bring Laura's log cabin world to life, and are an excellent starting point for discussing how life is different then it used to be, and how some things never change.

The Doll of Lilac Valley
The Doll of Lilac Valley
by Cora Cheney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 12.79
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost and Found, Aug. 3 2003
Laurie lives in the city with her mother, a single parent. She is sent away to the country for the summer as a "fresh air" child. She brings Kathleen, her special doll twin, with her on the bus as they travel to a family she does not know. Through a twist of fate, Laurie arrives at the country house of Hattie and Henry without her beloved companion. Although she doesn't abandon hope of finding Kathleen, Laurie looks for another doll at the auction of a local doll collector's possessions. The child's pocket change is no match for the money of serious adult collectors, but she does manage to find a hidden treasure.
This book was originally published in 1958, and will appeal to adult doll book collectors. When Hattie gave Laurie a small, doll sized cast iron stove to play with, I had to have one! Such old-fashioned touches will charm the nostalgic reader, but the text is also sound enough for today's 9 to 12 year old readers. References to "Jumeau", "wax doll", "penny wooden" and "Queen Anne" provide a great opportunity for experienced doll collectors to share information about doll types and doll history with younger doll collectors, who may have only known about plastic, vinyl, and porcelain dolls. I have read this book several times, and still find it enjoyable.

The Dandy Dollhouse Stories: The Mexican Dollhouse
The Dandy Dollhouse Stories: The Mexican Dollhouse
by Lucina Ball Moxley
Edition: Hardcover
7 used & new from CDN$ 23.62

5.0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Lesson on Acceptance, July 6 2003
"The Dandy Dollhouse Stories: The Mexican Dollhouse" is one of the few books written about Mexican/Spanish style dollhouses. This story is inspired by the actual dollhouse that the author had built for her daughter while they were living in Mexico in the early 1950's. However, the story is more about accepting people from other cultures then about the dollhouse. Not surprisingly, the story is set in the mid-1950's, as Nancy has recently recovered from a chilhood bout of polio. Nancy's dollhouse and its dollhouse family, the Dandys, helped get her through a difficult time of recovery. In this third book in The Dandy Dollhouse series, the focus is on a new girl and the problems she must overcome.
The new girl at Nancy and Katie's school is from Mexico. Her name is "Rosalinda Chavez", she dresses in traditional Mexican clothes and is still learning English. Nancy knows what it is like to be teased because of her polio and the leg brace she had to wear, so she and her friend, Katie, offer their friendship to Rosalinda.In a world of prejudice and racial suspicion, the girls find that they have something in common with Rosalinda. She has a wonderful dollhouse! The reader learns something about Mexican families through the "living" dollhouse family in the Mexican dollhouse.
The most valuable lesson this book teaches, though, is the lesson of friendship. Friendship is not always easy, but that doesn't mean that one should not reach out to others who may be different. In this multi-cultural world, it may be less rare to see diversity, but reading this book may gently bring up the topic of prejudice and stereotypes. It offers a role model of three girls and their dollhouse families who do the right thing when it isn't the popular thing to do.

Doll In The Garden Pb
Doll In The Garden Pb
by M Hahn
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 7.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars On Healing the Past and the Present, April 4 2003
This review is from: Doll In The Garden Pb (Paperback)
I purchased this book out of my personal interest as an adult doll/doll book collector, a collector of children's books, and an elementary teacher. I found this chapter book for middle grade (4th-8th grades)students to hold a solid story that kept me reading until the end. I would definitely recommend it to age appropriate readers who are interested in dolls, fantasy, mystery, or those who are recovering from a death in the family (but not too recently).
In this book, Ashley and her mother move to a house in the suburbs to begin a new life after the death of Ashley's father. The house they move to is a portion of a larger house owned by a cranky older lady (Miss Cooper) who constantly threatens to throw them out. Miss Cooper is particularly after Ashley, who wanders off to explore the garden around the house. During one of her explorations, Ashley and a younger neighbor discover a buried antique doll and Miss Cooper's buried source of regret. Ashley challenges Miss Cooper's crankiness in order to return the doll to its orginal owner and learns about making peace with people who have died.
I enjoyed this story for the fantasy element. Well written characters drew me into the story, and didn't make the fantasy seem too unrealistic. I also really liked the realistic discussion of feelings that occur when someone you love/are close to dies. This multilayered gem is worth the purchase price for interested readers.

