Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

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Hitty is a very special doll who belongs to Phoebe. Phoebe is proud of her beautiful doll and brings Hitty everywhere she goes. This is thrilling for Hitty, who finds herself involved in the most wonderful adventures both on land and at sea. She meets many people and makes new friends.

This is the story of the first hundred years of Hitty's life. And that's only the beginning for a doll as special as Hitty.

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Hitty is a very special doll who belongs to Phoebe. Phoebe is proud of her beautiful doll and brings Hitty everywhere she goes. This is thrilling for Hitty, who finds herself involved in the most wonderful adventures both on land and at sea. She meets many people and makes new friends.

This is the story of the first hundred years of Hitty's life. And that's only the beginning for a doll as special as Hitty.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440403371
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1990
  • Pages: 262
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

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    Field's prose is wonderful.

    I have been meaning to read Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field (illustrated wonderfully in what I assume is pen and ink by Dorothy P. Lathrop) for a rather long time. Several years ago my mother bought me a reproduction Hitty doll by Robert Raikes (big deal carver of dolls and bears though he no longer seems to be making Hitty dolls).

    After buying the doll, and doing a bit of research, we found an edition of Field's novel with the original 1929 text and illustrations. There is another, newer, edition with updated text by Rosemary Wells and illustrations by Susan Jeffers. The newer book came out, I believe, to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of Field's original novel. I never read this version, actually sending it back upon realizing it was an adaptation, but other reviewers' outrage at the changes suggest I was right to do so. If you haven't guessed already, Hitty fans are numerous and loyal.

    As the subtitle suggests, Hitty is already a centenarian at the start of Field's fictionalized account of her adventures. Safely ensconced in a New York antique store equipped with quill and paper, Hitty decides it is high time to begin setting her story down for posterity. What follows is a children's novel that truly deserves the Newberry Medal it received in 1930 for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

    Hitty begins her life as a lucky piece of mountain-ash wood carried by an old peddler. In exchange for lodging during a particularly bad Maine winter, the Old Peddler decides to carve his piece of wood into a doll for the family's seven-year-old child, Phoebe Preble. Hitty and Phoebe have their share of adventures during their time together. More, it might be argued, than one doll could manage (including a section that reads very much like part of Moby Dick geared to a much younger audience). But, as readers realize soon enough, Hitty is no ordinary doll. As the story progresses, Hitty passes through many hands and a variety of owners. Like most things, some owners prove better than others in the same way that certain events of Hitty's life are more worthy of space in her memoirs than others.

    When you realize that this book is from 1929, well before any other doll novels were published, it becomes clear that Hitty is something special because Field did it first. At first, I thought the novel might come off as dated since it was written so long ago. But I was happily proven wrong and found that the text stood up to my modern standards as well as Hitty's chemise survives her first century. Many of the insights that Hitty expresses throughout the book remain very accurate to this day. Hitty's calm demeanor and buoyant spirit also help to make this doll downright lovable.

    Field's prose is wonderful. Even though I knew Hitty was safe in the antique shop, each new peril left me fearing for Hitty and in a state of suspense until I found out if she had survived. The people that Hitty passes during the course of her first century are equally well-realized in the text. In terms of classic children's literature (especially for a younger child), I can't think of many better examples.

    If, you want still more Hitty, you can check out Gail Wilson's website. This very talented (and expensive) doll makers features her own version of Hitty available both ready-made and as a kit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2007

    An original attitude

    Hitty is a doll that has been passed from its original owner to various other owners but has still kept her good nature. This teaches a child much in the way that your first learned behavior remains with you the rest of your life, as with Hitty. As with Hitty, I believe that if a child is taught good morals and etiquette, that even if they encounter bad people in their future, these good teachings will remain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2006

    An Interesting Book for Young Readers

    Hitty: Her First Hundred Years is a story young readers will enjoy. The story begins with Hitty sitting on a little wooden desk in an antique shop. In her own charming manner, she tells her story of over a hundred years. She has many owners, some treated her with love and care and made her beautiful clothes, while other owners weren't so kind. Hitty also talks about her adventures and you can see that by the way she describes her new owners and her surroundings that the times have changed. What I found interesting about this story is the way different people treated Hitty. Some were children and some were adults. Rachel Field did a marvelous job of writing this book. Hitty has a geniune personality. A wonderful book for any girl to read or to be read to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    The Travels of a Doll Named Hitty

    This is a wonderful book! It tells the story of a doll who goes through many life experiences just as a person would. It basically talks about life from the perspective of a doll. There are also life lessons that are talked about in the book. These lessons are very clear and directly stated in the book which go along with the current situation. I loved reading this book because of all the adventures. I would highly recommend this book, it's a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2005

    Old Fashioned Charm

    Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, as originally written by Rachel Field in 1929, is delightful. The story follows the adventures of a doll, carved by a peddler from a piece of mountain ash, as told in her own words. From being proclaimed a ¿heathen¿ goddess on a South Seas Island, traveling with a snake charmer in India, being alternately a fashion plate and a demure Quakeress in the midst of the Civil War, Hitty and her story are truly captivating. Rachel Field has given the world a wonderfully exciting and deeply touching glimpse at history through the eyes to this remarkable doll. The charm of this old fashioned story is enduring, powerful enough to endear itself to each new generation of readers that discovers it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2005

    A great compelling story.

    Hitty her First hundred years is an excellent read for people wanting a great adventure story. I picked up this book not knowing what to expect because I am reading all of the newbery books. I have to say I was well pleased with the way the story was written and the wonderful descriptions of the surroundings and feelings of the doll. I would recommend this book to anyone. I have read the old version and I do not think that it needed to be improved upon. It was wonderfully written. Why rewrite a classic?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    One of my childhood favorites

    Someone was asking me to reccomend a good children's novel and I immediately remembered this one. I must have read it at least 5 or 6 times as a child. I would reccomend to any young girl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2003

    Excellent!!!

    This is an excellent book and I hope everyone has a chance to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002

    Hitty, the antique

    I'm not quite done the book yet but I only have a few pages left to go. I chose this book because my friend reccomended it. I thought it would be about a doll with an ordinary life but it was nothing like that. Hitty was carved out of mountain ash wood which is-according to the story-lucky. She travels all around the world and has several owners who all love her and unfortunatley lose her at some point. It is a realistic-fiction book and I like reading that type of story.I liked the book because it had a lot of good discription of where Hitty was and it had detail. Such as "I thought I could not last even one more night like this with these twigs poking me all over, surely my dress is ruined for good."I think this is a great book to read and I reccomend it to you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    A wonderful book

    I read this book 17 years ago in a Language Arts class in 6th grade. I havent forgot it yet. The book has old world charm and is very eventful. I recommend this book to all little girls with a big imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2002

    good book

    I read this book because my grandmother bought it for me. I am a couple years out of the age range they give but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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