Rachel Field’s Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Rosemary Wells, Author, Susan Jeffers, Illustrator Simon & Schuster $ (p) ISBN Hitty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field – Hitty is a doll of great charm and character. It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs, which, besides. HITTY – HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS. RACHEL FIELD. WINNER OF THE NEWSBERY MEDAL. CHAPTER 1. In Which I Begin My Memoirs. The antique shop.

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And there just is no escaping it. I think there’s a distinction between politically incorrect language and white imperialism. Just a sweet, wholesome, well-written book about the adventures of a wooden doll, with just enough history through her observations to be interesting without weighing the story down or boring any potential children who might want to read it. It would have been better as a 10 page picture book. Trivia About Hitty, Her First Hitty is just as racist as that great-grandma you would never introduce to your friends.

A favorite from my childhood, which remains in my personal library even now.

Hitty, Her Second Hundred Years

Another one you all seem to have read and loved that I never picked up before. The tale spans from hihty ‘s to early ‘s.

Illustrated by Dorothy P. I also liked the idea of a doll being less aware when they are packed away between owners. According to the note inside, I received this for my fifth birthday from my maternal grandparents and I read and re-read this book throughout childhood. Told from the perspective of a doll named Hitty.

Rachel Field’s Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

At various times, she is lost at sea and also under sofa cushions, abandoned in a hayloft, serves as part of a snake-charmer ‘s act, and meets the famous writer Charles Dickensbefore arriving at her new owner’s summer home in Maine, which turns out to be the original Preble residence hunndred she first lived.


This hunded the story of Hitty’s years with Phoebe, and the many that follow in the life of a well-loved doll. From there she is purchased at auction for a New York antique shop, where she sits among larger and grander dolls of porcelain and wax, and writes her memoirs.

I would say that today’s children would have trouble liking this book, gitty It’s hard for me to argue that, because I actually had a rising third grader check it out last week, and love it. Price may vary by retailer. The story was inspired by a doll purchased by Field.

She was sure to show that they were now happy and content to be working for wages. Jun 20, Wendy rated it really liked it Shelves: The scope of the story is to be admired and enjoyed. She has been carved from mountain jitty by a peddlar.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat Her book, Prayer for a Childwas a recipient of the Caldecott Medal for its illustrations by El Rachel Lyman Field was an American novelist, poet, and author of children’s fiction. But this all having been said and this is the main reason why Hitty, Her First Hundered Years eyars a high two star ranking and not a low three stars for meI do have to personally admit that especially the first time I read the novel in and as a teenager who still had a quite heavy German accent at that time and was also being relentlessly bullied by both my fellow students and even by some of my teachers, one of whom actually often accused me of being too lazy to try to get rid of my so-called horrible German accentthe manner in which Rachel Field in her guise as Hitty approaches and describes those who do not speak standard English fluently did massively and painfully hurt my sensitive to being a New Canadian feelings.


Field married Arthur S. It’s books like this that further the mistaken notion that all stories from this uer are boring.

View all 21 comments. But it must continue to be a part of the conversation. I’ve thought a lot about that.

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field

And my high expectations were more than met when I read the book. Published September 1st by Aladdin first published Return to Book Page.

The little girls and women that Hitty belongs to along the way are all well-rounded, fascinating female characters. As an adult, the character of Hitty is quite enjoyable, as the author plays with giving her a human personality with a few surprises for the reader in terms of abilities, but ultimately limiting her, physically and believably, as a doll. Aug 13, Michelle Stimpson added it Shelves: People who love whales will also find the chapters on whaling to be entirely unsympathetic.

Hitty Her First Hundred Years. Smart, Wini and Bruce Komusin. A favorite from my childhood that has worn exceedingly well.