Rachel Field’s Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Rosemary Wells, Author, Susan Jeffers, Illustrator Simon & Schuster $ (p) ISBN Hitty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field – Hitty is a doll of great charm and character. It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs, which, besides. HITTY – HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS. RACHEL FIELD. WINNER OF THE NEWSBERY MEDAL. CHAPTER 1. In Which I Begin My Memoirs. The antique shop.

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Oddly the adult characters were better developed than many of the children. So the Peddler decided to stay on and help with odd jobs round the place till spring, since Captain Preble was off on his ship for months to come.

Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Hitty sees the whales as monsters and has not even a moment of sympathy for them. I liked this better as a child than I do now. Published September 1st by Aladdin first published There were potentially exciting moments like the shipwreck or the auction near the end, and even in those moments I felt like I was trudging through thick mud just trying to make it through!

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She began her life in Maine with her first owner, Phoebe Preble. Jun 20, Wendy rated it really liked it Shelves: I think I can safely blame this book for my dislike of dolls now. It was a small piece, which accounts for my being slightly under-sized even for a doll, and he treasured it, having brought it across the sea from Ireland. Frontier life, a whaling ship, an Indian snake charmer, missionaries, Philadelphia Quakers, a New Orleans cotton exposition – this is a doll who got around!

And there just is no escaping it. I loved the depiction of the Quaker family. I read it almost without stopping, though the first half was superior to the second. This story about a beloved doll and her adventures was surprisingly interesting.

Having a protagonist limited in conversational skills seems to have necessitated that the narrator tell the reader everything she should be thinking about the goings-on in the story. The scope of the story is to be admired and enjoyed.


Hitty Her First Hundred Years

Mostly he did his best business hhndred May to November when roads were open and the weather not too cold for farmers’ wives and daughters to stand on their doorsteps as he spread out his wares. Hitty regards the “natives” in the story with disdain and often refers to the “brown people” she sees in and around India.

This page was last updated: Jan 28, Kristen rated it liked it Shelves: I expected it to be cheesy, but it was highly readable, suspenseful, and very funny. Do not read the new bastardized revision that has nothing to do with the original. Hitty is taken on trips, passed from girl to girl, het even lost during her first hundred years.

Uears was sure to show that they were now happy and content to be working for wages. It was a fast paced highly readable tale about a wooden carved doll who goes through many adventures and countries.

Rachel Field’s Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

But such a clever idea and really quite a fun story. Mead wrote this charming book, and the friend that was with her in the antique store, Dorothy Lathrop, provides fantastic illustrations. Aug 24, Mary rated it it was amazing. As a confirmed doll hater in my youth, I never read Hitty – until now.

Newbery Medal Winner This is the first Newbery winner of the 30’s and the first written by a woman–and for the most part, was pretty enjoyable. The illustrations by Dorothy Lathrop are beautifully done. As the book itself is drawing near its th birthday, there are certain portions that may be considered politically incorrect for modern readers.

Of course, Hitty is passive—a point that struck me, as an adult, in ways it never did as a child. Oct 14, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: Told from the perspective of a doll named Hitty.

Read as part of the Read the Newberys” reading project.

Hitty, Her Second Hundred Years

Rachel Field wrote A Prayer for a Child for her own daughter, before sharing it with children around the world. Sadly, the same racism and class-ism that plagued a few of the winners from the ‘s is present in Hitty as well.


She was carved from lucky mountain ash by a pedlar shown kindness by a Maine family in the late s-early s. In answer to this question, Ms. If you can look past the racism, and there is a lot of it, then there is some charm to this book about a doll telling her tale of the last hundred years.

Lathrop, Macmillan. You know why I can’t give up my toys?

Pages to import images to Wikidata. The most fascinating part of the book, was the time in which Hitty belonged to a Quaker family. Nicholas Magazine and was educated at Radcliffe College. I don’t know, but I was as engrossed in the quaint and charming writing of this book as I used to be in any story of the “Littles” or “The Borrowers”.

However, considering that Hitty, her First Hundred years is of course first and yeafs a product of its time and its place, I certainly do value and respect the novel for what it is and what it represents and have therefore definitely enjoyed it considerably more and lastingly than Rosemary Wells’ more recent and totally annoying if not in fact historically inaccurate and inappropriate adaptation, because her Rachel Field’s Hitty: I guess there is a niche of kids who like this sort of thing.

The premise of htity life of a doll who goes on many adventures lives on a whaling ship, is stranded on a desert island, travels India, sees the evolution of transportation technology from carriages to steam ships to trains to automobiles to airplanes is really very clever. Jun 07, Falina rated it really liked it Shelves: Do you collect dolls too?

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