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Encyclopedia > Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years is a novel written by Rachel Field that won the Newbery Medal in 1930. The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the most outstanding American book for children. ...


The story has an unusual protagonist: the narrative unfolds through the eyes of a wooden doll named Hitty. Hitty was carved in the early 1800s for a young girl from Maine. The story details Hitty's adventures as she travels from owner to owner over the course of a century. She ends up living in locations as far-flung as Boston, Ireland, India, and an island in the South Pacific. At various times, she is lost in deep under sofa cushions, abandoned in a hayloft, and serves as part of a snake-charmer's act. State nickname: The Pine Tree State Other U.S. States Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Governor John Baldacci (D) Official languages None Area 86,542 km² (39th)  - Land 80,005 km²  - Water 11,724 km² (13. ... Nickname: Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe), Athens of America Location in Massachusetts Founded  -Incorporated September 17, 1630 1820, as a city  County Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 232. ... there is no such thing as a southern ocean. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Kill Bill is the fourth feature film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino released in two parts: Volume 1 & Volume 2. ...


The story was rewritten and updated in 1999 by Susan Jeffers and Rosemary Wells. Hitty has now become an icon for traveling, hosting, and collecting. she has become the image for boarding house, boarding schools and superhero schools in the 1 1/2 scale. she has her own web group, hittygirl.com and her own ebay auctions.


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Hitty, Her First Hundred Years - BookAngles (890 words)
When Hitty is dressed in very fashionable attire, she says"...despite all the warnings I had heard from the families of (the missionaries and the Quakers), I could not but find it extremely pleasant to be as well-dressed as the pictures of the people in "Godey's Lady's Book"...
Hitty is taken by a group of savages who hang a talisman around her neck, revere her as a god, and worship her in their temple until she is rescued.
In India, Hitty is captured by a Hindoo (Hindu) snake-charmer and sits by a basket with a hooded cobra which is controlled by the music played by the man. When she is rescued, she says "...Providence or the power of the mountain ash intervened." The rescuers are missionaries.
Dorothy Lathrop Biography (1390 words)
She mentions in her acceptance speech that she was personally attracted to the stories of the fiercer beasts, but her editors worried that such images might frighten the young readers.
Her mother was a painter, her grandfather owned a bookstore, and her sister, Gertrude, was a sculptor, so she seemed destined for a career in art and literature.
Her sister Gertrude tells of an ever-changing menagerie at the house she shared with her sister.
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