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Originally published in 1950, this Caldecott Honor Book follows Dulcy as she describes to her father why her missing doll, Angela, was the most wonderful doll in the world. Reprint. H.
Paperback, 61 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by Scholastic (first published 1950)
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1st out of 16 books — 3 voters
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Kathryn
Love it! A wonderful story about a wonderful doll. I love how the "moral of the story" is handled, that Dulcy isn't made into a typical spoiled brat but that her nature of finding it "hard to be satisfied with Things as They Are" combined with her imagination do run away with her and lead her into troubles for awhile. The resolution is realistic and satisfying. I think many children (and adults, if they are honest with themselves) could relate. The Caldecott-winning illustrations are lovely and ...more
Jessica
This book was a favorite of mine when I was around 5 or 6 years old, and I probably read it at least a hundred times.

I would recommend this book to any young girl between 4 and 8 because it is about a life they understand. Although this book was written a long time ago and times have changed drastically since then, most girls still love dolls, blankets, stuffed animals, or all three. This means that almost every little girl can understand how Dulcy feels about her doll and how she is always wish
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Jessica
I loved this book as a child. I had always loved dolls and this book reinforced my love of dolls. I remember I got this book for free from my second grade teacher. I wish I still had it.
Sam
1951 Caldecott Honor; Favorite Illustration: the two page spread showing Dulcy looking over her array of dolls.
Dulcy loves dolls, but she has a problem accepting things as they are. She is always wising for things to be a little bit different, or better, or nicer. One day she gets a new doll named Angela, but loses her on the way home. As time goes on, Angela's memory becomes so much better than Angela herself. When Dulcy finds her the following Spring, she learns a hard truth: sometimes having
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Laura
Dulcy loves dolls. And she has lots of them too – Jack and Jill, the blue-eyed twins; Mary-Alicia, the little girl with the braids; Topsy, the clown, and more. But although Dulcy loved her dolls, she was always wishing that they could be a little nicer, a little better than they actually were…

One day, Dulcy’s friend, Mrs. Primrose, announced that she was going away for the winter. While she was gone, she wanted Dulcy to take care of Angela, a very special doll. Dulcy agreed to, but accidentally
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Kathleen Behrendt
This charming, nostalgic story of a little girl who is not satisfied with all she has is, unfortunately, out of print. Dulcy is a the daughter of a family with wealth and she owns many beautiful dolls. She receives the doll Angela from her neighbor, Mrs. Primrose, and has the bad luck of loosing it. As she describes the doll to family and friends, it becomes more and more fantastic. She becomes unhappy with all her other dolls and her friends don't want to play with her anymore. Dulcy is very lo ...more
Angelica
This book starts out "There once was a girl named Dulcy who had lots of imagination. "Too much imagination," her mother would say to her father. Dulcy was a little girl who wanted to things she couldn't have. Things like dolls for example, Dulcy had way to many of them but she loved Angela the most and flaunted about how she was the best doll. Then she finds that all the things she flaunted about Angela were all in her imaginaton.

Girls tend to use their imaginations as often as possible, they p
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Cindi

This is the story of a little girl, Dulcy, who loves her dolls more than anything in the world. However, someone else's doll has a prettier dress or curlier hair than her dolls. She is never truly satisfied with what she has. One day her neighbor, Mrs. Primrose, gives her a doll named Angela. Unfortunately on the way home, Angela is misplaced. As Dulcy tells each new person about Angela, Angela becomes prettier and has more beautiful clothes. The story grows and grows until a year later, Angela
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Rachel
I will admit that I did not want to read this book for a long time because it is about dolls, as I've always found them a little creepy. This book won a 1951 Caldecott Honor book, and is about a little girl named Dulcy (this name really dates the book) who has a large collection of dolls to play with but has just lost a doll named Angela she just received as a gift from a friend of the family. She goes on and on about the doll, each time inventing better and better things that it does. When she ...more
Samantha
Dulcy has a collection of dolls though she's not quite satisfied with any of them. One day a neighbor woman gifts her a doll named Angela that Dulcy misplaces in her excitement over a freshly raked pile of leaves. For months afterward whenever she recalls Angela the doll's features become more and more exaggerated until almost everyone in her life tires from hearing about the doll. In the spring, Dulcy finds Angela in the yard under a pile of leaves, but she looks nothing like the wondrous doll ...more
Marissa Garcia
Dulcy's doll Angela is lost, and this is terrible, because she was the most wonderful doll in the world. Dulcy tells anyone and everyone about her terrible loss, until there is no one left who wants to hear about how great Angela was or how many accessories she had. When the real Angela turns up, Dulcy learns a little bit about Things As They Are.

