Practical Hitty

a resource for Rachel Field's book

Books like Hitty: Her First Hundred Years


books like Hitty
One excellent way to encourage children to read more is to find more books of a similar genre and/or writing style to one of the books that your child particularly enjoyed reading. If your child has read and enjoyed Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, he or she might also enjoy the following "doll literature" books.

These books can be difficult to find since many are out of print. Some great places to buy used books online include:

Memoirs of a London doll Memoirs of a London Doll by Richard Henry Horne (1922): This book seems to have had a clear influence on Rachel Field's Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, even to the doll retaining a possession marked with her name. In my opinion Hitty is a more charming and connected book. This seems a bit disjointed with Maria changing owners every chapter or two. In addition, despite the similarity of time period, there is a grittiness to London Doll which is not present in Hitty. Four Dolls Four Dolls by Rumer Godden (1983): Combined edition which includes Ms Godden's short stories: Fairy Doll, Impunity Jane, The Story of Holly and Ivy, and Candy Floss.

Perhaps due to their shorter length, the stories were not as engaging as some of her other works (Miss Happiness & Miss Flower, Little Plum). I didn't develop as great of an attachment to the characters although the stories were on the whole well-written examples of the "doll literature" genre.

Miss Happiness and Miss Flower Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden (1961): The author's writing style is quite precise and clear. I especially enjoyed the footnotes that became the endnotes for the book to explain both the Japanese terms in the book and the techniques for constructing the house. The book is in many ways reminiscent of A Secret Garden and A Little Princess (i.e. child is sent from India to England for school). Very well-written if slightly dated. Little Plum Little Plum by Rumer Godden (1963): The sequel to Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, set a year later. The little girl who moves in next-door gets a Japanese doll of her own, but neglects the poor little thing. Eventually the Fell girls make friends and are able to invite their neighbor over so all their Japanese dolls can have a traditional Doll Festival together. To me the best parts of the book are the dolls talking amongst themselves (which the humans of course cannot hear). Miss Happiness and Miss Flower are very insightful in their own way.
Miss Hickory Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (1946): A delightful if slightly disjointed book about a doll with a hickory nut head. Some of the adventures don't fit the storyline properly, but the surprising ending when spring comes is strangely hopeful. The Doll's House The Doll's House by Rumer Godden (1947): A doll's view of the world in which an eclectic collection of dolls occupy a dollhouse.

Hitty by Rosemary Wells Hitty Travels series Hitty Travels series Hitty Travels series Hitty Travels series For younger readers, there are several "alternative universe" adaptations featuring Hitty. These are to some extent a "reimagined" version of the original 1929 classic with all-new adventures for. They are not in my opinion as good as the original. The Hitty dolls have in each a much different illustrated appearance from that of the Original Hitty. Younger children however will enjoy seeing Hitty's "new adventures" in these books.

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