Carolyn Sherwin Bailey: Miss Hickory



Y a chipmunk s deemed dirty and gossipyAnd there appears to be a subtle dig at self righteous church goers as we learn that Miss Hickory decked Blue Boat in her finest attire looks forward to attending the sermons of Jackn the PulpitIn short Miss Hickory Antitype (Archetype, is akin to the character of Gladys Kravitzn the 1970 s television series Bewitched She Conscience is a noisy judging little hypocriteWhen hungry suirrel takes his revenge and eats her head off Miss Hickoryn a biblical way looses her life to be reborn again n the spring I was hoping this would be as good as HITTY t s also from a doll s point of view but The Seventh Day it wasn tn fact t was basically what I always thought HITTY would be cheesy And the llustrations are sort of creepy Okay but The Devils Jug, the Crying Tree Me it s ALMOST worth reading the whole thingt s pretty short for the totally bizarre ending I ve learned my lesson When the Newbery girls all say a book Ramesses is weird and I after 50 pages or so disagree with them and privately think they re getting just a bit too picky with these old children s books I really should just keep my thoughts to myself until I actually finish the book Because ending the book by having your main character s view spoilerhead eaten by a suirrel hide spoiler Miss Hickorys America s Struwwelpeter a ghastly grisly warning to children everywhere It seems the Newbery Committee that awarded the coveted medal to Miss Hickory was sending a message to the children of AmericaDON T BE AN ASSHOLESeriously what other message could they possibly be sending when the book they select as The Most Distinguished Book of the Year has an ending that features view spoilerthe main character being decapitated and eaten hide spoiler This The Irish Warrior is one of the most creative children s books I have ever read You really have to just go witht and let the fantasy take over Beautifully written and Baby, Im Back! (Return to Redemption, illustrated I remember being so worried about the fate of Miss Hickory and her wee acorn head This titles The Betrayal (The Siege in such danger of being forgotten Its never on a recommended summer reading list any and you would be hard pressed to find than one copy The Draining Lake (Inspector Erlendur if even thatn a bookstore Definitely one of my childhood favorites Do you want to know a secretI really rarely ever HATE books I might despise them or wish I hadn t read them but hating a book That s really extreme for me Except for Miss Hickory This book I HATED With a passion So bad that as a child before I realized I didn t have to keep books I didn t like I would put sticky notes on Mers it that had skulls and crossbones that said things like Read this and you will die tear Just like Miss Hickory What kind of children s book ends with the doll dying I m still traumatized almost ten years later Really sad book I would recommend this to absolutely no one. Kory nut the prospect of spending a New Hampshire winter alones frightening ndeed In this classic modern day fairy tale what’s a doll to

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Miss Hickory s kind of a sappy story but not a bad one The author s use of fantasy and nature elements make Finding Normal it stand out from most other doll stories A lot of reviewers found the story too weird but that st s charm Die Germanen in my opinion Lot s of great stories are weird just ask the Grimm Brothers I loved Miss Hickory Shes a cranky The Broken Sword insecure nut who eventually finds her way and that s a character I can relate to I loved that shes mean how refreshing and real The weirdest part for me was the strange religious chapter Haunted Houses in the middle of the book that seemed out of place and a bit heavy handed but I skippedt since t rritated me The chapters follow the seasons and nature Christianity at the Crossroads is describedn way that emphasizes The Romanovs it s magic Just what my city kids need She will give us a lot to talk about Miss Hickory had an apple wood twig body hickory nut head and wore a rather smart checked gingham dress She lived a fine and comfortable life under the lilac bushn a corncob house Before winter set Cravings in Great Granny Brown would bring Miss Hickory s house and her along witht The Wedding Date into the Old Place and set both on the windowsill to pass the time amiably until springtime But this year Crow had brought some terrible news It seems that Great Granny Brown has closed up the Old Place for the winter and has decided to spend the wintern Boston Swan Song in some place called the Women s City Club Abandoned dismayed and soon to be evicted whats Miss Hickory to do Leave Learn Better it to her old friend Crow to not only offer up a solution but an adventure to boot1947 Newbery Medal Winner Miss Hickorys NOT to be confused with some run of the mill children s story Oh no For author Carolyn Sherwin Bailey advises her readers at the beginning of her story that all of her characters from Miss Hickory to Crow to Suirrel and even Hen Pheasant are very much real and alive save for one but I don t wish to spoil the story Bailey gives us a wonderful adventure tale that centers around one very prissy self centered judgmental and rather pretentious Miss Hickory We follow her seasonal exploits Harbor Me in the orchard that sits beside the Old Place Readers get to meet many colorful characters such as fearful Ground Hog spoiled Chipmunk and worldly Wild Heifer As Miss Hickory encounters each of these wonderful creatures she grows a bitn experience character and self actualizationMiss Hickory El Señor del Carnaval (Jan Fabel, is a beautifully told story complemented by Ruth Gannett s exuisite lithographs Her drawings give an earthy and rustic feel to a tale celebrating nature and wildlife Bailey spent her summers at a homen New Hampshire that adjoined an apple orchard Her keen observational skills allow readers to be transported to a world where you can delight n the purple asters smell the fragrant. Most dolls lead a comfortable but unadventurous life This was true of Miss Hickory until the fateful day that her owner Ann moves from her New.

