A doll’s devotion to her little girl is lovingly expressed in this affectionate tale that’s full of tender, quiet moments.
In the arms of her girl, a sweet-faced rag doll lists the things that bring her joy. From her girl’s positive nature to picking out clothes and eating meals together, it’s their relationship that brings the doll fulfillment. Together, the two find treasures in the tall grass, ride off on special missions, imagine distant lands and snuggle at bedtime. But it’s the doll’s excitement over hearing her girl’s return home, the way she counts her girl’s footsteps and listens for her voice, and how she sends sweet thoughts to the girl while she is away that perfectly capture the doll’s adoration for her bob-haired girl. Digitally collaged illustrations done in a warm, pastel palette convey heartfelt moments. And while the doll mostly appears inanimate, the artist’s compositional focus on the doll allows readers to make an emotional connection. The seemingly simple artwork contains unique patterns and textures for each image, projecting an earnestness that’s in harmony with the story.
Every child who has adored a singular doll will delight in Siminovich’s gentle tale. Achingly lovely. (Picture book. 2-5)