Published by Schwartz and Wade
Summary: The narrator starts out by taking the reader on a tour of her handmade dollhouse. Formerly a cardboard box, the house now is furnished with homemade furniture, rugs, and wallpaper. The family that lives there is composed of human dolls, except for Dad, who is a bear, and Grandma, a mouse. On the other hand, her friend Sophie has a “real” dollhouse, which arrived already furnished and inhabited by a slightly more conventional family. The only problem is, the girls are bored playing with it. When they go to the narrator’s house, she’s a little nervous about showing Sophie her homemade dollhouse, but Sophie quickly enters into the spirit of imagination, and their play date flies by in no time. The last pages finds Sophie making plans for a return visit, and the narrator gazing proudly at her dollhouse. 40 pages; grades K-3.
Pros: A wonderful celebration of imaginary play and the joys of creating it yourself.
Cons: Kids, don’t be discouraged if your dollhouse and furniture don’t turn out quite as perfectly as the one pictured here.