Two-Hour Dolls' Clothes
Two-Hour Dolls' Clothes
by Anita Louise Crane
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 9.86

4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Inspiration, April 4 2003
"Two Hour Dolls' Clothes" is a colorful and unconventional look at sewing for dolls. In this book, there is more emphasis on creative fabric choices then highly skilled or detailed sewing. As an "advanced beginner" seamstress, I found this book to be very liberating. The photographs and watercolors are delicious to look at, and this has changed my view of sewing into one that includes enjoyment with fabrics and style instead of frustration for a lack of perfection in my sewing skills.
However, from a practical level, the patterns are unclear. Patterns for different sized dolls are set inside of the larger patterns for the same piece, and they are colored in with watercolor designs, suggesting fabric. I would recommend "Two Hour Dolls' Clothes" for those who enjoy photos and watercolors of dolls and their clothes as well as the creative use of color and fabric. It may open your mind to new visions of what doll clothes can be.
For those who would like a more straightforward book with clear patterns of basic pieces in a variety of sizes, I would recommend "The Dolls' Dressmaker" by Venus Dodge in addition to "Two Hour Dolls' Clothes". "The Dolls' Dressmaker" takes a more traditional instructional approach to doll clothes construction. With both books, one is sure to create skilled and creative clothing for dolls.

Two-Hour Dolls' Clothes
Two-Hour Dolls' Clothes
by Anita Louise Crane
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 9.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Inspiration, April 4 2003
"Two Hour Dolls' Clothes" is a colorful and unconventional look at sewing for dolls. In this book, there is more emphasis on creative fabric choices then highly skilled or detailed sewing. As an "advanced beginner" seamstress, I found this book to be very liberating. The photographs and watercolors are delicious to look at, and this has changed my view of sewing into one that includes enjoyment with fabrics and style instead of frustration for a lack of perfection in my sewing skills.
However, from a practical level, the patterns are unclear. Patterns for different sized dolls are set inside of the larger patterns for the same piece, and they are colored in with watercolor designs, suggesting fabric. I would recommend "Two Hour Dolls' Clothes" for those who enjoy photos and watercolors of dolls and their clothes as well as the creative use of color and fabric. It may open your mind to new visions of what doll clothes can be.
For those who would like a more straightforward book with clear patterns of basic pieces in a variety of sizes, I would recommend "The Dolls' Dressmaker" by Venus Dodge in addition to "Two Hour Dolls' Clothes". "The Dolls' Dressmaker" takes a more traditional instructional approach to doll clothes construction. With both books, one is sure to create skilled and creative clothing for dolls.

Thanks to Josefina
Thanks to Josefina
by Valerie Tripp
Edition: Hardcover
27 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You, Josefina!, March 22 2003
This review is from: Thanks to Josefina (Hardcover)
This is the fifth short story published about the American Girl, Josefina. The setting of this book is around the time period of "Josefina Learns a Lesson". Josefina's family has just experienced a terrible financial loss where a sudden flood killed many of the rancho's sheep. Tia Dolores and the girls have decided to recover the loss by weaving stored wool into wool blankets for trade to build up new a flock.
Josefina eagerly wants to please her Aunt with the new weaving business, but her sisters quickly turn on her for the hard work they now have to do "Thanks to Josefina". Teresita, Tia Dolores servant who teaches Josefina to weave, takes the discouraged Josefina on a walk to look for plants for dyes and gently helps her understand how many colors can contribute to each rug they weave. Soon, her sisters find something that they can genuinely thank Josefina for as they learn to work together more peacefully!
I enjoyed this short story because it integrated Josefina's skill and knowledge of plants, which was introduced in "Happy Birthday, Josefina". "Thanks to Josefina" identifies several regional plants for dyes, and includes a project where readers can make their own dye from an onion to tie-dye a t-shirt.

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