This children’s series of books is an old-fashioned read for little girls who like and/or collect dolls. I found the first book of the series, “Tatiana Comes to America: An Ellis Island Story”, at Half-Price Books, and at $1.99 scooped it up for my Little Free Library. At the time of publication (2002, by Scholastic), book two and three of the series had also been published, and books four, five, and six were “promised.”
The story is simple. Mom and Dad, both humanitarian doctors, are off to Africa to help sick people there. Rose, the elder daughter wonders why they “…can’t just help sick people in America instead.” She and Lila, the younger daughter are about to be “parked” at their Nana’s for a year. What the girls discover at Nana’s is that the turret of Nana’s Victorian house is set up as a doll hospital where broken dolls are mended ,”refreshed” and restored to former glory by Nana’s nimble fingers. Eerily enough, as Nana mends Tatiana, a doll- “patient”, with the girls listening and learning to help, Nana channels the doll and speaks for Titania, telling her “life’s story.”
There are many humorous moments (What! no TV! and Nana, herself who first appears to the girls as an aged hippie complete with love beads and lava lamp along with the resident four cats named after the Beatles), and they are complimented by the delightful, typical Scholastic illustrations. My $1.99 was well spent and make this little paperback the best book investment for my LFL I’ve made in a while.