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This rediscovered gem by Caldecott-winning illustrator Roger Duvoisin is perfect for a new generation of little girls who love dolls. In the city of Paris, a beautiful but lonely doll sits on a shelf in an antique shop. She’s surrounded by old vases and teapots, but longs for a friend to play with. There is one little girl who would dearly love to own the doll, but Marie cThis rediscovered gem by Caldecott-winning illustrator Roger Duvoisin is perfect for a new generation of little girls who love dolls. In the city of Paris, a beautiful but lonely doll sits on a shelf in an antique shop. She’s surrounded by old vases and teapots, but longs for a friend to play with. There is one little girl who would dearly love to own the doll, but Marie could never afford such a precious item. So Marie has to settle for admiring the doll through the window on her way home from school. But Marie and this doll are clearly meant for one another, and Marie will make sure that the doll has a home where she is loved.First published in the 1950s but long out of print, this rediscovered gem by Roger Duvoisin and his wife, Louise Fatio, is available again, ready to be read to little girls—and dolls—of a new generation....

Title : A Doll For Marie
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ISBN : 9780385755962
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A Doll For Marie Reviews

  • Erica
    2018-10-18 23:10

    So the copyright page says this was originally published in 1957. The Story of Holly and Ivy was published in 1958. The two are essentially the same story, though I like the latter much better. I'm tempted to believe that perhaps Ms. Godden read A Doll For Marie and took the story to make her own, which is not to say that a beautiful but lonely doll in a shop who wants a little girl to love her and the little girl who does love her is too poor to buy her is a unique tale by any stretch but it's odd that the two stories were released one right after the other.Even the illustrations are similar. Maybe because they're in that sketchy 50's style but maybe because IT'S THE SAME STORY.Whatever the case, I like Holly and Ivy much better than Marie and her doll.

  • Manybooks
    2018-11-04 19:07

    Roger Duvoisin's illustrations are indeed magical and evocative, with both panache and understated gracefulness presenting a romantic type of realism that lives and breathes Paris, France (and actually, Duvoisin's pictures remind one of many Western European cities, with their historic centres, cobblestone streets and quaint little shops and cafés). And just for these pictorial offerings alone, I am considering ranking A Doll for Marie with a two star rating, a very high two star ranking, but two stars nonetheless. For author Louise Fatio's accompanying text, while I guess it does present a tender enough story of how Marie finds her perfect doll and how said doll also finds Marie, this particular and very theme, this rather specific plotline, I have read so very often in a goodly number of so-called doll fiction examples that truth be told, I have ended up being rather majorly disappointed with A Doll for Marie as a story, as a tale, and as such beset with and by tedium and boredom, and rather massively so (and Roger Duvoisin's illustrations, while definitely sweet and even wonderful, are simply not enough for me to consider a higher ranking, as Louise Fatio's presented story, as the narrative of A Doll for Marie just leaves too much to be desired for me on a personal, potential reading pleasure level).Doll sits pining and lonely in a shop and little girl sees doll, immediately falls in love with said toy (and vice versa) but does not have the funds to purchase doll. Doll is then sold to someone who has money and financial means but who also does not adequately care for and protect doll and ends up losing her in some neglectful and horrible manner, usually resulting in major trauma and torn even missing clothing for doll (with doll finally being found by and reunited with the very girl who had originally desired to have her as a cherished toy and playmate). Sorry, but I have simply read way way too many similar such "girl finds doll and doll finds girls" stories (at least ten to twelve of them since childhood and they all seem to follow that basic plot, they all seem to merge together into one single constantly repeated and copied clone like narrative) that I simply cannot find much if any enthusiasm for A Doll for Marie on a textual, on a narrative level (a sweet enough interlude perhaps, but ridiculously standard and as such so mundanely receptive that my main and most prominent reaction has been a rather bored and even frustrated "so what" as there really is nothing in A Doll for Marie that I would personally consider novel or imaginative).

