Hitty: Her First Hundred Years

Hitty: Her First Hundred Years

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ISBN-13: 9780689822841
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Edition description: Original
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 300,605
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Rachel Field wrote A Prayer for a Child for her own daughter, before sharing it with children around the world. Rachel Field’s other books for children include Newbery Medalist Hitty, Her First Hundred Years; Calico Bush; and Hepatica Hawks.

Table of Contents

IIn Which I Begin My Memoirs1
IIIn Which I Go Up in the World and Am Glad to Come Down Again17
IIIIn Which I Travel-by Land and Sea31
IVIn Which We Go to Sea40
VIn Which We Strike Our First and Last Whales51
VIIn Which I Join the Fishes and Rejoin the Prebles69
VIIIn Which I Learn the Ways of Gods, Natives, and Monkeys82
VIIIIn Which I Am Lost in India93
IXIn Which I Have Another Child to Play with Me106
XIn Which I Am Rescued and Hear Adelina Patti121
XIIn Which I Sit for My Daguerreotype and Meet a Poet139
XIIIn Which I Go Into Camphor, Reach New York, and Become a Doll of Fashion149
XIIIIn Which I Spend a Disastrous New Year's and Return to New England161
XIVIn Which I End My Hay-Days and Begin a New Profession174
XVIn Which I Learn Much oF Plantations, Post Offices, and Pin Cushions196
XVIIn Which I Return to Familiar Scenes210
XVIIIn Which I Am Sold at Auction223

