Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson

The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson
Delacorte Press

Throughout the twentieth century, Miss Kanagawa, one of fifty-eight dolls made to serve as ambassadors from Japan to the United States, travels the country learning to love while changing the lives of those who need her.

1 comment:

  1. Wasn't sure if I'd like this one; very girly (dolls) and historical fiction, which I haven't liked in the past, but this was quite a good book. Larson matter-of-factly creates a personality for the doll character, Miss Kanagawa, and it was interesting to read about the lives she touched over time. Quite touching and meaningful; I don't think it will win the Newbery but I will definitely recommend it to girl readers, grades 3-5, and to girls who like historical fiction. Touches on the Great Depression, the immigration of the Okies in the 30s, the Chicago World's Fair, the Roosevelts, the horseback librarians in Kentucky...lots of neat threads & personalities. Good read.