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Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden
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Aug 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s
Read in August, 2011

This is the simple and sweet story of Nona, an eight year old girl. She was born and raised in India by her father. (Her mother passed away.) Her father has sent her to England to live with relatives. She stays with an aunt, uncle, and three cousins. Despite the relatives mostly warm welcome, Nona is homesick and lonely. One day two dolls arrive. Nona feels the dolls must be lonely. As she researches and builds them a Japanese style home (with the help of her cousin), she also develops her place of belonging and sense of home.

There is also a nice back to school lesson where Nona feels that the girl that sits next to her is stuck up. Her aunt suggests that the girl may be shy. Nona doesn't think that could be the case, because she reasons she is the one that is shy. However once they start talking they quickly become good friends.
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