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Mary Ann is a pioneer girl who lives on a rustic Utah farm with her mother and father. Her best friend is her homemade wheat-filled doll. One day Mary Ann sets Betty on a stump while she pulls carrots in the garden. Suddenly a storm sweeps across the valley, and Mary Ann's parents hurry her into the safety of the cabin. After the storm, the girl searches everywhere but she cannot find her beloved doll. Mary Ann is lonely without it all winter, but in spring she discovers a doll-shaped patch of wheat sprouting from the mud near where the toy was lost. She tends the sprouts and makes a new doll from the grains. This is a sweet story of loss and renewal told with empathy and feeling that is never heavy-handed. There is just the right amount of detail to make the setting seem real without bogging down the narrative. Farnsworth's realistic oil paintings have a warm, soft quality that matches the tone of the text. Like the author, he adds just enough detail to establish the setting without distracting from the main subject. This picture book is a great addition to all collections, but has special appeal to libraries in areas with a pioneer heritage.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
Posted September 6, 2012
In the nineteenth-century little girls that lived on farms usually had handmade dolls. Rag dolls stuffed with rags, saw dust, hay or wheat anything that was at hand.
This was the case for Mary Ann she had a lovely little doll stuffed with wheat. Her doll's name was Betty and she had pretty black satin embroidery eyes. Betty spent most of her time in Mary Ann's apron pocket. She would listen to and watch Mary Ann do everything. Like making candles and work in the garden. She went everywhere with Mary Ann because they were best friends and best friends kept secrets. Then one day during a bad storm Betty got separated from Mary Ann. Mary Ann was very sad and never stopped looking for Betty.
Was Mary Ann ever able to be reunited with Betty? I hope you will buy the book to find the answer.
This is a lovely story. The author heard a friend tell about one of their ancestor's real life story of Mary Ann and her wheat doll. That was when the author decided to write the story of THE WHEAT DOLL. What a wonderful thing she did by writing this story so everyone can enjoy the tale of the little girl and her wheat doll.
The illustrator did a beautiful job in capturing Mary Ann and her little wheat doll. You can see the sorrow Mary Ann experienced over being separated from Betty in the illustrations.
This is a story you will want to share with everyone young and old.
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Posted May 28, 2009
This book was the winner of the 2009 International Reading Association Children's and Young Adult's Book Award (Primary Fiction Category). It is a great addition to your library, both for the story (which is based on a true story from the 1800s) and the illustrations.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2008
I got this book for my daughter and she absolutely loves it! It is a heartwarming story with beautiful illustrations. I wish this book was around when I was a little girl.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2008
Posted September 30, 2008
Posted September 30, 2008
This story quickly tops the list of perfect children's picture books. The illustrations fit this heartwarming story perfectly. My family loves this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 14, 2008
I thought it was a wonderful book that will be great for the whole family. Well written with colorful pictures, this book is great now and will be for generations to come.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 14, 2012
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