Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The Original Travel Doll

By Deb Baker

Hitty was carved from white ash sometime in the mid-eighteen hundreds. She was a six-inch, one-of-a-kind wooden doll with black hair and blue eyes and now resides in climate control at the Stockbridge Massachusetts Library.

She sprang to life in a Newberry award winning 1929 children’s novel by Rachel Field called Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. The story was told in first person by Hitty at night in an antique shop. She described her travels and adventures so vividly that the book is still in print almost eighty years later.

Her yahoo group has 500 members and her newsletter is sent to over 1000 readers. At http://www.hitty.org/ you can purchase a replica of her, buy her clothes patterns, or select a kit to carve your very own.

I heard a rumor that someone attempted an abduction of the original Hitty, but I haven’t been able to verify it. Does anyone know if this occurred?


Joanna Campbell Slan said...


I remember that book. I loved it. Absolutely loved it, and tried to make my own Hittie--but I can't recall the results.

I used to make a lot of my own dolls.


Cynthia said...

I read Hittie when I was a little girl and loved it. Another book that I really enjoyed was Miss Hickory. Her adventures were a good read as well. I gave a copy of both books to my granddaugher recently. She loved both. It was nice to share something that I enjoyed so long ago with my granddaughter and even better to know that she was just as thrilled.