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Little Plum (Japanese Dolls #2)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  217 ratings  ·  12 reviews
When Gem moves into The House Next Door, Nona and Belinda think she's stuck up and vow to have nothing to do with her. But the beautiful Japanese doll in her window soon attracts their attention. They name her Little Plum because her clothes are decorated with plum blossom - but unlike Nona's Japanese dolls, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, Little Plum seems unloved and unc...more
Published November 2nd 2007 by MacMillan UK (first published 1963)
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Rumer Godden specializes in creating a gentle fantasy world where dolls have Lives--or in this case, Thoughts--of their own. Nona and Belinda Fell treasure their three Japanese dolls: Miss Happiness, Miss Flower and Little Peach. These special "persons" enjoy their own Japanese dollhouse and clothes, beds, foods (green paint water tea) and celebrate many traditional customs. While the dolls converse privately, the sisters (who are unaware of theri dolls' c...more
I feel so cheesy giving all these children's books 5 stars, but I can't help it, they're all so good! Considering I read them all years and years ago, they must be that good if I still love them so much after all this time.

Little Plum is the sequel to Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, and just as faboo (maybe just a teeny bit less faboo), but highly enjoyable if, once again, you like dolls, dollhouses (especially Japanese ones), and the little girls who own them.

Absolutely wonderful. Not twee or precious, despite the fact that the dolls talk and that descriptions of how Nona and Tom make their clothing, tea set, etc. are described so lovingly. Each child is authentic and fully realized, and even the adults are more than simple icons. One thing that balances that sweet is Belinda - oh what a wild, impulsive, dare-we-say naughty, but darling little girl.

I would say now, that I would have loved this when I was a child. But the thing is, I know I owned it....more
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One of the first of Godden's "Doll Stories" that I checked out of the library at about age 10. I remember long car trips across the Midwest with my older siblings bickering and sometimes coming to blows, while I buried myself in a book to escape. One day I had this book along, and suddenly my mother asked me to read it aloud. This meant I got to sit in the front seat instead of in back between the fighters (as the youngest and shortest, I always had to sit in the middle on the axle bump). I star...more
Demi, how could you besmirch the good name of this minor but beautiful writer? Please, people, if you aren't yet familiar with Rumer Godden, don't judge her guilty by association. It's not her fault.
It's been a year since Nona moved in with her Aunt, Uncle and Cousins. Nona and Belinda now get along and are great friends. But it seems the House Next Door that has been empty for a very long time, is now being lived in. A girl who is about nine years old is living there with her family and she has a Japanese doll! Belinda wants to make friends, but due to the girl's Aunt, she hasn't been able to. And soon it turns into a war between Belinda and the new girl next door.

Like the first, it is a c...more
When I was nine we moved into a new house. On the floor of the downstairs playroom was a great deal of dust, some cockroaches (it was SC. there's always cockroaches.) and a purple paperback copy of this book, left behind by persons unknown. I was sorrowful upon leaving my former home (a horrifyingly vast mile and a half and one school boundary away) and found my nre home and new friends difficult... just like these children. I read Little Plum a million times those years, until the pages fell aw...more
A book about a quiet little British girl with a beautiful Japanese dollhouse described in perfectionistic detail. The next best thing to actually having such a dollhouse.
An old childhood favorite that I recently re-read. Loved it as much now as I did back then!
One of my favorite books as a enchanting!
This is a cute little book!
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She was born in Sussex, England, but grew up in India, in Narayanganj. Many of her 60 books are set in India. Black Narcissus was made into a famous movie with Deborah Kerr in 1947.

Godden wrote novels, poetry, plays, biographies, and books for children.

For more information, see the official website: Rumer Godden
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