Pine needles taste the berries and nuts and feel the crunch of autumn leaves beneath your feetSPOILER Although younger readers may find the ending a bit sad Miss Hickory s truly a celebration of discovering your personal worth and finding your place n the world adults may have to help them look for this silver lining In the end although Miss Hickory was a bit hardheaded she discovered that home s than a structure t s a sense of belonging And although she was a bit of a nut sorry Miss Hickory shows us that s does pay to listen to your heart rather than your head that you can t always judge a book by Patton on Leadership its cover and mostmportantly that you should always ALWAYS be nice to suirrels because making them angry would be just plainnutty Miss Hickory was my favorite children s novel when I first read La Impostura Perversa it as a girl and readingt again nownow I remember why I loved Zones of Instability it so much Miss Hickorys an outdoor story a talking animal tale that makes exuisite sense of the natural magic that brings the twig bodied acorn headed doll to lifeThe animals The Riven Shield (The Sun Sword, in the story are both confounded and drawn to the fiesty no nonsense Miss Hickory They learn from her as much as she learns from them sometimes acts of friendship sometimes dangerous exchanges but all wrappedn authentic detail of the natural world Let s just say the author Ms Bailey knows her outdoorsOverall Miss Hickory Once More With Feeling is a story that reminds us to pay attention to nature to get outside every day and to lose our headsn order to feel our hearts and move about with our spirit without fear and doubt In this 1947 Newbery Medal award winning book Miss Hickory s ndeed a hard nut to crack She What Matters Most is a stick figure doll composed of a fork like twiggy body and a hickory nut for a noggin Her humble but clean abodes made of corncobs nestled beneath a lilac bushMiss Hickory s deemed alive by the family who made her and the forest animals who befriend herWhen the family temporarily moves from New Hampshire to Massachusetts Miss Hickory s left behind to fend for herself Linnys Sweet Dream List in the bitter cold winterShes a selfish self serving vain and stubborn old coot who self righteously judges others especially those who help herCarolyn Sherwin Bailey weaves subtle humor and social commentary throughout via the personality given to Miss HickoryFor example Envy (Empty Coffin, in observing the trouble making crow as he leads a pack of fellow meanies Miss Hickory remarks that he most likelys a gangster and really should be shot but will not be caughtThe suirrel who tries to help by keeping her warm alas does not save but eats all his nuts and Carnal Captive (Carnal Incorporated is lectured for his bad ualities but not praised for his good attributes The crow who finds a new robin s nest home for her after her corncob abodes taken over Hampshire home to attend school Bad Boys On Board (Watson Brothers, in Boston leaving Miss Hickory behind For a small doll whose bodys an apple wood twig and whose head s a hic.

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Carolyn Sherwin Bailey was an American children's author She attended Teachers College Columbia University from which she graduated in 1896 She contributed to the Ladies' Home Journal and other magazines