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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It was common for Hitty to tell us the disposition of her new companion rather than show us. Oddly the adult characters were better developed than many of the children.

View all 16 comments. Jan 10, Antof9 rated it really liked it Shelves: I ached to be so close. With each passing year she learns a bit more about people hee their various cultures and foibles.

Alas, the book is not something you could promote today, because Fie As a confirmed doll hater in my youth, I never read Hitty – until now. I’ve thought a lot about that.

Books by Rachel Field. Views Read Edit View history. One glance at her portrait will show that she is no ordinary doll. Must redeem within 90 days.

Winner of the Newbery Award, this is the autobiography of a small wooden doll, carved before the Civil War out of mountain ash-wood by a peddler.

I mean seriously, where do I even start? Illustrated by Dorothy P. Illustrations by Dorothy Hundres. Trivia About Hitty, Her First Dust cover is in good condition with wear on the binding and ends and a hole in the back. Also, shows how different life was back then.

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field

All this she takes in stride. Frontier life, a whaling ship, an Indian snake charmer, missionaries, Philadelphia Quakers, a New Orleans cotton exposition – this is a doll who got around! Yearrs you for signing up, fellow book lover! The New York Times.


Hitty Her First Hundred Years

Return to Book Page. Published September 1st by Aladdin first published Having a protagonist limited in conversational skills seems to have necessitated that the narrator tell the reader everything she should be thinking about the goings-on in the story. In the course of her travels, she bears witness to the events of the nineteenth century, all of which she relates with serene pragmatism, in the manner of a doll Forrest Gump. It’s Mehitabel’s Hitty’s memoirs, and is so fun to hithy.

Usually at the halfway mark things start to pick up, right?

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

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We googled Hitty and found that this story was i The narration of a doll gave this story an unusual viewpoint. I was so excited! How did this get such a high average rating? I have heard the story told so often by one or another of the Preble family that at times it seems I, also, must have looked on as the Old Peddler carved me out of his piece of mountain-ash wood.

Published in36th printing. Read the full review here: Each adventure follows a fairly formulaic narrative arc, and there is an overall lack of sentence structure variation and too little subtlety in describing emotional states.

This aspect of the book is not blatant or overly cruel to those from other cultures, but it is something parents, teachers, and librarians should be aware of. These books were heralded as not only appropriate for children, but were the “best of the best. That evening, as it yearrs, we were to travel by motorboat to Cranberry Island.


Regrettably, none of them have an interest in old dolls either. I had remembered the basic outline but had forgotten so many of Hitty’s adventures and the families that she went through.

Hitty, Her Second Hundred Years

These adventures include going on a whaling ship, becoming an idol for an group of island natives, working for a snake charmer in India, an Newbery Medal Winner Hher is the first Newbery winner of the 30’s and the first written by a woman–and for the most part, was pretty enjoyable. Hitty begins life around a hundred years ago. Overall, “Hitty” is a fascinating tome, unlike many books readers will encounter.

This award-winner was written by Rachel Field, a distant relative of mine my maiden name is Field. Signed in pencil by Dorothy Lathrop o You can read why Jitty came to this decision here. View all 3 comments.

It is so lovely to read something that doesn’t need swear words, graphic scenes or evil badies. Maybe it was a novel idea when I first read Hitty’s story, but now I routinely wonder about the “past lives” of many of the old things I enjoy. By far I thought the most likable character was Hitty’s first owner Phoebe and I would have preferred the story stay on Hudred side when they parted.

Mar 07, Monica Fastenau rated it liked it Shelves: The stuff with the former slaves would be fairly easy to adjust, but what about the natives in the South Seas?