Delightfully vintage in voice, but still classic in appeal, this 1951 Caldecott Honor winner is many things - honest, amusing, dazzling, and more. Dulc
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Marissa Garcia
Dulcy's doll Angela is lost, and this is terrible, because she was the most wonderful doll in the world. Dulcy tells anyone and everyone about her terrible loss, until there is no one left who wants to hear about how great Angela was or how many accessories she had. When the real Angela turns up, Dulcy learns a little bit about Things As They Are.

Delightfully vintage in voice, but still classic in appeal, this 1951 Caldecott Honor winner is many things - honest, amusing, dazzling, and more. Dulc
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Brigida
Can you say spoiled? Dulcy sure can. Having parents and family, who give into her demands, she gets all the dolls she wants. Her neighbor one day gives Dulcy a doll named Angela. At first glance, Angela is quickly dismissed and lost by Dulcy. However, when Dulcy tells people about losing Angela she adds on to Angela's descriptions. The story of Angela gets bigger and much more embelished as she goes from person to person. Then, her family stops giving her dolls since no doll could eever compare ...more
Ed
As far as the story of this book, I HATED IT. I found the little girl an annoying spoiled brat, and the story was painful to read. It was very repetitive, and the it was like listening to a long, boring joke in a bar. I did love the illustrations, and this is the perfect example of a book that deserved the Caldecott for its illustrations, but makes it hard to read it for #nerdcott. I fought my way through the story, and I am giving it 4 stars for illustration, and 1 star for story.
Paul
I put off reading this as long as I could - the subject of a doll made it feel like a little-girl book from 1950 - exactly what it was and little more. Helen Stone's illustrations, especially the color two-page spreads are what rescue the book. The story of Dulcy's ongoing disappointment with everything she has, especially her dolls, is a bit hard to bear - her imagination and several influential adults keep her from going under. 2.4 stars just because of the illustrations.
Mary
Dulcy is not satisfied with what she has - she imagines that everything would be perfect if it were different. Her doll with yellow hair she wishes had brown hair. She wishes another doll had a lace slip. When her neighbor Mrs. Primrose gives her another doll, Angela, Dulcy promptly loses it. While it remains lost she builds it up in her mind as something far more wonderful than it really is; when she finds it again will she be satisfied with "things as they are?"
Cheryl
Wonderful. But don't take my word for it - read Jessica's review (and be sure to hit the 'like' button if you do like it). https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Lorna
1951 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: Where Dulcy is on the floor recounting the names of all her dolls.

Kid-appeal: I found the girl in this book super annoying and I'm not sure kids would get past that easily. I know her whiny and exaggerating ways are purposeful to teach readers a lesson, but I found it over the top. The illustrations were nice, however.
Laura5
This really has the feel of an early chapter book.
There was a part at the end that felt a bit didactic as far as the lesson the main character has learned, but other than that I appreciated the main character's exaggeration, and the sweet illustrations.
Brindi
1951 Caldecott honor

this was beautifully done. I like the constant change between black & white & color. & it's a perfect story for a little girl today. I collected dolls when I was little & would have loved this book.
David
I'm not sure what to say about this book. It was very interesting. I think Elizabeth is too young for it, though. It is about a girl who makes us a story and tells it so many times she begins to believe it, too.
John
Caldecott Honor, 1951

It looks like an early chapter book.

Favorite illustration: page 34

Favorite line: "There was once a little girl named Dulcy who found it hard to be satisfied with things as they are."
Lafcadio
This story provides an excellent distinction between being disappointed by wanting something you can't have and nurturing an unrealistic dream simply because it is fun to dream.
Molly
This book is a great story to teach children to appreciate what you have. The illustrations are beautiful and it definitely deserved the Caldecott Honor it received.
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
One of my favorite books as a little kid. I read it so many times, and I loved it more each time I read it! I practically had it memorized.
Karen
This book is about a girl name Dulcy who
loved her Doll her doll's name was Angela.and one day she gave lost.
Brittany
Mar 05, 2011 Brittany added it
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One of my favorite books when I was little, even though for some reason I cried at the end every time.
Jim
charming art.
the storyin the last few pages turns preachy, but maybe it wouldn't read that way to a kid?
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McGinley was educated at the University of Southern California and at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. After receiving her diploma in 1927, she taught for a year in Ogden and then at a junior high school in New Rochelle, New York. Once she had begun to establish a reputation for herself as a writer, McGinley gave up teaching and moved to New York City, where she held various jobs. She mar ...more
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