Civil War Days

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Meet Hitty.

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Hitty's owner, Nell, lives on a plantation in the South. When a house slave named Sarina comes to work for Nell's father, the girls become friends. But when Nell and Sarina break the rules of the plantation, things will never be the same again....

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Overview


Meet Hitty.

She may be just a doll, but she has lived in many places and seen incredible things. Here is one of her adventures, as told by Hitty herself!

Hitty's owner, Nell, lives on a plantation in the South. When a house slave named Sarina comes to work for Nell's father, the girls become friends. But when Nell and Sarina break the rules of the plantation, things will never be the same again....

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Publishers Weekly
Based on Rachel Field's 1929 classic, Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, Hitty's Travels: Civil War Days by Ellen Weiss, illus. by Betina Ogden, features the doll heroine in a chapter book format. Here Hitty belongs to a plantation owner's daughter as the girl befriends Sarina, an enslaved girl. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Hitty is a wooden doll that tells you the story of her adventures and about the people around her. She was carved out of wood in 1829 in Maine and then traveled from one owner to another. In this book, Hitty tells of the friendship between two little girls living in North Carolina in the late 1850s and early 1860s. The first young girl we meet is Nell; her father is the plantation owner. The next girl we meet is Sarina, a young slave given to Nell as a present. Nell is a headstrong girl and doesn't believe that she needs a slave, so she suggests that the girls become friends. In an effort to cheer Sarina up, Nell gives Sarina her doll, Hitty. The tensions of the country during this time come to North Carolina as well. Sarina's brother runs away to travel to the North to be a free man. Nell's father and neighbors join the war effort in the South and leave the plantation. Through all this, the girls remain friends and vow to never let anything come between them. This book provides some good background about the lives of children during this time period. Part of the "Hitty's Travels" series. 2001, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, $3.99. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Maureen Boyle AGES: 6 7 8 9
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Gr 2-5-Based on Rachel Field's Hitty: Her First Hundred Years (Turtleback, 1929), this book continues the doll's travels through history. Hitty arrives at a plantation in North Carolina as a birthday present for eight-year-old Nell. Nell also receives a slave, a gift she does not want. She immediately begins to teach Sarina correct grammar and, later, how to read, despite the fact that this is forbidden by law. Eventually, the two friends are caught and get into trouble with Nell's father. As the Civil War begins, Nell and her mother admit that they are not entirely on the side of the South, and the two girls know that nothing can ever stop them from being friends. The book provides a fairly accurate if rather whitewashed version of life on a plantation and goes into more depth and story than Mary Pope Osborne's "Magic Tree House" series (Random) written for the same age group. The main distracting element is the point of view, which is uneven and often confusing since parts of the book are related by Hitty, but others revert to a third-person narration. Characterization is rather stereotypical with the harsh slave owners, the weak Southern belle, the friendly child, the good slaves, and the handsome schoolmaster. Black-and-white illustrations are adequate.-Janet Hilbun, formerly at Sam Houston Middle School, Garland, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689846717
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Series: Hitty Series
  • Edition description: 1 ALADDIN
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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