Trouble Dolls

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When Lizzy Rhinehart's father is lost in the Florida Everglades, she calls on the help of her golden retriever, tiny Guatemalan "trouble dolls," and a magic blue macaw to save him before a ferocious storm begins.

When her environmentalist father is lost in the Everglades, Lizzie sets out to find him with the help of her dog, Spooner, and a family of tiny Guatemalan trouble dolls.

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Overview

When Lizzy Rhinehart's father is lost in the Florida Everglades, she calls on the help of her golden retriever, tiny Guatemalan "trouble dolls," and a magic blue macaw to save him before a ferocious storm begins.

When her environmentalist father is lost in the Everglades, Lizzie sets out to find him with the help of her dog, Spooner, and a family of tiny Guatemalan trouble dolls.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this unusually long story geared to the older picture book reader, Lizzy Rhinehart discovers that her father, a noted environmentalist, has been lost in the Florida Everglades. Having only her housekeeper and her dog to rely on, Lizzy is distraught--until she remembers the ``trouble dolls'' her father bought her in Guatemala. Legend has it that if you tell the dolls your troubles before going to sleep, they will find a solution. Lifting up her pillow, Lizzy takes comfort at the sight of a tiny village full of trouble dolls busily working on all sorts of problems. The next day, with the dolls perched on her visor, Lizzy and her dog take off to find her father. This emotionally charged story is a welcome blend of myth and reality, set in modern times but connected by folklore to the world of animals and magic. Davis's atmospheric illustrations glow with the warm colors of the tropics and the same flavor as these collaborators' The Jolly Mon. Ages 6-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- Dr. Rhinehart, a scientist, is lost when his plane crashes in the Everglades. His young daughter, desperate to know what has happened to him, unpacks her Guatemalan trouble dolls. The four tiny figures come alive on her pillow and offer to guide her to her father. Encouraged by her wise Seminole housekeeper, Lizzy clambers aboard her sailboat and travels through alligator-infested waters. The dolls Pedro and Julio fly off on the back of a blue parrot, locate the downed plane, and lead Lizzy to her father. The lengthy, detailed plot with its predictable outcome depends too much on the unbelievable premise that the dolls can become actors in the world of real people, and that a nine-year-old child can fearlessly accomplish a dangerous rescue. However, the acrylic paintings, styled like Mexican murals and executed in bright Caribbean colors, are pleasant, and the affection between father and daughter is a touching feature. Youngsters attracted by the romance of the Everglades and by the celebrity status of Buffett and his daughter will enjoy the story for the make-believe adventure that it is. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152015015
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 449,075
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett has become a legend of popular culture as the composer of such classic songs as "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise." He has recorded more than thirty albums, most of which have gone gold, platinum, or multiplatinum, and his sold-out concert tours are an annual rite of summer for his fans. In addition to his musical credits, Buffett is also one of only six authors who have had number-one New York Times bestsellers in both fiction (Where Is Joe Merchant?) and nonfiction (A Pirate Looks at Fifty).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    LOVE THIS BOOK!

    This is a wonderfully written book. My kids love the story and we have read it many times. The illustrations are very colorful and the story is worderful, I highly recommend this book.

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