The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb

Blessed are the toys — or paper dolls, as the case may be — who have little girls (or boys) who play with them and bring them on adventures, and this is the story of one such little girl’s paperdoll chain, whose names are Ticky, Tacky, Jackie the Backie (so named because her back is, quirkily, permanently turned), Jim with two noses, and Jo with the bow. Then again, you could say that the good fortune is mutual since these imaginary adventures are fun for all.

  
But, perhaps, luckiest of all are the children whose moms and/or dads take the effort to carve out special experiences, such as making paper dolls together, that they will carry with them for life.

  
Beautifully and whimsically illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, The Paper Dolls is a charming and moving story that waxes lyrical about the simple joys of imaginary play, and pays sweet homage to the memories that stay with us.

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