Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Fairy Doll and Other Tales from the Dolls' House - Rumer Godden

Title: The Fairy Dolls and Other Tales from the Dolls' House
Author: Rumer Godden
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books, 2012 (Hardcover)
Length: 468 pages
Genre: Children's Classic, Fantasy
Started: January 19, 2013
Finished: January 25, 2013

From the back cover:

Dolls cannot tell you anything, but often their wish is as strong as telling. Have you ever felt a doll's wish?

Discover the secret life of dolls in this wonderful collection of classic stories by one of the most celebrated writers for children of the last century.

The Fairy Doll
The Story of Holly and Ivy
The Dolls' House
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower
Little Plum
Impunity Jane
Candy Floss

I have a soft spot for children's classics, especially old ones, so after reading one of Rumer Godden's doll books a few months ago and seeing the listing for this collection I knew I'd be picking it up.

This collection includes seven books, and I appreciate collections especially in cases like this since most of these individual stories are either out of print or otherwise hard to obtain. My favourites were the stories of the Japanese dolls (no surprises there): Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, and Little Plum. The Story of Holly and Ivy I'd read before and it's a great Christmas story, as is The Fairy Doll, and they're both short too.

A wonderful addition to a little girl's library, especially one with an appreciation for classic stories.

Thoughts on the cover:
I think the designers were trying to go for an old fashioned look for the cover and it works here, the border with the embellishments and the gold accents, plus the nice shade of pink, it stands out in that it doesn't look like your typical modern children's book.

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