Dec 16, 10
Read in December, 2010
Absolutely wonderful! I would say this book is perfect for girls ages 7-10-ish. The story is losely based on how the Madame Alexander company began. It's about a Jewish family with 3 young girls living in the lower east side of New York City around the time of the first world war. They own a doll repair shop and live above the shop. When the United State places an embargo on all goods from Germany their father is unable to order any more parts to repair the porcelain, bisque, and china dolls.
I think this would be a great book to read aloud to your girls because there are several interesting talking points about history, religion, war, and making due when times are tight. There is also a glossary, timeline, and author's note at the end of the book that I feel would be better utilized at the front of the book.
This would make a darling gift paired with a Madame Alexander doll. (I've seen them several times at Tuesday Morning for about $25-40.00)
I'm looking forward to giving this book to my girls on book day--January 1.