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The Birthday Doll

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  21 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Pretty is as pretty does
Franny gets two dolls for her birthday. Rose has yellow curls, big blue eyes, and a frilly dress. She chants Ring around the Rosy when you squeeze her hand. Suzie is an old rag doll, all floppy and faded. Franny's grandmother sees some lovely qualities in Suzie, but Franny is unconvinced. After her birthday party, Franny climbs into bed with beauti
Published March 4th 2004 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Mary Sesar
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This was a book about a little girl named Franny who gets a beautiful doll for her birthday. She invited friends over who give her other presents and then from one of them she gets another doll that is old and used.
This book is a great read and can be used in the classroom to teach children that its not what's on that outside that matters. It can look great on the outside but you should always look and find out what's on the inside to see what matters. This can be referred to don't judge a book
Aileen Stewart
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found a gem in The Birthday Doll. Franny was thrilled with a birthday doll she received in the mail. It spoke a phrase, had adorable curls, and a frilly dress. Even her brother Ben was intrigued, and asked Franny to make the doll speak over and over. Franny received several other gifts when four friends came to her party. The last gift, was wrapped in a crayon covered bag and was an old cloth doll. Franny was not impressed, but after trying to cuddle with her fancy doll which was stiff and scr ...more
Samantha Zapata
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Honestly, this book was not what I thought it was going to be. Simple story about a girl and a doll she receives for her birthday. Nothing extravagant! Could be useful for a simple reading to the class, but more than possible the boys in the class might get bored with the storyline. I would look for something that engages all children during reading time. Sad to give it a low rating right now :(.
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it
A little girl gets 2 dolls for her birthday, one brand new and can sing when you hold her hand, the other is older and softer. She tries to go to bed with the new one but discovers it is uncomfortable to sleep with, so she chooses the old one that she had stuck on a shelf earlier.
Maimoona Albar
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-books
I like how this book teach children not to judge only on how things look like. It gives message that even the less beautiful doll is useful in a child's life. The story makes me want to have a party soon to receive several gifts.
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A story that teaches us that new and expensive things are not always better. The main character also learns about gratefulness and how to appreciate the little things in life.
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