Rachel Field’s Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Rosemary Wells, Author, Susan Jeffers, Illustrator Simon & Schuster $ (p) ISBN Hitty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field – Hitty is a doll of great charm and character. It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs, which, besides. HITTY – HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS. RACHEL FIELD. WINNER OF THE NEWSBERY MEDAL. CHAPTER 1. In Which I Begin My Memoirs. The antique shop.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for yewrs us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 yeaars s for Phoebe Preble, a lit Hitty is a doll of great charm and character.

Hitty, or Mehitable as she was really named, was made in the early s 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.

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I am a oll collector hunndred have been for many, many years. Do you collect dolls too? Lists with This Book. Feb 27, Hilary rated it it hundrec amazing Shelves: The narration of a doll gave this story an unusual viewpoint. Over a period of years Hitty can hear all that goes on around her but cannot speak or influence her fate, but we know at some point she has been able to tell her story. Hitty begins life around a hundred years ago. She has been carved from mountain ash by a peddlar.

Hitty has many misfortunes and owners, it was fascinating to follow Hitty through decades, fashions, owners and values. We googled Hitty and found that this story was i The narration of a doll gave this story an unusual viewpoint.

We googled Hitty and found that this story was inspired by a real doll that the author found in an antique shop, there are some photo’s and Hitty is in a museum now, if you have read this book I’m sure you will agree Hitty really deserves a peaceful retirement after the life she has had!

This really was a good 5 star read. We do hope Hitty’s next years are easier than the last! View all 9 comments. Jun 21, Megan Baxter rated it liked it. 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 hjndred Maine really go all the way to the Pacific to get whales? The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement.

You can read why I came to this decision here. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Jan 10, Antof9 rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

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 Hitgy of Doctor Dolittleanother Newbery book, but were fa Read as part of the Read the Newberys” reading project. Hitty’s adventures in a way reminded me of The Voyages of Doctor Dolittleanother Newbery book, but were far superior and way more entertaining.

Maybe because I’m a girl? I don’t know, but I was as engrossed in the quaint and charming writing of this book as I used to be in any story of the “Littles” or “The Borrowers”. Man, I loved those books. The idea of a firsst or a toy or some other inanimate object telling her adventures like this just made me so happy!

I’m also entertained by the subtitle “Her First Hundred Years” — as if her next hundred years will be published soon: After many Newbery discussions about how disappointed we were in the quality of books and our assumed age of their readers, this is exactly what I’d been hoping for, and I can imagine lots of young people being engrossed in hearing Hitty’s story.

View all 3 comments. Sep 16, Manybooks rated it it was ok Shelves: However, considering that Hitty, her First Hundred years is of course first and foremost a product of its time firat its place, I certainly do value and respect the novel for what it is and what it represents hubdred have therefore definitely enjoyed it considerably more and lastingly than Rosemary Wells’ more recent and totally annoying if not in fact historically inaccurate and inappropriate adaptation, because her Rachel Field’s Hitty: Her First Hundred Years just simply seems so utterly and totally unrealistic in set-up and content, while Hitty, Her First Hundred Years at least reads and feels like potential and probable historical reality and not some feel-good fairytale like fantasy of what modern readers might have wanted the hundres to be like, a past with no warts, with no bigotry, with no racial, no gender issues and problems, but really a past that hundrec did actually even remotely manage to exist.

But this all having been said and this is the main reason why Hitty, Her First Hundered Years is a high two star ranking and not a low three stars for meI do hkndred to personally admit that especially the first time I read the novel in and as hr teenager who still had a quite heavy German accent at that time and was also being relentlessly bullied by both my fellow students and even by some of my teachers, one of whom actually often accused me of being too lazy to try to get rid of my so-called horrible German accentthe manner in which Rachel Field in her guise as Hitty approaches and describes those who do not speak standard English fluently did massively and painfully hurt my sensitive to being a New Canadian feelings.

Jun 25, Tweety rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 firt 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 hundrd, 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 hudnred every so often so as to look at it a I can’t believe I forgot this hirty Now, I go to the library every so often so as to look at it again. It is just as brilliant as it was hunred very first time.

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I don’t want to ever forget this book again. View all 21 comments. Apr 01, Mimi rated it it was amazing Shelves: According yeara the note inside, I received this for my fifth birthday from my hyndred grandparents and I read and re-read this book throughout childhood. I had remembered the basic outline but had forgotten so many of Hitty’s adventures and the uitty that she went through.


Such a great slice of late 18th and 19th Century America. From her respectable beginnings within a puritanical home she moves into situations that would scandalize most proper folk. Not to mention that half the world scrutinized her underwear.

Hitty keeps us in touch with the timeline mainly through her wardrobe changes, along with at least one major historical event, the Civil War. Field also slips in a couple of notable writers: Charles Dickens and John Greenleaf Whittier, to anchor the date.

Hitty Her First Hundred Years

Using an inanimate being, with no control over her world, can be limiting in a protagonist. Having a protagonist limited in conversational skills seems to have necessitated that the narrator tell the reader everything she should be thinking about the goings-on in the story. I would label it ironic-prude. She is often quite funny when commiserating over her fading beauty. Oddly the adult characters were better developed than many of the children.

It was common for Hitty to tell us the disposition of her new companion rather than show us. As was the sad norm of the time, Hitty does not fare well in the arena of political correctness.

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She was sure to show that they were now happy and content to be working for wages. The scope of the story is to be admired and enjoyed. Jul 11, Ally Copper rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 “Hitty, Her First Hundred Years” by Rachel Field is the memoir of a small doll who was carved out of het piece of mountain-ash wood approximately one century before she began writing her memoir.

She went on a sea adventure with the Preble family, survived a sinking ship, was worshiped by natives on an unnamed island, traveled India with a snake charmer, came back to America with a missionary’s daughter, endured more than a decade stuffed in a couch in an attic, and later spent several years with mice in a hay loft. She saw America move into a modern era, survived the Civil War, was held by Charles Dickens, and yearz both her daguerreotype hunndred and her portrait painted.

Hitty charmed and impressed children and adults who beheld her. Her first years make for a sweeping, epic tale that readers young and old will remember and replay in their minds long after finishing this novel.

As this book was first published init will not readily appeal to a large number of modern readers. The main character of the novel is a doll, a character more likely to appeal to younger readers, but the book is long, complicated, and somewhat dense, making it more appropriate for older readers 5th through 8th grade.

I would suggest two ideal uses for this particular Newbery Medal winner. As the book itself is drawing near its th birthday, there are certain portions that may be considered politically incorrect for modern readers.