Title: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
Author: Rachel Field
Illustrator: Dorothy Lathrop
Ah, books of a certain era – I recommend this one with a ‘but…’ similar to Dr. Dolittle – there is rampant American/European superiority throughout this book, which is not surprising, but needs to be addressed nonetheless. Hitty is an engaging character, and her story is also a nice gloss over American history from the early 1800s to early 1900s. The conceit of a doll who is able to control her limbs enough to write is nice – as a child, you always suspect that your toys are able to do things when you’re not looking. A sweet, if odd, story.