I just finished a very satisfying book called The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson. It was a bit like Hitty and Edward Tulane in that it followed a doll on its life journey touching many other lives on the way, but it was quite unique too. The characters were very rich in personality. It also provided snapshots of history along the way. The book tells of a handmade doll from Japan that is a member of the Ambassadors of Friendship. In 1927, Japanese children sent 58 dolls to the United States in a gesture of friendship to American schoolchildren. The dolls were sent all around the country. This book highlights the journey of one specific doll and her impact on many different people along the way. I look forward to sharing it with my students.
I am also eager to try the craft suggested by Valerie on her site Jump Into a Book. She provides excellent photos and a tutorial for making origami friendship dolls. It looks like a lot of fun and I will just have to make time to do it soon. I am sure many students will enjoy that activity too.