List Price: $17.95
Copyright Year: 2004
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication Date: 10/1/2004
Size: 9.50" wide x 7.00" long x 1.00" tall
"Dolls are not a luxury. They are as necessary to a child's life as a loaf of bread . . . What a doll does for a little girl is develop her capacity to love others and herself." -Madame Alexander A wonderful offering for young doll enthusiasts and women's history buffs alike This fascinating book tells the stories of courageous dollmakers, all of whom were-and continue to be-filled with passion, vision, and determination. They are the unsung heroines behind some of the most important dolls of the last hundred years-such as Barbie (Ruth Handler) and Madame Alexander's collection (Beatrice Alexander). Entrepreneurs and feminists of their time, these strong women displayed both creative genius and astute business acumen, serving as excellent role models for today's young female readers.
Krystyna Poray Goddu has been a writer and editor for more than thirty years; her books include the non-fiction children's book, Dollmakers and Their Stories: Women Who Changed the World of Play. She reviews and writes about children's books for Publishers Weekly magazine and The New York Times Book Review.nbsp; In addition to her writing and editing experience, she works in school libraries and teaches writing to middle-school students in New York City, where she lives.