There have been a great many books on dolls, but most of them have been long and many of them stodgy. This is done in very brief text, lots of pictures- fascinating ones with gay flat color -- by Jean Michener- and expanded captions. The end result is a unity that suffers by separation. So this is a book to see-not to read aloud. A book that is virtually an illustrated historical record of dolls of all times and all places and all kinds, from the make-believe stick and rag dolls, through dolls that were made for a purpose (fashion dolls, character dolls, regional dolls) to the modern trick dolls which pay no homage to a child's imagination. There is something of doll houses, too; of paper dolls, and of doll characters in story books. A sure favorite.