Such a sweet, nostalgic story about a little girl who must choose only one doll to take to a party and how she makes this difficult choice. The illustrations are gentle, the lesson of what we value and love, timeless.— Susan
Newbery and Caldecott Honor-winning children’s author Rebecca Caudill tells the timeless and charming story of the special relationship between a girl and her doll in The Best-Loved Doll, featuring illustrations by Elliott Gilbert.
Betsy receives an invitation to a party requiring her to bring a guest—one of her dolls—for a chance to win a prize or two in several “best of” categories.
But while many of her dolls are prettier to look at, wear fancier clothes, and are capable of doing things, Betsy cherishes Jennifer most of all. Her hair may be a bird’s nest, she may wear drab, plain clothes, and her face may not have the most beautiful complexion, but Jennifer is Betsy’s very best friend—the doll she loves the most.
About the Author
Rebecca Caudill (1899-1985) was the author of more than twenty books for children, including The Best-Loved Doll and A Certain Small Shepherd. Ms. Caudill's contributions to children's literature continue to be honored each year with the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award.
Elliott Gilbert illustrated The Best-Loved Doll by Rebecca Caudill.
“A grand story for little girls.” —School Library Journal