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Dreaming of the beautiful porcelain doll in the window of Grover's store, young Hallie never expects that her wish for the doll will come true, especially when Papa falls ill. By the author of Mama, Let's Dance.
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Steeped in almost sugary sweetness, Hermes's (On Winter's Wind) first picture book gains its momentum from her inspired turns of phrase and Baker's (Honkers; Looking for Angels) soft, intimate watercolors. Hallie and her father, figures from an indistinct rural past, have a close relationship, making wishes on their moonlit walks while "above them, stars hung so low they seemed to tangle in the branches of the cottonwood tree." But he falls ill and for several months Hallie must take care of him. She is lonely but selfless, and her devotion is eventually rewarded with the fulfillment of her greatest, always unvoiced wish: a doll with a china head. Baker's winter-hued illustrations, particularly the nighttime scenes of coyote pups or rabbits bathed in lavender light, are as calm and quiet as snowfall. They stress Hallie's resilience: where the text describes a Christmas without any presents, the art shows the girl stoically hanging up paper ornaments. Even with its treacly ending, this offering should satisfy readers in the mood for an old-fashioned moral tale. Ages 4-8.
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Hermes (On Winter's Wind, 1995, etc.), in her first picture book effort, pens a sweet and sentimental tale that glows with Baker's radiant watercolors. Hallie walks with her father in the moonlight when spring is so close that she ``could feel its breath in her hair.'' They catch glimpses of wildlife, and Hallie tells him her wishes, but keeps one wish to herself. Papa becomes ill that fall, and Hallie's Aunt Belle, a quilter, comes to care for him: Christmas holds no wishes that year. But when spring and Hallie's March birthday come around, the doll she had secretly longed for appears on her bed, wrapped in one of Aunt Belle's quilts. And Papa is well enough to walk a bit that evening. Baker fills the pages with luminous shades of lavender, periwinkle, and silver grey: People, animals, household items, and landscape are rendered with a full and lively line. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Baker, Leslie (illustrator). First Edition. A poignant story about a girl's wish for a porcelain doll and her ill father. Seller Inventory # 1366
Book Description Little Brown & Co, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110316360058
Book Description Little Brown and Company, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0316360058