Rachel Field’s Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Rosemary Wells, Author, Susan Jeffers, Illustrator Simon & Schuster $ (p) ISBN Hitty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field – Hitty is a doll of great charm and character. It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs, which, besides. HITTY – HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS. RACHEL FIELD. WINNER OF THE NEWSBERY MEDAL. CHAPTER 1. In Which I Begin My Memoirs. The antique shop.

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I just can’t imagine a young adult reading this cover to cover. Of course, I must make the now-obligatory announcement that this book is racist and imperialist. The dust jacket is also in very good condition.

Hitty, Her Second Hundred Years

I can’t believe I forgot this book! According to the note fiest, I received this for my fifth birthday from my maternal grandparents and I read and re-read this book throughout childhood. I wasn’t one of them. These older Newbery winners are a little harder to get through because of language and out-of-date thinking, but this one follows Hitty, a wooden doll, and the adventures she has throughout her first years.

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

But such a clever idea and really quite a fun story. Overall, this is a book without too much to recommend it to hnudred audiences.

At various times, she is lost at sea and also under sofa cushions, abandoned in a hayloft, serves as part of a snake-charmer ‘s act, and meets the famous writer Charles Dickensbefore arriving at her new owner’s summer home in Maine, which turns out to be the original Preble residence where she first lived.

A favorite from my childhood, which remains in my personal library even now. Refresh hhundred try again. Lists with This Book. Having a protagonist limited in conversational skills seems to have necessitated that the narrator tell the reader everything she should be thinking about the goings-on in the story. Feb 23, Jane rated it really liked it.


Illustrated by Dorothy P. Alas, the book is not something you could promote today, because Field describes Indians, African Americans and Pacific Islanders as “brown people” and worse.

Signed in pencil by Dorothy Lathrop o I wonder how far they went? The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. It’s a children’s book about a wooden doll and her adventures over a hundred years, including some time on a whaling ship, being worshipped as an idol in the South Seas, time in Year among missionaries I did sort of wonder about the geography that got her from one to the other.

In very good condition, very clean interior, no marks, soil, or tears.

It also didn’t idealize the Quakers, depicting them as rounded, flawed characters. Even when the weather cleared, the roads were impassable for many days and all vessels storm- bound in Portland Harbor.

The illustrations by Dorothy Lathrop are beautifully done.

I’m scratching my head wondering why this ever won. Young Phoebe was very proud of her beautiful doll and took her everywhere, even on a long sailing trip in a whaler. Shipped to over one million happy customers.

As an adult, the character of Hitty is quite enjoyable, as the author plays with giving her a human personality with a few surprises for the reader in terms of abilities, but ultimately limiting her, physically and believably, as a doll. I’m not going to attempt an in-depth critique of what this assumes about women or girls within this story; perhaps that is the project of a thorough essay at some point. Read the full review here: Did people who were whalers in the Maine really go all the way to the Pacific to get whales?

We do hope Hitty’s next years are easier than the last! Hitty Her First Hundred Years.


I have four nieces, but this isn’t a style or subject that would interest any of them. And there just is no escaping it.

The most fascinating part of the book, was the time in which Hitty belonged to a Quaker family. It’s challenging to look at American history and it’s challenging to examine the dynamic of race relations today. Hitty, the doll in the story, admires this belief. Here’s a link chronologically listing Hitty’s adventures that’s pretty interesting.

Hitty Her First Hundred Years

Jan 10, Antof9 rated it really liked it Shelves: A piece mountain-ash wood is a good thing to keep close at hand, for it brings luck besides having power against witchcraft and evil. Not recommended for modern children because of pretty regular racism throughout. This is by far my favorite of the Newbery books read yet we started at the oldest and are working our way to current time.

It has a serial type of number She is a little condescending to the people of India, and at one point she is relieved when she isn’t taken home with an Irish family, who she describes as boisterous and dirty.

One hears at her portrait will show that she is no ordinary doll. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Some owners are kind, others careless.

Told from the perspective of a doll named Hitty. It jer common for Hitty to tell us the disposition of her new companion rather than show us. Published September 1st by Aladdin first published Beautifully illustrated by Dorothy Lathrop. Hitty sees the whales as monsters and has not even a moment of sympathy for them.