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The Dollhouse Magic

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Sometimes Miss Whitcomb faced the inside of the dollhouse out toward the street; other times, it was the facade. Either way, the girls loved to see the way she rearranged and changed it, to fit in perfectly with the holidays and seasons.

Lila and Jane can't seem to walk down Cheshire street without stopping at their good friend Miss Whitcomb's home to admire the beautiful
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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This is a heartwarming Christmas story set during the Great Depression. I didn't like it as much as The Doll Shop Downstairs or The Cats in the Doll Shop. It's for a little bit younger age range (maybe 2-3 grade/7-8 years). I found the present tense style didn't really work for the story. It seemed a little bit of an odd choice but maybe kids relate to that better. I though the story was a bit too nice and neat for me. It was so predictable. I didn't really understand the title, that comes in at ...more
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My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.

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Jan 13, 2015 Linore rated it liked it
Innocuous little chapter book with winsome illustrations. The "magic" isn't literal, but figurative, referring to the fact that by the end of the book the two little girls who admire a neighbor's dollhouse become the new owners when the kindly old woman (surprisingly, without any foreshadowing) passes away. I would have preferred some foreshadowing, and I think young readers, while not knowing what's missing, will sense that lack.
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I am so glad I didn't read this as a kid...this book needs a warning label! Granted, not every kid is as sensitive as I am when it comes to characters dying...but still.
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