Children's LiteratureThe lyrics to a song entitled, "My Dolly" comprise the text of this book. The sheet music is on the reverse side of the jacket of the book. The illustrations are colorful, energetic and diverse, with a mixture of different types of art from several artists. Some are the work of children, some are photographs and others have been created by Vladimir Radunsky. They complement the words of the song. The book would have been much more enjoyable if I had learned the tune to the song before I read it. The lyrics describe things a child can do with a dolly such as put on clothes, make the dolly sing, dance, play with toys and eat, and give the dolly kisses. 2001, Candlewick Press, . Ages 2 to 4. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-This text is a 1954 song, loose and lilting with lots of repetition within each stanza as well as a chorus that reoccurs four times, but it's stilted when read rather than sung. The dolly gets dressed, sings, eats, plays, and then she goes to sleep-"And she looks like this." Unfortunately, there is no character development within the art to support this linear progression. Rather, the vividly patterned collage illustrations don't always focus on "my dolly"; other toys or animals are often in the forefront. While these dolls flop around at random and appear sporadically among the pages, a more traditionally identifiable "doll" with an inverted teacup on her head is seen on almost every spread. Readers will try to associate this character with the text and yet the two don't always mesh. The other toys parade across the blank background with equal aplomb. Then, once a vague sense of acceptance of this nonconformity is established, the typeface is replaced by a child's scrawl while what appears to be a child's art appears with photographs of the artist's own childhood dolls. Literal-minded kids will find this book unsettling.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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