The Friendship Doll Book Review

The Friendship DollThe Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another nice read on my summer TBR. This is a Newberry Honor winner and I plan to get through those before school starts. The story reminded me a lot of the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. The Ambassador Dolls from Japan were intended to foster friendships. The story highlights several different moral lessons about friendship. The author uses each young girl that encounters the doll as a venue for a historical fiction short story. There is obviously nice research done into each region and time period. I will use this as a connecting text to other longer historical fictions. The time period is basically the Depression. The stories are in New York when the dolls are first received in 1927, Chicago during the World’s Fair of 1932, Appalachia and the CCC in 1934, and the Dust Bowl and worker migration to California in 1939.

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