This came off of someone's Top Ten Books list, and as I am also a fan of the young girl orphan genre, I thought I'd give it a look. These girls are considerably better treated than Sara Crewe of Miss Minchin's was. The girls are not the focus of the book -- the dolls, and their uncertain fate, are -- but there is still plenty of attention paid to details of interest to little girls, such as the contents of their Christmas stockings.
Now, I thought the book was very sweet, succinctly written with characters as interesting as any doll characters in children's chapter books may be. But I couldn't stop thinking I'd seen these characters before. I even recognize the illustration style, though not the illustrations themselves. Tatty... Little Anne... what book had they appeared in originally? It's just on the tip of my tongue. I wish I had an answer. Perhaps I will dream it tonight.
Labels: early elementary, holiday, spring reading thing