Dolls and Why We Love Them by Mary Thompson, Welleran Poltarnees
Dolls have been our companions from the dawn of human intelligence. They are beloved by both children and adults, and their appeal is as complex as our consciousness. This volume evokes this appeal through its many and varied illustrations, a variety of quotations from books on dolls and toys and their place in our lives, and the author's insights. The images in Dolls and Why We Love Them are all illustrations from old children's books.
WELLERAN POLTARNEES has a lifelong love of gardens. His first memory is falling out of his baby carriage and landing on a bed of odorous white flowers which not only kept him from injury, but made the experience a sensual delight. He collects books about, and pictures of, gardens but there are few timeless things that he does not so honor. He uses a book called Great Gardens of the World as a guide whenever he travels, and, with the exception of the Boboli Gardens in Florence, which came highly recommended and which he found monotonous the gardens have always refreshed him. His favorite time for gardens is night. His favorite garden music is Manuel De Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain", and his favorite garden poem is "The Garden" by Andrew Marvell.