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Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
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Jun 11, 2012

bookshelves: 2012, children-s, newbery
Read in June, 2012

What a weird, strange book! Initially, I liked the idea of a small woodland woman, made of an apple tree twig with a hickory nut for a face. A dated idea, yes, but charming nonetheless. But each of Miss Hickory's adventures got a bit stranger and she just never seemed to learn how to be a nicer person.

The first part of the book didn't seem too strange -- Miss Hickory finds a new place to live, helps hen-pheasants create a Ladies Aid Society, and designs some delightful new winter clothing. But then Christmas comes and Miss Hickory declines to experience the animals' annual miracle in the barn. But the part that I found most odd is that Miss Hickory literally loses her head, thanks to the squirrel, and her body climbs up an apple tree and makes herself a new life as a graft.

I found Ruth Gannett's lithographs charming and enjoyed them as much as the non-weird parts of the story. And don't get me wrong, the non-weird parts were charming and entertaining too, though very dated feeling.

I can never rate these books. I'm sure that in 1947, many children fell in love with Miss Hickory. These days? This book is being weeded from my elementary school collection.
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