Illustrator Louise Goodman Ida's doll

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Ida's doll

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9780060222758: Ida's doll

Bess understands her younger sister's wish for a doll and does her best to satisfy that wish.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Ida lives with her grandmother and her older sister, Bess; their sunny, one-room cottage in the idyllic, pristine, European-looking small village is the center of most family activity. Barefoot, pink-cheeked children play follow-the-leader outside during the day; at night, Ida wishes for a doll to love and hug. Because her family is apparently too poor to buy one, unselfish and understanding Bess gives Ida her arm to cradle (as she would a doll). As she sleeps contentedly, Ida dreams of hundreds of wonderful dolls. This nostalgic story focuses on the close relationship between the sisters and, to a lesser extent, with their hard-working grandmother. The characters are not well developed, however; one never comes to know them well. That the family is poor is conveyed primarily through visual cues in softly hued, highly idealized illustrations. As with the text, more is implied than presented, leaving a great deal up to readers. Adults may find this more appealing than children. --Maria B. Salvadore, District of Columbia Public Library
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

During the daytime, Ida loves the sunlight's patterns on the floors, and the oven's warm smells of baking. When she plays outside, all the children follow her lead. Her family is poor, but Ida doesn't notice until night falls. Then, when she climbs into the bed she shares with her older sister Bess, Ida wishes she had a doll to cradle. Ida tells no one of her wish, but Bess remembers what it was like to be Ida's age. She offers her sister her arm, to be held like a baby; even when her arm is cramped, Bess leaves it in Ida's arms, cherishing her sister's still, happy sleep. And Ida, who still dreams of wonderful dolls, revels in Bess's care. This sounds sentimental, but because the story is, at its core, so lovingly intended, readers probably won't mind. Carter's illustrations set the real mood of the piece; her watercolors move the action from the clear, sunny hues of midday to the bluish, twilight world of Ida's dreams. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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