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SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson
In the early 1920's, American children sent 10,000 dolls to Japanese children for their doll festival.  In gratitude, in 1927, Japan sent 58 nearly life-size dolls as ambassadors of friendship to the children of the United States.  With this historical happening as background, author Larson creates the story of one doll's adventuresome journey across America.  Miss Kanagawa begins as a somewhat stand-offish doll. but becomes warmer and more caring through her interactions with a succession of young ladies who affected her during the 1920's and '30's.  Using five short stories to follow her development, readers are allowed to peek into the lives of girls of all social classes and backgrounds.  Each character is well-drawn with behaviors and challenges that effectively mirror the years in which she is maturing. This book will appeal most strongly to third through fifth grade girls who are intrigued by a touch of magic as well as stories of long ago.

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