This book tells a quiet story. Three dolls are made by an old man and are happy for a time, but are then abandoned along with his house (implicitly upon his death) and left lonely for many years, only to be rediscovered and made happy again by a young family. When we read it, it captures the boys’ attention completely–sometimes I think it is largely because of the beautiful, dreamlike illustrations. But we’ve read a number of books with wonderful illustrations that never really caught their interest (sometimes much to my surprise). There is more here than meets the eye.
Author: Martin Waddell
Illustrator: Angela Barrett