William's Doll

William's Doll

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ISBN-13: 9780064430678
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/1985
Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 149,430
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.08(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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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William's Doll 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing 5 months ago
William's father encourages his son to play with basketballs and toy trains, but all William really wants is a doll to take care of. This should be required reading for all children and their parents. People don't always fit the molds we've created for them, and asking them to deny their true selves is asking them to sacrifice their happiness.Lovely illustrations, though I'm surprised William's father allowed him to wear the apricot ascot.
bestwhensimple on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This wonderful book by acclaimed children's book author Charlotte Zolotow is the story of a boy named William who wants a doll. The story describes the various responses that William gets when he tells people about his desire. These responses vary from outright mocking (calling him a "sissy") to diversionary tactics (buying him a basketball and a train set instead of a doll). The story ends on a very happy note, as William's grandmother realizes the importance of having a doll for future parents of all genders.This book is delicately illustrated by William Pène de Bois' watercolor and pencil drawings. I especially appreciated the beginning illustrations which depict William's miming of parental actions, such as putting a baby to bed, and how these mimed actions are responded to with laughter by William's brother and neighbor. Here, we can see how insensitive these boys can be when a boy goes against gender norms. The illustrations in this story tell as much as the words do. The last illustration we see is of William, gingerly holding the doll that his grandmother bought for him. It's a wonderful image.For its questioning of gendered playtime activities, this book is a fantastic read for young readers. The illustrations are great to look at, too.
fvalle89 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book was very heartwarming and could be used in a classroom meeting to address issues if boys are being made fun of. About why a boy wants a doll and no one else understands why but we find out.
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.