  • Beverly
    2018-11-15 00:13

    First published in 1957, this is an old-fashioned story of child who wants doll, but doll is too expensive. The story is good, with a happy ending, and the illustrations are sort of a scribbled, almost impressionistic look that seemed to be favored in the 50s. Black and white illustrations alternate with illustrations in muted colors.

  • Bill
    2018-10-29 17:54

    It is always a pleasure to see Duvoisin's art work. But, "a rediscovered gem"? Not really. A product of its time and interesting to see. I did not check out the special book for my doll that is on the DVD. (A nice piece of bookmaking, however.)

  • Victoria Grusing
    2018-10-26 22:13

    Since a short book should be an easier read for the children drawn to read it. I agree with one reviewer Rumer Godden writes much better books. However, there is room in the world for many books by many people. It is sad that the lady who originally bought the doll was not given a more sympathetic story; but all the action went to her destructive animals.

  • Anna
    2018-11-19 00:11

    Très charmant.

  • Barbara
    2018-11-13 15:54

    Every day Marie looks longingly at the beautiful doll in a shopkeeper's window as she passes on the way to and from school. Because her father is a mailman, she knows they can never afford the doll, but still, she loves it. The doll, too, longs for companionship and wishes someone would buy her and play with her. When she is finally purchased, though, she goes home with a woman who wants to display her, not play with her. Through a series of mishaps caused by the woman's cat and dog, she ends up in Marie's grateful hands. The text and illustrations are reminiscent of picture books from several decades ago, partly because this one has been out of print for so long, and has now been republished for the reading pleasure of a new generation of children who love playing with dolls. There is a sweetness about the book that adds to its appeal, and many children will relate to desperately wanting something that they can never have, only to have it somehow land in their clutches.

  • Clare Rossetter
    2018-11-13 17:07

    This is the story of a doll who languishes for a long time in a shop of antiques. What the doll wants more then anything is a little girl to play with her and love her. When tragedy befalls her and she ends up on the street it is her good fortune to be found by a little girl who takes her home and makes her some simple clothes and spends time reading to and playing with her. Marie, the doll learns that it is more important to be loved then to have fancy clothes and be a special but lonely doll in an antique shop.The illustrations are pure Roger Duvoisin and reminded this reader of books like Petunia and Hide and Seek Fog. This was a trip down memory lane and a very delightful one at that. The book even comes with a small copy of the book for a doll.This book may take some promoting but once you get a young girl to read it they will be taken to a world of imagination and charm that is often missing in many children's books today.

  • Emilee
    2018-11-03 17:05

    This is a reprint of the classic book printed in 1957. An antique doll sits in a Paris antique shop lonely with no one to play with. A little girl who lives in poverty stares at her each and every day on her way to school wishing she could play with her. A woman comes into the shop one day and purchases her. She takes her home and to the dolls dismay gets placed on top of the piano with not a single child to play with. The cat’s curiosity knocked the doll off her perch and the dog drags her outside. He fight with another dog and her precious red silk dress gets ripped off. The girl on her way home from school discovers the doll lying in the street in her underwear. She lovingly takes her home, sews her new clothes and loves her like any doll should be loved by a sweet child. A charming classic that any little girl can relate to.

  • Vanessa
    2018-11-15 23:03

    The classic book reprinted. The beautiful antique doll wants nothing more than a little girl to play with and Marie desperately wants to be that girl, but she is poor and cannot afford a doll. An elderly lady buys the doll and sets her on a shelf in her museum-like home, but fate has decreed that Marie and the doll should be together and a series of events transpires to make that happen.This is an adorable book with excellent vocabulary and vintage illustrations. Recommended for ages 4-6.

  • Karen
    2018-11-01 17:04

    I was enjoying how old school this one was before I realized it was a re-print from the '50's! *Received an e-galley from Edelweiss

  • Shelley
    2018-10-30 21:17

    An old favorite.

  • Marissa Elera
    2018-11-07 18:01

    Doll stories are so charming. This one does not disappoint.