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William's Doll

William's Doll

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by Charlotte Zolotow, William Pene du Bois (Illustrator)

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More than anything, William wants a doll. "Don't be a creep," says his brother. "Sissy, sissy," chants the boy next door. Then one day someone really understands William's wish, and makes it easy for others to understand, too.


More than anything, William wants a doll. "Don't be a creep," says his brother. "Sissy, sissy," chants the boy next door. Then one day someone really understands William's wish, and makes it easy for others to understand, too.

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William is a happy little boy who wants only one thing: a doll. His brother calls him a sissy, and his father buys him "boy" toys to try to get him to change. When William's understanding grandmother learns what William wants, she takes him to the store and chooses a doll for him. She knows that William needs the doll to cuddle and love, and to help him become a caring father one day.

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Trophy Picture Bks.
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Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.07(d)
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Charlotte Zolotow—author, editor, publisher, and educator—has one of the most distinguished reputations in the field of children's literature. She has written more than seventy books, many of which are picture-book classics, such as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present and William's Doll. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

William Pene du Bois, as both artist and writer, charmed generations of readers with his distinct combination of inventiveness and elegant simplicity. Two of his most popular books are The Twenty One Balloons, winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal, and Lion, a Caldecott Honor Book in 1957. With handsome, delicate artwork, William Pene du Bois tailored his unmistakable style to suit Charlotte Zolotow's groundbreaking and tender story of a boy who wants a doll.

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story for both girls and boys. Girls usually have dolls but boys do not. William wants a doll and his Dad gets him a basketball instead. His Mom buys trains and his friends call him a "sissy". When his grandmother comes she says "wonderful" that you want a doll. She buys exactly the kind he wants and says now he csn grow up and learn how to be a good daddy just like his dad!
smartheat More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the greatest children's masterpieces that I have read and shared with my young sons. It is simple, yet profound, in that William (the child) was persistent in having his wish fulfilled of getting a special doll. Even though it seems out of character to many that a little boy, instead of a little girl, wanted a doll, no adult in the story stopped long enough to analyze the possible reason behind the request. Why did William not want a famous "basketball" to play outside and enjoy or another boy's tradiitonal gift, an electric train.? Some parent may have thought at the onset that the boy is just spoiled, is not mature enought to know that he is a boy, and thus, should play with manly things. But, simply William knew and enjoyed how his father took care of him and cared for him adn he wanted to do the same for someone else. He just wanted a toy doll to look after and show th esame attention and special nattention that he received. Finally, the adults gave him a chance to express his desire by watching him with the doll. This story can simply explain to young readers that thye can express themselves differently and just be normalregardless of their choice of a toy just as long as the adults stop long enough to understand the reasoning before trying to make the child change their opinion. Great analogy of a young person being determined and at the same time teaching the adult to understand they want to express thier own love and care they receive to someone else. A story of love, care, determination. A must-read for especially fro kindergartners to third grade to understand how to stand up when it is necessary to care for someone else, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandson has a doll to practice being a daddy. This book explains why he loves his baby. I am going to use it in my first grade class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! my psychology professor recomended I read it to my child. Both my son and I loved it.