This now hard to find picture book was my favorite book as a child (early '70s), not least because the hero and I share a first name and a similarity of appearance. Today it's not politically correct, but it's still true. Martha Alexander's pictures remain irresistible, as does the relationship of a girl with her doll.
Born in Georgia, Martha attended the Cincinnati Academy of Art, and lived in many places, including New York, Alaska, and Washington state, before settling in Honolulu, Hawaii. She had two children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Martha Alexander died in 2006.