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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Hitty Her First Hundred Years

Jun 21, Megan Baxter rated it liked it. View all 21 comments. Give it a read! It’s challenging to look at American history and it’s challenging to examine the dynamic of race relations today.

I would suggest two ideal uses for this particular Newbery Medal winner. Rachel Field wrote A Prayer for a Child for her own daughter, before sharing it with children around the world.

Rachel Field’s Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

Hitty charmed and impressed children and adults who beheld her. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Another one you all seem to have read and loved that I never picked up before. I guess there is a niche of kids who like this sort of thing. As far as style goes in the writing, it leaves something to be desired. Overall, this is a book without too much to recommend it to modern audiences.

Oddly the adult characters were better developed than many of the children. Published in36th printing. Young Phoebe was very proud of her beautiful doll and took her everywhere, even on a long sailing trip in a whaler. Over a period of years Hitty can hear all that goes on around her but cannot speak or influence her fate, but we know at some point she has been able to tell her story.


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One glance at her portrait will show that she is no ordinary doll. Mead wrote this charming book, and the friend that was with her in the antique store, Dorothy Lathrop, provides fantastic illustrations.

Hitty tends to favor white Americans as her preferred caretakers.

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field

I can’t believe I forgot this book! A favorite from my childhood that has worn exceedingly well. At various times, she is lost at sea and also under sofa cushions, abandoned in a hayloft, serves as part of a snake-charmer ‘s act, and meets the famous writer Charles Hitthbefore arriving at her new owner’s summer home in Maine, which turns out to be the original Preble residence where she first lived.

Jul 11, Ally Copper rated it really liked it Shelves: But it did make a point to explain how the Quakers believed that all human beings deserved the same amount of respect, and although they were opposed to violence, supported President Lincoln’s decision to go to war with the South over the issue of slavery. I liked this better as a child than I do now. The illustrations by Dorothy Lathrop are beautifully done.

Toward the end, last 30 pages or so I was ready for it to end Also shop in Also hindred in. Refresh and try again. Here’s a link chronologically listing Hitty’s adventures that’s pretty interesting. Told from the perspective of a doll named Hitty. Using an inanimate being, with no control over her world, can be limiting in a protagonist. The narration of a doll gave this story an unusual viewpoint. I had loved the illustrated edition, and when I firsg the original book at Borders one day a good few years later, I freaked.

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Oct 09, Melody rated it really liked it. Hitty is an imagined history of a small doll carved from a piece of mountain ash—inspired by a real doll that its author, Rachel Field, found uitty a New York City antiques shop—which takes its heroine around the globe via whaling vessel and Missisippi river boat, and in the custody of many different children.

May 31, Benji Martin rated it it was ok.

Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. Oftentimes, I’ll read in reviews of Newbery winners that it’s unfair to ho If you’ve wondered why racism persists in our country I havetake a look at some several of the Newbery winners and you will see the ways in which white superiority were embedded in our culture. I am a oll collector and have been for many, many years. She began her life in Maine with her first owner, Phoebe Preble.

Hitty, or Mehitable as she was really named, was made in the early s for Phoebe Preble, a lit Hitty is a doll of great charm and character. Yes that is really the depths to which this little Hitty doll comes across as human and sympathetic as well as morally upright.

She is often quite funny when commiserating over her fading beauty.

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