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Dollmakers and Their Stories

Women Who Changed the World of Play

Krystyna Poray Goddu

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

"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.

"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.

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Dollmakers and Their Stories
Martha Chase (1851-1925)In the middle of the nineteenth century, when Martha Jenks Wheaton was a young girl, most American girls entertained themselves with handiwork. Publications such as the American Girl's Book and The American Girls Handy Book: How to Amuse Yourself and Others encouraged making things and provided patterns and directions. The American Girl's Book's precise instructions for making "a common linen doll" mention at the end that "some little girls make a dozen of these dolls together and play at school with them." Wealthy girls might be fortunate
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Krystyna Poray Goddu

  • Krystyna Poray Goddu is the author of A Celebration of Steiff: Timeless Toys for Today and co-author of The Doll by Contemporary Artists. She lives in New York City.
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Dollmakers and Their Stories

Women Who Changed the World of Play

Krystyna Poray Goddu

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