When I got home from work last night, Gary asked me if I was tired. I replied "Not too bad" then he asked if I wanted to go to the "Village" after supper.
The "Village" is the thrift store I check out for dolls. I had been thinking all day about how I could convince him to head there.... not that I can't go myself - I can - but it's just so much more fun when he's along!
I wasn't really looking for dolls this trip - good thing because there were none anyway! What I did want to check out is the Little Golden Books in the Children's book section.
The Baby Dear I am restoring for my friend actually was created from a story written by Esther Wilkin. The doll was designed by Ester's sister Eloise Wilkin, who also did the illustrations for the book. The book was first published as a Little Golden Book in 1962 as Baby Dear - and later re-released with a New title "The New Baby" in 1990. I had seen it on the Internet, and thought it would be really fun to find it for my friend.
There actually were not a lot of Little Golden books at "The Village" - I pulled them out from between other books - an easy task due to their tell-tale spines (no pun intended). Do you know the third book I pulled out turned out to be "The New Baby" in really great shape, no writing in the cover or anything. I was so excited - I just had to go and find Gary and show him!
What are the odds I should find the one book I was really looking for - with an old story about an old doll from the 60's?
I poked around for a bit, and found another book - a novel - called "The Doll People." Well what can I say - I had to have it.
A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn't follow THE DOLL CODE of HONOR.
I am between books at the moment - perfect timing, don't you think?