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The Dollhouse Magic
ISBN: 9780312373573
Author: McDonough, Yona Zeldis/ Palmisciano, Diane (ILT)
Publisher: Square Fish
Published: March 2016
Retail: $6.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Set during the Depression, two sisters dream of having the beautiful dollhouse in Miss Whitcomb's window but know they can't afford it with their father out of work, yet when something happens to Miss Whitcomb, the girls have to put their own interests aside and help their neighbor get through her difficulties. 12,500 first printing.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Toys, Dolls, Puppets
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
Library of Congress Subjects:
Depressions; 1929; Juvenile fiction.
Depressions; 1929; Fiction.
Dollhouses; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2016013725
Lexile Measure: 770
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 3-4
Grade level: 3-4
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Historical Fiction, Growing Up, Early Elementary, Chapter Books
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th
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Contributor Bio(s):

Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of many acclaimed children's books, including Little Author in the Big Woods, Louisa, and Sisters in Strength. She grew up in the United States and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their two children.

Diane Palmisciano has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including the Fiercely and Friends books by Patricia Reilly Giff. She lives in North Scituate, Rhode Island.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Spring)
Lila and Jane are thrilled when elderly Miss Whitcomb lets them play with her elaborate dollhouse: ""Children are what give a dollhouse its life and its magic, you know."" Her unexpected death brings sadness, but the girls entertain the tantalizing thought that dollhouse magic is responsible when a young girl moves into Miss Whitcomb's house. Lighthearted illustrations help make the chapter book's Depression-era setting accessible. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2001 February)
Gr 2-4-When Jane and Lila's father loses his job at the bank during the Depression, the family must move from their big house to the bottom floor of a smaller one on the poorer side of town. Not only are they cramped, but also most of their familiar luxuries are gone. That is why the girls are so fascinated by the elaborate dollhouse in the window of a house on Cheshire Street. One day, while they are admiring it, the elderly owner invites them in. Before long, the girls and Miss Whitcomb are friends. When she unexpectedly dies on Christmas Eve, the old woman leaves the dollhouse to them. Palmisciano's line drawings keep the tone light and include some period details. However, children never get a real sense of the time or of the characters' feelings. For example, when Jane finds three cents and the girls use the money to buy candy, readers are never told that sweets were a luxury during these hard times. Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin's The Doll People (Hyperion, 2000) is a better story about dollhouses.-Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.