Miss Hickory

Miss Hickory

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Penguin Putnam
A Newbery Award winner!

Most dolls lead a comfortable but unadventurous life. This was true of Miss Hickory until the fateful day that her owner, Ann, moves from her New Hampshire home to attend school in Boston?leaving Miss Hickory behind. For a small doll whose body is an apple-wood twig and whose head is a hickory nut, the prospect of spending a New Hampshire winter alone is frightening indeed. In this classic modern day fairy tale, what’s a doll to do?

Baker & Taylor
Miss Hickory's fight for survival in a deserted New Hampshire town with only animals for company--Crow, Bull Frog, and Ground Hog

Publisher: New York : The Vikings Press, c1974
ISBN: 9780670479405
Branch Call Number: j AWARD Fiction Bai
Characteristics: 120, [3] p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 22, 2018

Miss Hickory is a doll made from an apple branch, with a hickory nut head. She lives in a small house of corncobs, glued together for her by a neighbor boy. One fall her family moves to Boston for the winter, leaving Miss Hickory to fend for herself. She sews clothes out of leaves, finds berries to eat, and when her home is taken over by a chipmunk, she is helped by an old Crow to find a robin’s nest to stay in. Even though the family is gone for the winter, the barn is open, with neighbors caring for the cattle and cat.

I think many young readers of the 1940’s were closer to nature and farming than most of us are today and this story would have had appeal for them. Those young readers would have been more aware of the connection between the natural world and the passing of the seasons. The book is well-written with a lot of attention to the details of nature, although it is not very deep, except for the last two chapters. I would guess that most American children today would find it a pretty mild tale.


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