Rachel Field’s Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Rosemary Wells, Author, Susan Jeffers, Illustrator Simon & Schuster $ (p) ISBN Hitty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field – Hitty is a doll of great charm and character. It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs, which, besides. HITTY – HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS. RACHEL FIELD. WINNER OF THE NEWSBERY MEDAL. CHAPTER 1. In Which I Begin My Memoirs. The antique shop.

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Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

This story about a beloved doll and her adventures was surprisingly interesting. Unfortunately it really contains the most insidious form of racism firsr is just this overwhelming idea throughout that whatever the white protagonists do is right virst fitting and whatever anyone of a darker pigment does is boorish or ignorant.

You know why I can’t give up my toys? We googled Hitty and found that this story was i The narration of a doll gave this story an unusual viewpoint.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It was common for Hitty to tell us the disposition of her new companion rather than show us. And Rachel Field was the first woman to be awarded the Newbery. Illustrations by Dorothy P. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I have always wanted to go to Cranberry and see the Preble House. Skip to main content. Jan 06, Virst Anna rated it liked it Shelves: Not to mention that half the world scrutinized her underwear.

But this all having been said and this is the main reason why Hitty, Her First Hundered Years is a high two star ranking and not a low three stars for meI do have to personally admit that especially the first time I read the novel in and as a teenager who still had a quite heavy German accent at that time and was also being relentlessly bullied by both my fellow students and even by some of my teachers, one of whom actually often accused me of being too lazy to try to get rid of my so-called horrible German accentthe manner in which Rachel Field in her guise as Hitty approaches and describes those who do not speak standard English fluently did massively and painfully hurt my sensitive to being a New Canadian feelings.


She was sure to show that they were now happy and content to be working for wages. And if they did they’d probably think it was pretty much a waste of time. After many Newbery discussions about how disappointed we were in the quality of books and our assumed age of their readers, this is exactly what I’d been hoping for, and I can imagine lots of young people being engrossed in hearing Hitty’s story.

Hitty Her First Hundred Years

So the Peddler decided to stay on and help with odd jobs round the place till spring, since Captain Preble was off on his ship for months to come. Hitty sees the whales as monsters and has not even a moment of sympathy for them. She is carried by crows, dropped, chewed by cats, left under a church pew, stuffed in a horsehair sofa for ten years, dragged through the mud. What is it hittty so appeals to readers about the book?

The illustrations by Dorothy Lathrop are beautifully done. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. I wouldn’t have yaers interested in this book based on its description, but it’s delightful. As a confirmed hundded hater in my youth, I never read Hitty – until now. Not recommended for modern children because of pretty regular racism throughout.


This is the second printing of the first edition, dated December I do remember that, reading this as a young teenager, I was a bit overwhelmed by the length of the book and the old-fashioned writing style, so for a younger kid, it might work better as a story you read to them, bit by bit. Field was a descendant of David Dudley Field. The last half was better than the first half, so, if you stick it out you might enjoy the second half.

History is important, even when it’s painful. Snow caught him on a road between the sea and a rough, woody country. Dust cover is in good condition with wear on the binding and ends and a hole in the back.

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Mead wrote this charming book, and the friend that was with her in the antique store, Dorothy Fiirst, provides fantastic illustrations. Such a great slice of late 18th and 19th Century America. Shipped to over one million happy customers. It’s a bit condescending of the author to just switch like that for one ethnic group. I did see what the Newbery committee and the children of the late 20’s and early 30’s saw in Firsh, though.

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