The Doll's Nose


Clara and Ana have beautiful dolls. They were having fun playing with the dolls and invited Mary to join them. Mary didn't have a doll, and they didn't have any money to buy one. So Mary decided to make a doll. She loved her new doll. It wasn't until she sneezed, though, that she realized she forgot one thing: a nose! How would she make a nose?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Girls will love this story about friendship and creativity. This is a great read-aloud story and would make a fun partner read with a young reader (first or second grade).

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter loved this book the first time we read it. Even though she knew the answer to Mary's nose dilemma, she still wanted to read it again.

Parent Reaction

This is a creative, well-balanced story. It doesn't overplay the family's poverty and Ana and Clara are not mean about having dolls. It has just the right blend of independence and creativity you hope to see in a story, and I love how the other girls want to have dolls that are just like Mary's. It would be nice to find more stories like this one.

Type of Book:
This picture book shares a story of friendship, acceptance, and creative problem solving.
Educational Themes:

The story offers a great lesson in getting over the "have nots," and shows that you can have something different without being judged. You can also use it as a springboard for making your own doll. Talk about what materials you can use that you already have on hand. Contrast and compare what would and wouldn't work. For example, would straw make good hair?

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading to nearly 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. Pre-readers and young readers alike will enjoy this story. Young girls will likely see themselves in this situation (even if it's not over dolls) and the story presents solutions in an emotion-neutral way.

Title The Doll's Nose
Author Miranda Haxhia
Publisher International Step by Step Association © 2007
Illustrators Ursula Kohrer
ISBN 9781931854498
Material Paperback
Cost $16.95
Genres Friendship, Foreign Language | Bilingual
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