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Long neglected dolls come awake and help their new owner and her elderly aunt find a treasure hidden in their dollhouse years ago.
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Grade 4-6 That this is a mystery will not be evident early on. In fact, the mystery is handled so routinely that it is solved before readers are sure there was one. Sir Gregory, an antique china doll, is the first to awaken from a long nap of neglect. He, his family and their three-story dollhouse have been owned by successive descendants of the Boston clipper Captain Wurling, whose family tree is diagrammed as the book's frontispiece (although at a 40-year variance from the text.) Now the Captain's granddaughter, Abby, nearly 90 and fortune depleted, ships dolls and house to Gail, her unknown great, great niece. A miniature parchment hanging on the dollhouse wall suggests to Gail the possibility of hidden treasure. Sir Gregory, with trusty toy sword in hand, abets its discovery. Great-Aunt Abby accepts the found treasurea rubyas a legacy from her father that will rescue her from poverty. The story's perspective moves erratically among the various characters, flesh and china; none are ever infused with any life. Happily, Loccisano's handful of soft pencil illustrations enliven the scenes they depict. Children with a ready-honed affinity for dolls and dollhouses might enjoy this staid story, but they would be more felicitously directed to Sylvia Cassedy's Behind the Attic Wall (Crowell, 1983). Godden's The Dolls' House (Penguin, 1976) and Tregarthen's The Doll Who Came Alive (Harper, 1972,) are better for younger or less proficient readers. Katharine Bruner, Brown Middle School Library, Harrison, Tenn.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Scholastic, Incorporated, 1987. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110590404199
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