Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Ticky-Tacky Doll by Cynthia Rylant

The Ticky-Tacky DollThe Ticky-Tacky Doll, written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Harvey Stevenson, is a very cute story about a little girl that loves a special doll her grandmother made for her from her sewing scraps.  She is really sad when she has to go to school and leave her doll behind and she has trouble concentrating on her school work because she misses her doll so much.  Her grandmother notices how sad she is and realizes why she's so sad and comes up with a solution. Grandmother makes her a tiny sewing scrap doll that she can hide in her school bag and take to school with her, without any knowing that it is there.  The illustrations are muted, yet colourful and really add to the feeling of the book.

Anna and I loved this story and it made me want to try my hand at making Anna her own Ticky-Tacky Doll.  I did a search online for patterns but didn't find one.  Instead I found a post, with pictures, by a mom that made a Ticky-Tacky doll for her child and another post with pictures of a Ticky-Tacky doll made by a grandmother.   Maybe it will inspire some of you to make your own Ticky-Tacky dolls.  I'd love to see them if you do.

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