Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

Hitty is a doll of great charm and character It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs, which, besides being full of the most thrilling adventures on land and sea, also reveal her delightful personality One glance at her portrait will show that she is no ordinary doll Hitty, or Mehitable as she was really named, was made in the early 1800s for Phoebe Preble, a litHitty is a doll of great charm and character It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs, which, besides being full of the most thrilling adventures on land and sea, also reveal her delightful personality One glance at her portrait will show that she is no ordinary doll Hitty, or Mehitable as she was really named, was made in the early 1800s for Phoebe Preble, a little girl from Maine Young Phoebe was very proud of her beautiful doll and took her everywhere, even on a long sailing trip in a whaler This is the story of Hitty s years with Phoebe, and the many that follow in the life of a well loved doll.
Hitty Her First Hundred Years Hitty is a doll of great charm and character It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs which besides being full of the most thrilling adventures on land and sea also reveal her delightful per

  • Title: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
  • Author: Rachel Field Dorothy P. Lathrop
  • ISBN: 9780689822841
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Hitty, Her First Hundred Years”

    1. This was charming, but slight. It's a children's book about a wooden doll and her adventures over a hundred years, including some time on a whaling ship, being worshipped as an idol in the South Seas, time in India among missionaries (I did sort of wonder about the geography that got her from one to the other. Did people who were whalers in the Maine really go all the way to the Pacific to get whales?), time with a Quaker family, with a spoiled little girl, with an old lady or two, on a steamboa [...]

    2. Read as part of the Read the Newberys" reading project. This is by far my favorite of the Newbery books read yet (we started at the oldest and are working our way to current time). In fact, it was fun and entertaining to read. It's Mehitabel's (Hitty's) memoirs, and is so fun to read. Hitty, of course, is a carved wooden doll, who chronicles her life through owner after owner after owner. Hitty's adventures in a way reminded me of The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, another Newbery book, but were fa [...]

    3. I can't believe I forgot this book! When I first read it I loved it so much I copied the pictures on tracing paper so as to remember the story line. If I had this, it would be the "grab during fire" type of book. I think I can safely blame this book for my dislike of dolls now. Hitty was so real to me, I lived her adventures with her, and her fears. I can never forget the P engraved on the hearth, that is forever burned into my brain. Now, I go to the library every so often so as to look at it a [...]

    4. "Hitty, Her First Hundred Years" by Rachel Field is the memoir of a small doll who was carved out of a piece of mountain-ash wood approximately one century before she began writing her memoir. When she begins writing her memoir she is in an antique shop, but her memoirs reveal she has been around the world and held by countless individuals from numerous countries. She began her life in Maine with her first owner, Phoebe Preble. She went on a sea adventure with the Preble family, survived a sinki [...]

    5. Another one you all seem to have read and loved that I never picked up before. I expected it to be cheesy, but it was highly readable, suspenseful, and very funny. I read it almost without stopping, though the first half was superior to the secondA: I see that an edition with "updated text" has been released, presumably to remove racial stereotypes. I wonder how far they went? The stuff with the former slaves would be fairly easy to adjust, but what about the natives in the South Seas?

    6. She was shaped from a six-inch piece of mountain-ash, carried from Ireland in a peddler’s pack to ward of witches and other forms of evil. In Hitty: her first Hundred Years we travel though the titled century with that little vagabond piece of feminine-shaped ash as she is flung over a good portion of the world. From her respectable beginnings within a puritanical home she moves into situations that would scandalize most proper folk. Among her many incarnations Hitty can résumé graven-idol, [...]

    7. I read this book practically in one sitting. It was a fast paced highly readable tale about a wooden carved doll who goes through many adventures and countries. She was carved from lucky mountain ash by a pedlar shown kindness by a Maine family in the late 1700s-early 1800s. The story tells of her writing her tale down while being a cherished favourite in an antique shop many years later. I came away feeling so grateful that she had managed to keep her name thanks to her embroidered chemise, and [...]

    8. I'm sure I read this when I was much younger, but I guess I remembered it as fusty and uninteresting. As an adult, the character of Hitty is quite enjoyable, as the author plays with giving her a human personality with a few surprises for the reader in terms of abilities, but ultimately limiting her, physically and believably, as a doll. The illustrations by Dorothy Lathrop are beautifully done.

    9. Lovely, lovely book. A favorite from my childhood that has worn exceedingly well. Hitty is a doll carved from mountain ash who has the most exciting adventures. Do not read the new bastardized revision that has nothing to do with the original. Accept no substitutes!

    10. Wonderful. You know why I can't give up my toys? Whenever I consider it, I imagine many of them have secret life stories like this doll. Beautiful classic that I wish had been brought to my attention before I randomly found it on the shelves of my college library.

    11. As a confirmed doll hater in my youth, I never read Hitty - until now. Rachel Field is such a delightful writer, and Dorothy Lathrop, who did the illustrations, draws the most soulful monkeys I know, so I dove in. And what an adventure the history of this doll proves to be! Frontier life, a whaling ship, an Indian snake charmer, missionaries, Philadelphia Quakers, a New Orleans cotton exposition - this is a doll who got around! Alas, the book is not something you could promote today, because Fie [...]

