Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374316785, 32pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2002
Looks can be deceiving!
When Charlotte gets a delicate doll from her aunt Edme, she is not too happy. She tells the doll that she and Bruno, her bear, "like digging in dirt and climbing trees. No tea parties, no being pushed around in frilly prams. You'll just have to get used to the way we do things." Much to Charlotte and Bruno's surprise, Dahlia seems to like getting dirty while making mud cakes and racing wagons. But at the end of the day, Charlotte's aunt arrives for a visit and wants to see how Dahlia's doing . . . and Charlotte is in for another surprise.
Charming, detailed illustrations accompany this sweet story about making room for a new friend.
Barbara McClintock has written and illustrated several books for young readers, including Molly and the Magic Wishbone, about which Booklist, in a starred review, said, "McClintock's telling is well paced and nuanced . . . And, oh, the charm of the pictures. The Dickensian world is fully realized." She lives in New Canaan, Connecticut.
"A doll story that will win over even confirmed tomboys . . . McClintock's detailed tableaux conveying the garb, architecture, and furnishings of the era perfectly fit the mood of the story, their delicate lines and coloring belied by the rubust action they convey. A timeless charmer." --Starred, Publishers Weekly