Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cornhusk, Silk, and Wishbones : A Book of Dolls From Around the World

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-This attractive alphabet book presents 26 dolls from 5 continents that were created in a variety of time periods, ranging from 1000 B.C.E. to the present. For each letter, the type of doll appears in boldly colored typeface along with a stunning, full-color photograph. The accompanying paragraph includes a description of the figure, discusses its cultural significance, and provides pronunciations for unfamiliar terms. The text is lively and engaging and imparts solid cultural and historical information in a painless manner. A world map and a page about collecting these objects round out the title. This intriguing look at dolls as a reflection of the civilizations that created them is a good complement to more standard pictorial approaches to the topic, such as Caroline Goodfellow's The Ultimate Doll Book (DK, 1993), and an attractive, informational alphabet book.
Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
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