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Betty Doll



Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Patricia Polacco
Date of Publication:
ISBN:
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2001

Synopsis: Whenever Mary Ellen needed Betty Doll, she was there. She survived blizzards and thunderstorms, attended parties and weddings, and helped mourn the deaths of old friends. From the day Trisha's mother first sewed Betty Doll together stitch by stitch, to the day, many years later, when she discovered she had cancer, her soft, sweet Betty Doll was there. Now Betty Doll lives on in Patricia Polacco's soft, beautiful artwork as Trisha shares the warm and poignant moments of her mother's favorite doll with readers of all ages.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Pick one of the events that Betty Doll saw. Draw or write that story from her perspective.
•  What do you do (hold, talk to, etc.) when you feel sad? How does it make you feel? Draw or write.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!