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The Wheat Doll by Alison Randall
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The Wheat Doll

by Alison Randall

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  rjrubylou | Mar 9, 2017 |
Set in the late 1800s Utah, The Wheat Doll follows Mary Ann as loses her favorite wheat doll when she runs for shelter during a massive storm. Mary Ann and her doll, Betty, are separated for weeks after the storm. They reunite when Mary Ann discovers a patch of grass shaped just like her doll! This was an adorable little story that after hearing it, the author felt compelled to share it with the world. The setting only mattered because it needed to be wheat farm but I think any child can relate to Mary Ann when she loses her best friend. ( )
  ilonon | Feb 15, 2017 |
"The Wheat Doll" is a short and sweet story about a girl and her best friend who is a doll she made. Mary Ann has a doll she made stuffed with wheat named Betty. Betty is her best friend. One day after harvesting carrots, Mary Ann unfortunately loses Betty in a storm. Months later, Mary Ann finds a small patch of wheat growing in the shape of Betty. She lets the wheat grow, harvests it, and makes a new Betty doll. This is a cute story that many children can relate to, being that many children have toys that are their best friends. Children can see that it is sad that Mary Ann loses her doll, but eventually something good comes out of it. It teaches a great lesson that good can come from bad. I love the way it conveys this message and relates it to children's lives. Overall, I love this story and it's beautiful illustrations. It is such a sweet story. ( )
  bethanygc | Sep 5, 2016 |
Losing a friend can be hard, especially when you live on a small family farm with no other children. But when all seems lost, you can find you never truly lost them at all. Students could benefit from the theme of friendship, and the book can be the basis of an art craft.

Genre: Historical Fiction
Reading Level : Intermediate
  rdg301library | May 27, 2014 |
This story is about a girl and her homemade doll who is her best friend. The illustrations, which was done in oil on canvas, gives a realistic portrait of the characters and settings. This book can be used when talking about the storms, friendship, or making a doll. ( )
  epalaz | Apr 18, 2013 |
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On the nineteenth-century Utah frontier, Mary Ann is heartbroken when her doll Betty is lost during a fierce storm and her sadness lasts all winter long, until spring brings a wonderful surprise.

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