Thursday, March 7, 2013

a favorite children's book: miss hickory

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P.S. I found these instructions on how to create your own Miss Hickory doll! It looks just like the illustrations!

15 comments:

natalie jo said...

Oh my goodness! I was just recently introduceD to the world of Miss Hickory dolls by a friend and now am seeing references to her everywhere. I too love the book and think a doll may be in my future as well!

And if you haven't already read it you might want to get yourself a copy of "Hitty" by Rachel Field...I'm sure you'll love that story just as much!

Anna McClurg said...

Natalie, This is such a lovely little book. Do try to find a copy if you can! I didn't know they made Miss Hickory dolls! I LOVE Hitty! I was planning to do a little post about that book as well. It is one of my all time favorite books growing up. I DREAMED of having that doll. Such great books!

Sarah said...

What a charming book! I love to collect vintage books, and will be sure to look for "Miss Hickory". : )

Anonymous said...

If you haven't, try reading the Betsy Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. I read these books every year.

beth lehman said...

i grew up hearing miss hickory read and read it myself over and over. i found a copy a few years back at our thrift store, but forgot about it!! thank you for the reminder. i'm going to pull it out now that my kids are old enough to hear it!!! i always loved the illustrations!

The Mossy Cottage said...

How have I never heard of this darling book? Now the search is on.

Pavinee s said...

I usually don't buy old or second-hand book (allergic to the dust sometimes) but I did buy a copy of this right away! Lovely illustrations, really love it :D

I also have Hitty but haven't read it yet. You have to love the old-style line-drawing illustration :)

And I plan to buy the Betsy Tacy series too!

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Elizabeth said...

That book is positively adorable. I'm a big lover of charming and well illustrated children's books. Thanks for this post, and the link to make the doll :)

Margo said...

I agree! She's so charming. And really, a good story, well-told, is a delight to everybody. As a parent, I am quick to spot the GOOD stories because I don't mind reading them over and over to my children, but the stooooopid books written by people who think it's easy to write a children's book try my patience and often quietly disappear from our shelves.

Jackie said...

Just stumbled across your blog. I've never read Miss Hickory, but you definitely made me want to!

Katherine said...

Such a "blast from the past" seeing your post... I loved this book so much as a child! Such a great story, and I secretly always wanted to be like Miss Hickory with her quaint woodland existence! Thanks for bringing a wonderful moment of nostalgia to my day via your post and photos :)

Heather said...

What a sweet little book! I've never seen this, but I love the illustrations. And Hitty: Her First Hundred Years was the first chapter book I ever read myself, so it's so special to me :)

Melanie Goad said...

I think I may have read this as a child. The images seem ever so faintly familiar. More a feeling than a memory.

MarmeeCraft said...

Oh lovely! I've never seen this book or the sweet illustrations before! Thank so much for sharing, I'll have to share this with our wee girl! : )

Jade Malone said...

Your photos are so simple and beautiful!