THERE'S A DECORATOR IN YOUR DOLL HOUSE by Melanie Kahane

THERE'S A DECORATOR IN YOUR DOLL HOUSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Model rooms (and furniture models) for little girls who model themselves after Mama--if Mama is a lady (""little ladies, and even little dolls, never, never sit on a bed""). Primary is a plan listing what a room needs and where to place it: then the decorator goes into each room in turn (re the living room, provision for TV, cards, entertaining: ""otherwise how will they meet the other dolls in the neighborhood""), supplying diagrammatic instructions for constructing every piece of furniture. These patterns--which involve painstaking (some would say persnickety) measuring and cutting and pasting--comprise the bulk of the book. There is a lot of scrounging for particular oddments, some quite ingeniously adapted, but not much making do (not in housekeeping either: ""a good kitchen should have a dishwasher""). Somewhere along the way the dolls fade out and the culmination is a dream house ""with all your best ideas for living"" that you build out of cardboard. Perhaps as a dress rehearsal, which is what most of this amounts to down to the deployment of ash trays. Comfy except for the price, scaled to Miss Kahane's gilt-edge clientele.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1968
Publisher: Atheneum