Thursday, 6 March 2014

We Like to Read: The Paper Dolls

The Paper Dolls
by Julia Donaldson

I have a friend, Sarah, who reads stories to children at the bookshop she works in. She has recommended (and bought) lots of fantastic books for Ebony over the last two years. Whenever she mentions a new book she enjoys reading aloud, I quickly add it to my wishlist.

Sarah recommended The Paper Dolls a while ago, but I hadn’t got round to buying it yet. My wishlist is seriously huge, there are books on there I won’t have time to buy before I die. By chance, my friend Vikki bought Ebony a copy for her second birthday.

This book has been read daily since Ebony’s birthday in January, and often more than once. Ebony loves it. The first time I read it, I cried. To add a bit of context, Ebony had just turned two, and I find each birthing brings with it yet more feelings of time passing too fast, so I was feeling a little emotional.
 We are big fans of Julia Donaldson’s book, and I love reading them alone because of the rhymes and natural rhythms in her stories. The Paper Dolls is different though, it isn’t written in the same style. Some bits rhyme and some bits don’t. The narration is the imagination of a little girl, and I feel it is written in that breathless way that excited children speak.

The story is about a little girl who makes some paper dolls with her mother. The story follows the adventure of those dolls as they make their way around the house and gardens. It is such a lovely book, I love reading it, even though I have read it hundreds of times already.

Ebony knows the words by heart and, as with many of her favourites, joins in while I’m reading it. But yesterday, she was playing with some bricks, and telling herself the story from memory and I was surprised at just how much of the story she knew.

The book is illustrated by Rebecca Cobb and I really like the style of the drawings. The illustrative style is just perfect for the story and makes the book even more special. It is a truly beautiful book, and I strongly recommend it.

You can buy a copy here, or just add it to your wishlist and hope one day it appears by magic.


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  1. What a charming book! We are BIG Julia Donaldson fans and I think this might well be on the cards.

    I'm running a World Book Day linky and would love you to think this up here:

  2. really love the illustrations! I've not heard of this artist before, or the book for that matter! thanks so much for linking up, off to pin now! x

  3. I love Rebecca Cobb but have never got round to this one, look like I've got another addition for F's bookshelf! x

  4. we love this book - when it was first released, they put together a giant chain of paper dolls, sent in by readers, that broke the Guinness world record - my girlies all sent in paper dolls to be part of the chain, and have a certificate to say they were involved in breaking the world record :D

  5. What a beautiful looking book! I love it when a book moves you in this kind of way. I shall definitely keep an eye out for it.

  6. We love this book! My daughter was absolutely obsessed with it recently, I wrote a post on this the other week as we did an activity on it.

  7. We love Julia Donaldson books, but haven't ever seen this one - I'm adding it to the wishlist as we speak!



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