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Hitty Her First Hundred Years 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
I have been meaning to read Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field (illustrated wonderfully in what I assume is pen and ink by Dorothy P. Lathrop) for a rather long time. Several years ago my mother bought me a reproduction Hitty doll by Robert Raikes (big deal carver of dolls and bears though he no longer seems to be making Hitty dolls). After buying the doll, and doing a bit of research, we found an edition of Field's novel with the original 1929 text and illustrations. There is another, newer, edition with updated text by Rosemary Wells and illustrations by Susan Jeffers. The newer book came out, I believe, to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of Field's original novel. I never read this version, actually sending it back upon realizing it was an adaptation, but other reviewers' outrage at the changes suggest I was right to do so. If you haven't guessed already, Hitty fans are numerous and loyal. As the subtitle suggests, Hitty is already a centenarian at the start of Field's fictionalized account of her adventures. Safely ensconced in a New York antique store equipped with quill and paper, Hitty decides it is high time to begin setting her story down for posterity. What follows is a children's novel that truly deserves the Newberry Medal it received in 1930 for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." Hitty begins her life as a lucky piece of mountain-ash wood carried by an old peddler. In exchange for lodging during a particularly bad Maine winter, the Old Peddler decides to carve his piece of wood into a doll for the family's seven-year-old child, Phoebe Preble. Hitty and Phoebe have their share of adventures during their time together. More, it might be argued, than one doll could manage (including a section that reads very much like part of Moby Dick geared to a much younger audience). But, as readers realize soon enough, Hitty is no ordinary doll. As the story progresses, Hitty passes through many hands and a variety of owners. Like most things, some owners prove better than others in the same way that certain events of Hitty's life are more worthy of space in her memoirs than others. When you realize that this book is from 1929, well before any other doll novels were published, it becomes clear that Hitty is something special because Field did it first. At first, I thought the novel might come off as dated since it was written so long ago. But I was happily proven wrong and found that the text stood up to my modern standards as well as Hitty's chemise survives her first century. Many of the insights that Hitty expresses throughout the book remain very accurate to this day. Hitty's calm demeanor and buoyant spirit also help to make this doll downright lovable. Field's prose is wonderful. Even though I knew Hitty was safe in the antique shop, each new peril left me fearing for Hitty and in a state of suspense until I found out if she had survived. The people that Hitty passes during the course of her first century are equally well-realized in the text. In terms of classic children's literature (especially for a younger child), I can't think of many better examples. If, you want still more Hitty, you can check out Gail Wilson's website. This very talented (and expensive) doll makers features her own version of Hitty available both ready-made and as a kit.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing 5 days ago
This was an enjoyable book to read. It was unique in that the narrator is timeless and so is looking at things from a unique perspective. The fact that Hitty was passed around so much and yet somehow ended back where she started at the beginning of the book was a little contrived, but it made for fun reading anyhow.
SHARONTHEIL on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Rachel Field was the first woman to win the Newbery Medal, for her book Hitty: Her First Hundred Years. This book combines two popular genres of children's literature: the toy story and historic fiction. This is the tale of a doll named Hitty as she tells her story of the first hundred years of her life. The other doll story to win the Newbery Medal, Miss Hickory, is also historic fiction, and teaches young readers what life was like in the 19th century. The story's writing is lovely; however, the story lacks the strong conflicts and universal themes that today¿s young readers enjoy, so the book seems out of date.
jopearson56 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is the neat story of a doll, carved from Mountain Ash wood in the early part of the 18th century, and the many owners and adventures she has in her first hundred years. The doll narrates the story and has such a lovely way of speaking, you are always rooting for her and admiring her patience in difficult situations. I wish I knew where her antique store is: I'd buy her and give her more adventures!
cmbohn on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Just finished this one. Really an entertaining story, although the pace was sometimes rather slow. For a doll, Hitty had a very exciting life! I remember enjoying this story as a girl and it was still fun to read.
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Hitty is a doll that has been passed from its original owner to various other owners but has still kept her good nature. This teaches a child much in the way that your first learned behavior remains with you the rest of your life, as with Hitty. As with Hitty, I believe that if a child is taught good morals and etiquette, that even if they encounter bad people in their future, these good teachings will remain.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hitty: Her First Hundred Years is a story young readers will enjoy. The story begins with Hitty sitting on a little wooden desk in an antique shop. In her own charming manner, she tells her story of over a hundred years. She has many owners, some treated her with love and care and made her beautiful clothes, while other owners weren't so kind. Hitty also talks about her adventures and you can see that by the way she describes her new owners and her surroundings that the times have changed. What I found interesting about this story is the way different people treated Hitty. Some were children and some were adults. Rachel Field did a marvelous job of writing this book. Hitty has a geniune personality. A wonderful book for any girl to read or to be read to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! It tells the story of a doll who goes through many life experiences just as a person would. It basically talks about life from the perspective of a doll. There are also life lessons that are talked about in the book. These lessons are very clear and directly stated in the book which go along with the current situation. I loved reading this book because of all the adventures. I would highly recommend this book, it's a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, as originally written by Rachel Field in 1929, is delightful. The story follows the adventures of a doll, carved by a peddler from a piece of mountain ash, as told in her own words. From being proclaimed a ¿heathen¿ goddess on a South Seas Island, traveling with a snake charmer in India, being alternately a fashion plate and a demure Quakeress in the midst of the Civil War, Hitty and her story are truly captivating. Rachel Field has given the world a wonderfully exciting and deeply touching glimpse at history through the eyes to this remarkable doll. The charm of this old fashioned story is enduring, powerful enough to endear itself to each new generation of readers that discovers it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hitty her First hundred years is an excellent read for people wanting a great adventure story. I picked up this book not knowing what to expect because I am reading all of the newbery books. I have to say I was well pleased with the way the story was written and the wonderful descriptions of the surroundings and feelings of the doll. I would recommend this book to anyone. I have read the old version and I do not think that it needed to be improved upon. It was wonderfully written. Why rewrite a classic?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Someone was asking me to reccomend a good children's novel and I immediately remembered this one. I must have read it at least 5 or 6 times as a child. I would reccomend to any young girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book and I hope everyone has a chance to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not quite done the book yet but I only have a few pages left to go. I chose this book because my friend reccomended it. I thought it would be about a doll with an ordinary life but it was nothing like that. Hitty was carved out of mountain ash wood which is-according to the story-lucky. She travels all around the world and has several owners who all love her and unfortunatley lose her at some point. It is a realistic-fiction book and I like reading that type of story.I liked the book because it had a lot of good discription of where Hitty was and it had detail. Such as "I thought I could not last even one more night like this with these twigs poking me all over, surely my dress is ruined for good."I think this is a great book to read and I reccomend it to you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book 17 years ago in a Language Arts class in 6th grade. I havent forgot it yet. The book has old world charm and is very eventful. I recommend this book to all little girls with a big imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book because my grandmother bought it for me. I am a couple years out of the age range they give but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Hitty a week ago, by going over to a friend's house, and dsicvoering it. The book was written in large font. 'It's a baby book,' Molly said. But I read on. The book was not a baby book at all. The story of Hitty's many owners, the sadness when I read that Hitty never saw her first owner again. I felt awful for her when she was stolen, and stuck in a glass case with some snotty French dolls. Throughout the story you can relate to Hitty the whole time. It's terrific. I have many dolls myself, but I think I'd love to have Hitty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hitty was a very special doll. She lived with so many different people, that there were almost too many to count. Hitty had a life full of adventure. Her life began when an old peddlar carved her out of mountain ash wood. She is said to be good luck. The old peddlar gave her to Phoebe Preble. To find out who she goes through all of her adventures with, you have to read the book!