Miss Polly Has a Dolly

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Miss Polly has a dolly who is sick, sick, sick She calls for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick

Children have been chanting "Miss Polly Had a Dolly" for centuries. But the original rhyme only had eight lines. Now for the first time, Pamela Duncan Edwards expands on the original to answer the question of what happens next (they all go out for ice cream when Dolly is feeling better)

. Newcomer Elicia Castaldi gives Miss Polly an amazing new ...

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Overview

Miss Polly has a dolly who is sick, sick, sick She calls for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick

Children have been chanting "Miss Polly Had a Dolly" for centuries. But the original rhyme only had eight lines. Now for the first time, Pamela Duncan Edwards expands on the original to answer the question of what happens next (they all go out for ice cream when Dolly is feeling better)

. Newcomer Elicia Castaldi gives Miss Polly an amazing new look that perfectly matches the spunky rhythm of the text.

Musical arrangement (for piano and guitar) with finger play instructions are included on the endpapers, so kids can sing along and act out the words.

Rhyming tale of a sick dolly, the care she receives from her doctor and Miss Polly, and the treat she is offered when she becomes well.

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Publishers Weekly
This catchy song, whose musical notation is given as an endpaper bonus, explains that "Miss Polly has a dolly who is sick, sick, sick/ She calls for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick!" In her foreword, Edwards (Some Smug Slug) recalls skipping rope to the rhyme, and now feels the need to give it closure ("I was always puzzled by the fact that we never knew if Miss Polly's dolly recovered from her illness," she writes). Here, pink-cheeked Miss Polly worriedly watches a frowning, yellow-faced doll in a pea-green dress. Her physician, a boy who rides a red tricycle and wears blue scrubs, listens to the doll's heart with his stethoscope and writes "1 pill for dolly" on a scrap of paper. Miss Polly offers a button-size blue pill, marked with a big "P," to the sad-faced doll, who takes a nap and wakes up smiling. In the slightly awkward closing couplets, the doctor pronounces the doll "fit, fit, fit": " `Miss Polly,' says the doctor with a great big beam/ `Let's take the dolly out for... ice cream, cream, cream!' " Castaldi, making her children's debut, creates loose collages of paper scraps, photos and crayony lines, la Vladimir Radunsky or Lauren Child. She gives the doll some concerned nursery friends like a stuffed pig and rubber duck. Unfortunately, this playground verse comes across as an unironic encounter between a conventionally male doctor and housewifely mom-sprightly but strangely old-fashioned. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
I had a lot of fun jumping rope when I was a kid, but this is not a rhyme familiar to me. Not that it matters, many kids have probably heard it and heard it from parents and grandparents. What intrigued Pamela Duncan Edwards was that the story seemed to have no end. That it stuck with her all these years goes to show the power of oral tradition and its impact on kids and all of us throughout our lives. (Yes, I can still recite many of the nursery rhymes I learned at a very young age.) Edwards decided to remedy the situation by writing her own verse to follow up with what happened to the Dolly after the doctor prescribed the pill. Happily for all concerned, Dolly got well and she and Miss Polly seem to have lived happily ever after. The end papers contain the words, music, and finger play suggestions for the rhyme. The art has the look of collage, and Miss Polly and her Dolly are not in proportion—their heads are overly large in comparison to their bodies. That could be a bit off-putting, but the simple pictures will probably appeal to younger kids. Interestingly, since this is a jump rope rhyme, no one is shown jumping rope. 2003, Penguin Putnam, Ages 2 to 6.
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PreS-Gr 1-A traditional street chant has been given an expanded lyric and music in this picture book. Each page has one line of rhyme that dances and stretches across the page. Children will have lots of fun as they sing, chant, and clap along with the rhythmic text. "Miss Polly has a dolly who is sick, sick, sick/She calls for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick!" Music and lyrics appear on the front and back endpapers, along with finger-play motions. Paint, collage, and computer graphics create simple figures and lots of patterns, all in a palette of light blues, yellows, and greens with splashes of primary color. The text swirls and curves over the page with lines and small drawings that suggest a small child's doodling. Perfect for storytime, this title can be read aloud as a story, sung or chanted with a group, or simply shared between adult and child.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399238574
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/27/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 0.01 (d)

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