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Miss Hickory

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A Newbery Award winner!

Most dolls lead a comfortable but unadventurous life. This was true of Miss Hickory until the fateful day that her owner, Ann, moves from her New Hampshire home to attend school in Boston—leaving Miss Hickory behind. For a small doll whose body is an apple-wood twig and whose head is a hickory nut, the prospect of spending a New Hampshire winter alone is frightening indeed. In this classic modern day fairy tale, what’s a...

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Overview

A Newbery Award winner!

Most dolls lead a comfortable but unadventurous life. This was true of Miss Hickory until the fateful day that her owner, Ann, moves from her New Hampshire home to attend school in Boston—leaving Miss Hickory behind. For a small doll whose body is an apple-wood twig and whose head is a hickory nut, the prospect of spending a New Hampshire winter alone is frightening indeed. In this classic modern day fairy tale, what’s a doll to do?

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
"Children will thoroughly enjoy the inventive details, perfectly proportioned, of Miss Hickory's life in the orchard, and her adventures... They will like her stout apple-wood heart and her brisk practicality, which seems to soften as winter lengthens into spring. The end of her tale... adds a final touch of poetry to an unusual fantasy."
Booklist
"The adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig, with a hickory nut for a head. The story is told with humor and with an appreciation of the countryside and the seasons. Miss Hickory remains at all times exactly what she is, a doll, yet becomes for the reader a very rich and memorable personality."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140309560
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1977
  • Series: Newbery Library, Puffin Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 192,768
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 7.67 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Sherwin Bailey was born in Hoosick Falls, New York and spent her childhood in the little Hudson River town of Lansingburg. She studied at Teachers College, Columbia University and the New York School of Social Work and began writing afterward (an activity which eventually produced thirty-five books).

The author and her husband, Dr. Eben C. Hill, lived for many years on Hill Farm, in Temple, New Hampshire, whose antiques and apple orchard inspired the Newbery Medal-winning book Miss Hickory (1947).

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    This is such an imaginative story.  The author really makes the

    This is such an imaginative story.  The author really makes the characters come to life.  It's amazing that Disney has not made it into a movie, yet!

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Excellent for all ages

    I read this as a child and remember it like it was yesterday, not 40 years ago! My children loved it too when I read it two years ago to them as a home school book. I finally got around to getting one for my shelf as the story and every aspect of the book is wonderful, loving and filled with kindness of others. Please read...for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    miss hickory

    Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey is a story about a little doll that is made of apple tree twigs and a hickory nut for a head! I personally did not like this book due to the fact that it was fantasy. I personally do not like fantasy books, but of course a child with a big imagination would love it. There were many talking animals such as cow in the story. The one line that I really liked in story was, ¿He who hesitates is lost.¿ The theme of survival runs strong throughout the book and tries to make the point that kids can survive anything if they only believe. Carolyn Sherwin Bailey was born Hoosick Falls, New York. She was a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University. She was an editor of an educational magazine and also wrote many stories and books. She was a naturalist, she studied nature and observed in its entirety. She was awarded the Newberry medal ¿for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children¿ in the year of its publication. Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin. Miss Hickory. New York: The Viking Press, 1974.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    A superb book for the young reader

    Miss Hickory is a well written story about a delightful character made from apple twigs and a hickory nut. She lives amoung the forest creatures. The writing has such imagination a perfect fantasy book for the young reader. This book is timeless in the sense that if you enjoyed it as a young person, it will be one of the few remembered for your children and grandchildren. I really enjoyed reading Miss Hickory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2005

    best book ever

    this book is the best!miss hickory is fantastic! i have read it at least five times. it is my favorite book. i hope you will enjoy it just like i did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    A Little Girl's Fantasy

    I read this book as a child and was just fascinated by it. I loved it. I am 42 and recently saw it in our public library and decided I must have a copy of it to keep for myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2003

    I LOVE THIS BOOK.

    I WAS ONLY IN GRADE SCHOOL WHEN I FOUND THIS IN MY SCHOOL. CAN I FIND THIS BOOK IN BARNES NOBLE? IAM 52 AND I WANT THE OLD VERISION.I DON;T THINK I REMEMBER MISS HICKORY LOOKING LIKE THAT IN THE COVER. SO PLEASE HELP ME ,FIND THE RIGHT BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2003

    Interesting...

    This book is a great read. It has a children's imagination and IS mostly for children. Enjoy the book as it takes you threw the wonderful world of nature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2003

    A Woodland Fairy Tale!

    Miss Hickory is a very life-like.What i mean is very close to life understanding. This is to me a woodland fairy tale! Miss Hickory is a apple twig doll and a hickory nut for a head. She had the perfect life until Great Granny Brown moves to Boston for the winter. So then Miss Hickory was forced to move out of her home where she had funiture food and a warm environment. Now she musy find a new home.Can she, a little fragile twig doll survive a New Hampshire winter? She will have to use every survival skill she knows to survive. Will she ? Miss Hickory is by Carolyn Serwin Bailey. She was born in 1875 and lived until 1961. This book needs to be read by everyone. I gave this book three stars because i didnt think it was the best book i ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002

    MISS HICKORY - A WONDERFUL TALE OF SEASONS

    Miss Hickory has been my favorite children's book since I read it for the first time, when I was about 9 years old. She is a charming twig doll, with a very spunky personality, who learns to weather the 'storms' of life when she finds herself suddenly pushed out of her comfortable corncob house and forced to find another place to live. I've reread the book many times over the years and each time I read it, I find it more entertaining. I've also learned to appreciate how the book's happenings relate to nature and the changes in seasons. It's a delightful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    great book

    i think Miss Hickory is very enjoyable. i finished the book a few days ago and thought the ending was very interesting. when i first got it(for a book report)didn't think it would be very good,(i had just grabbed it off the shelf)but it ended up to be a book i would highly recomend.

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