Girls who like dolls will enjoy this quaint story of an English doll house and the two little girls who had charge of the tiny doll family and a waxen beauty named Marchpane who really didn't like children or anything but her own waxen charms. In the Racketty-Packetty-House tradition this endows the dolls with vitality and personality in their private lives. Nasty pretty Marchpane disrupts the happy doll's house, causes a family tragedy but eventually lands in a museum where she belongs. Period dolls and their period doll house in expert hands, as Rumer Godden's first book for children is illustrated in full color by Dana Saintsbury. For the older level of the Read Aloud section also. Full cloth binding, not Singer sewed.