Marchpane: Both books were awarded recognition in their publication years (Newbery Medal for Miss Hickory in 1946 and several notable book awards for The Blossom on the Bough in 1975). Works of imagination and natural science respectively, their illustrations provide beautifully magical and realistic lenses for seeing nature.… (more)
Relates the adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig with a hickory nut for a head.
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A magical fanatsy and the winner of the Newbery Medal in 1947. Miss Hickory is a child's doll, made of an apple tree twig and with a hickory nut for a head. Miss Hickory is 'hard headed' in character too. She is bossy to all the animal she meets and she is unhappy. But finally her hard head is eaten by an obliging and hungry squirrel. The apple twig is released, and climbs with all the strength of its remaining sap to graft itself high in an old, ailing apple tree, in time to bloom with the coming spring. The background to the story is the revealed miracle of the world of nature and the seasons.