Betty Dollby Patricia Polacco
Whenever Mary Ellen needed Betty Doll, she was there. Betty Doll saw her through happy and sad times, thunderstorms and parties, weddings and births. Now, when Mary Ellen’s daughter Trisha needs Betty/b>/i>/i>/i>
From the beloved New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of Thank You, Mr. Falker and Pink and Say.
Whenever Mary Ellen needed Betty Doll, she was there. Betty Doll saw her through happy and sad times, thunderstorms and parties, weddings and births. Now, when Mary Ellen’s daughter Trisha needs Betty Doll most, she rediscovers the sweet old doll, along with a letter written by her mother before she died. This touching story is a reminder of the power of a mother’s love and the joy of life’s precious moments.
This loving tribute to the author's mother is based on a real doll -- one Polacco's mother made when she was a little girl -- who witnesses all the important events of a family over several generations. The story is made even more moving by the personal photographs incorporated into the nostalgic, soft-focus drawings.
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Patricia Polacco (www.patriciapolacco.com) is the beloved New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of over fifty picture books. She visits as many as two hundred classrooms in a single year, not only speaking but listening to the hundreds of children that she meets. Grateful for what teachers have done for her, she is also a popular keynote speaker celebrating teachers everywhere. She lives in Union City, Michigan, where she enjoys speaking to the myriad children who come to visit her and the famous meteor, the object of one of Patricia's best-known stories.
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Betty Doll is a mix of heart-breaking events and tons of joy. A six-year old's house burns down, and with it all of her five dolls. Her mother sees how heart-broken Mary-Ellen is and helps her sew a new one. Mary-Ellen named it Betty Doll. Betty Doll goes everywhere with Mary-Ellen. Betty doll saved her and her brother's life once. They were hiding under a bridge during a snowstorm. Betty doll got lost in the drifts, when her brother came back with her dad Betty doll showed them where they were. Betty doll went to Chicago with Mary-Ellen and got a beuatiful new blue dress. Betty doll got passed down through the generations. I would recommend this book to people who like books that make the reader change emotions quickly.
In Betty Doll there is a little girl named Mary Ellen whose mother is dead. Before her mother died, she wrote her a letter and mailed it to her with a ribbon around it and when Mary Ellen got the doll she named the doll Betty Doll. She holds it tight when there are thunder storms and even takes her every where she goes. When Mary Ellen gets older she gives her doll to her daughter. This is a good book. It is a little sad in the beginning and the end of the story. It has a lot of Traditions and you should read it!
Prepare to shed a few tears and be uplifted by this touching story of family love. Patricia Polacco bases her reminiscence on a letter her mother, Mary Ellen, wrote shortly before her death and a cloth hand sewn doll, Betty Doll. When Mary Ellen was a child of six, her farmhouse home was destroyed by fire. The blaze also took her five dolls. Seeing how forlorn the little girl was, her mother suggested they make a new doll, which they did. Mary Ellen stitched the doll together, and embroidered its face. Soon, Mary Ellen and Betty Doll were inseparable. They snuggled in bed together during Michigan thunderstorms, attended school, and had imaginative tea parties. The pair even visited relatives in Chicago, where both were clothed in pale blue crepe de chine. As time went on Betty Doll watched Marry Ellen become an adult, eventually marry, and have children of her own. Daughter Trisha (Patricia Polacco) played with the doll herself. As Mary Ellen's grandchildren arrived, Betty Doll 'kissed away tears, soothed hurt knees, and was a guest at hundreds of tea parties and slumber nights.' Illustrated in muted grays with Betty Doll the only bright spot on a page, this story is a reminder of the enduring bonds woven of memories and love. Gail Cooke