Posted by: ad65shorty | March 23, 2010

Stories for Snuggling: The Wheat Doll

The Wheat Doll

The Wheat Doll by Allison L. Randall

I first picked this book up for its beautiful pictures. I am drawn to books with beautiful illustrations, and I fell in love with these. Then, when I read the story, I was captivated. It’s based on a real pioneer story, which I love, and it takes place in Utah, which I love even more!! šŸ™‚

Here’s the summary, taken from the book, because I could never do it justice:

Mary Ann lives in the rugged territory of Utah, doing her daily chores such as tending the vegetable garden and braiding rags into rugs. Her best friend is her beloved homemade doll, Betty. The doll’s wheat-filled body sits up straight and tall. Her embroidered eyes never blink. But Mary Ann can always depend on Betty to listen and to keep her secrets safe.

One day, a severe storm forces Mary Ann’s family into their cabin before she can retrieve her doll from the garden. When the wind and rain finally subside, Mary Ann is heartbroken to find that Betty is gone. The seasons pass, but she never gives up searching for her doll. Finally, when winter turns to spring, Mary Ann makes a surprising discovery.

I LOVED the discovery and the ending of this book. A great book on loss and healing. Very heartwarming!

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