    12. Well, this was a complicated one. Of course, I must make the now-obligatory announcement that this book is racist and imperialist. Not as bad as some, but worse than others. In one sentence, this book is a somewhat slow, meandering adventure story, the protagonist of which is a wooden doll. "Hitty" is the hapless and (literally) helpless victim of all sorts of shenanigans: she is stolen by crows and taken to their nest; she lives aboard a whaling ship and falls overboard; she is worshiped as an [...]

    13. I have been working on Hitty off and on for a few weeks now. It wasn't an easy read for me. I was really looking forward to it, thinking that after a decade of only men winning the Newbery, the first woman winner was a big step for the award. Sadly, the same racism and class-ism that plagued a few of the winners from the 1920's is present in Hitty as well.Hitty has many adventures that take her around the world, and when she encounters natives of an eastern aisle, she calls them savages, which I [...]

    14. THIS BOOK.I mean seriously, where do I even start? It's so good. "Hitty" is based on an old peg doll the author and her friend saw in an antique store. The doll's face had such personality that Ms. Mead was left to wonder just what the doll's story was. In answer to this question, Ms. Mead wrote this charming book, and the friend that was with her in the antique store, Dorothy Lathrop, provides fantastic illustrations.Telling the tale is Hitty, a little ash wood peg doll who, over the course of [...]

    15. How did this get such a high average rating? It's the 1930 Newbery winner and I struggled to get through it. I'm scratching my head wondering why this ever won. It would have been better as a 10 page picture book. 230+ pages of the same boring descriptions of mundane details. There were potentially exciting moments like the shipwreck or the auction near the end, and even in those moments I felt like I was trudging through thick mud just trying to make it through! Usually at the halfway mark thin [...]

    16. Read the full review here: newberyandbeyond/newbery-rThis story about a beloved doll and her adventures was surprisingly interesting. Hitty is taken on trips, passed from girl to girl, and even lost during her first hundred years. 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. But don’t pass this book by simply because [...]

    17. Newbery Medal Winner--1930This is the first Newbery winner of the 30's and the first written by a woman--and for the most part, was pretty enjoyable. These older Newbery winners are a little harder to get through because of language and out-of-date thinking, but this one follows Hitty, a wooden doll, and the adventures she has throughout her first 100 years. These adventures include going on a whaling ship, becoming an idol for an group of island natives, working for a snake charmer in India, an [...]

    18. So clever a Newberry winner from back in 1930. Told from the perspective of a doll named Hitty. She sits down to write her memoirs of her first 100 years of life. She had quite the life several owners, trips on a whaling ship, life in India, in a Quaker home, with a painter and more. Toward the end, (last 30 pages or so) I was ready for it to end it seemed to go a little slow or I was ready to be done. But such a clever idea and really quite a fun story. Also, shows how different life was back t [...]

    19. This an interesting enough read, as Hitty keeps having decent ventures during her these hundred years. But… this doll is kind of a brat. She whines and complains pretty consistently. After a few hundred pages I really wasn’t pulling for her. By far I thought the most likable character was Hitty's first owner (Phoebe) and I would have preferred the story stay on Phoebe's side when they parted. While it's an okay tale, by the end of the book I just didn’t care all that much.

    20. Newbery read/re-read continues. And this one is a surprisingly good read given its age and subject. We follow Hitty, a handmade doll from Maine, in her mostly accidental travels around the world. And yet it doesn't devolve into a travelogue or a history. And never grows tiresome. We see rich and poor and it's never racist or even mean-spirited in its language. It never quite reaches to insightful, but still a pretty good read. 3.5 of 5.

    21. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------I read this book when I was fairly young, so my review may not apply. But when I read this book, I had no idea what was happening. AT ALL. The concept of this book was fairly interesting. However, I never want to read this book ever again.

    22. Can't wait til my children are old enough for me to read this to them and discuss the idea of colonialism, the morality of whaling, the passage of time and change in culture. Charming and completely holds up, imo. This book was one of my favorites from the library as a girl and deeply impressed the way I played with dolls and viewed antiques. Love!

    23. When I began to read this novel, I thought, "Oh, it's like an older version of 'Toy Story'". That was somewhat true . . . but as I got into the book I thoroughly enjoyed the perspectives on people - different societies, cultures, and income levels - that the observing doll Hitty discussed. I can see why the book was a Newberry Award winner.

    24. I liked this a lot. The absurd and entertaining adventures of the strangely likable Hitty provide a great page-turner. A story about a doll's 100 years of existence could be very boring and poorly executed, but Field does it very well. A recommended Newbery romp.

    25. I read this as a child and while most of the historical information got past me, the magic of this little carved doll popping in and out of children's lives was wonderful to me. It's a treasure.

    26. Wavering between 3 and 4 stars, and going with the 4 because this was charming and funny. I liked it much more than I expected.

    27. I remember reading this in elementary school. When I found this copy I thought I'd re-read it.Hitty, short for Mehitable, is a small doll carved out of mountain ash wood. Her face, hair and shoes are painted on, and she wears a chemise with her name embroidered on it. Her arms and legs don't bend, but he can be made to sit and put her arms up. She is a plain doll, but being carved during the early 1800s she is adequate.At the time of this book, Hitty is figured to be a little over 100 years old. [...]

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