Hitty: Her First Hundred Years

Hitty: Her First Hundred Years Hitty Is A Doll Of Great Charm And Character It Is Indeed A Privilege To Publish Her Memoirs, Which, Besides Being Full Of The Most Thrilling Adventures On Land And Sea, Also Reveal Her Delightful Personality One Glance At Her Portrait Will Show That She Is No Ordinary Doll Hitty, Or Mehitable As She Was Really Named, Was Made In The Early S For Phoebe Preble, A Little Girl From Maine Young Phoebe Was Very Proud Of Her Beautiful Doll And Took Her Everywhere, Even On A Long Sailing Trip In A Whaler This Is The Story Of Hitty S Years With Phoebe, And The Many That Follow In The Life Of A Well Loved Doll

Rachel Lyman Field was an American novelist, poet, and author of children s fiction She is best known for her Newbery Medal winning novel for young adults, Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, published in 1929.As a child Field contributed to the St Nicholas Magazine and was educated at Radcliffe College Her book, Prayer for a Child, was a recipient of the Caldecott Medal for its illustrations by

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Hitty: Her First Hundred Years
  • Rachel Field
  • English
  • 07 September 2018
  • 9780027348408

10 thoughts on “Hitty: Her First Hundred Years

  1. says:

    The narration of a doll gave this story an unusual viewpoint Over a period of 100 years Hitty can hear all that goes on around her but cannot speak or influence her fate, but we know at some point she has been able to tell her story.Hitty begins life around a hundred years ago She has been carved from mountain ash by a peddlar Hitty has many misfortunes and owners, it was fascinating to follow Hitty through decades, fashions, owners and values We googled Hitty and found that this story was inspired by a real doll that the author found in an antique shop, there are some photos and Hitty is in a museum now, if you have read this book I m sure you will agree Hitty really deserves a peaceful retirement after the life she has had This really was a good 5 star read We do hope Hitty s next 100 years are easier than the last

  2. says:

    This was charming, but slight It s a children s book about a wooden doll and her adventures over a hundred years, including some time on a whaling ship, being worshipped as an idol in the South Seas, time in India among missionaries I did sort of wonder about the geography that got her from one to the other Did people who were whalers in the Maine really go all the way to the Pacific to get whales , time with a Quaker family, with a spoiled little girl, with an old lady or two, on a steamboat on the Mississippi.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  3. says:

    While I have most certainly always found Rachel Field s 1929 Hitty, Her First Hundred Years generally descriptive and engaging enough to both appreciate and than simply mildly enjoy especially with regard to historicity and how the novel basically in many ways is such a mirror image perfect portrait of the 19th and early 2oth century, as narrated by, as seen and viewed by a doll, by Hitty herself , I have also and nevertheless generally always felt than a bit personally uncomfortable with regard to certain parts of Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, in particular concerning gender stratification and how both visible and even not so visible minorities are generally approached and depicted by Hitty and by extension by author Rachel Field However, considering that Hitty, her First Hundred years is of course first and foremost a product of its time and its place, I certainly do value and respect the novel for what it is and what it represents and have therefore definitely enjoyed it considerably and lastingly than Rosemary Wells recent and totally annoying if not in fact historically inaccurate and inappropriate adaptation, because her 1999 Rachel Field s Hitty Her First Hundred Years just simply seems so utterly and totally unrealistic in set up and content, while Hitty, Her First Hundred Years at least reads and feels like potential and probable historical reality and not some feel good fairytale like fantasy of what modern readers might have wanted the past to be like, a past with no warts, with no bigotry, with no racial, no gender issues and problems, but really a past that never did actually even remotely manage to exist But this all having been said and this is the main reason why Hitty, Her First Hundered Years is a high two star ranking and not a low three stars for me , I do have to personally admit that especially the first time I read the novel in 1980 and as a teenager who still had a quite heavy German accent at that time and was also being relentlessly bullied by both my fellow students and even by some of my teachers, one of whom actually often accused me of being too lazy to try to get rid of my so called horrible German accent , the manner in which Rachel Field in her guise as Hitty approaches and describes those who do not speak standard English fluently did massively and painfully hurt my sensitive to being a New Canadian feelings For yes indeed, Hitty rather arrogantly labelling Hindi as being some kind of horrible gibberish, I absolutely did find this incredibly nastily offensive when I read Hitty, Her First Hundred Years in 1980, not to mention that the buffoony and actually quite patronising depiction of German Americans with their pronounced, heavy accents, their seeming mental sluggishness and their supposed over emotionality certainly did not at all make me feel accepted and welcome, and really, truly quite a bit like getting verbally slapped in the face so to speak a feeling and a point of view that is of course no longer quite as strong and pronounced now as it was then, but I still do find and consider the instances of what I can only call deliberate linguistic authorial parodying as at best disrespectful and annoyingly unintelligent, unfeeling of Rachel Field, of the author, of Hitty, and yes, as much as Hitty, Her First Hundred Years has proven both interesting and rewarding as far as reading experiences go, my personal and negative reactions to in particular the accent heavy parlances of the German Americans and the over exaggerated non standard English vernacular speech patterns of the African Americans whom Hitty encounters, this has always rubbed me the wrong proverbial way since 1980, since the first time I encountered and perused Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.

  4. says:

    Read as part of the Read the Newberys reading project This is by far my favorite of the Newbery books read yet we started at the oldest and are working our way to current time In fact, it was fun and entertaining to read It s Mehitabel s Hitty s memoirs, and is so fun to read Hitty, of course, is a carved wooden doll, who chronicles her life through owner after owner after owner Hitty s adventures in a way reminded me of The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, another Newbery book, but were far superior and way entertaining Maybe because I m a girl I don t know, but I was as engrossed in the quaint and charming writing of this book as I used to be in any story of the Littles or The Borrowers Man, I loved those books The idea of a doll or a toy or some other inanimate object telling her adventures like this just made me so happy I m also entertained by the subtitle Her First Hundred Years as if her next hundred years will be published soon After many Newbery discussions about how disappointed we were in the quality of books and our assumed age of their readers, this is exactly what I d been hoping for, and I can imagine lots of young people being engrossed in hearing Hitty s story.

  5. says:

    According to the note inside, I received this for my fifth birthday from my maternal grandparents and I read and re read this book throughout childhood A recent encounter with DiCamillo s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane reminded me that I needed to pick this up.I had remembered the basic outline but had forgotten so many of Hitty s adventures and the families that she went through Such a great slice of late 18th and 19th Century America.

  6. says:

    I have been working on Hitty off and on for a few weeks now It wasn t an easy read for me I was really looking forward to it, thinking that after a decade of only men winning the Newbery, the first woman winner was a big step for the award Sadly, the same racism and class ism that plagued a few of the winners from the 1920 s is present in Hitty as well.Hitty has many adventures that take her around the world, and when she encounters natives of an eastern aisle, she calls them savages, which I guess is what most Americans at the time would have called them She is a little condescending to the people of India, and at one point she is relieved when she isn t taken home with an Irish family, who she describes as boisterous and dirty The worst part for me, though, is when she is taken found by an African American family The dialect switches from the perfect English that had been used the whole book by all of the white characters to I is gwine to tell you one thing, and Whiter now dan de dribben snow I mean, it s ok to use dialect, but come on Even your white sailors from earlier in the book used decent English It s a bit condescending of the author to just switch like that for one ethnic group I understand that this book is from a different time, and that it probably wouldn t even be publishable now, but that doesn t mean I have to like it.I did see what the Newbery committee and the children of the late 20 s and early 30 s saw in Hitty, though It s not really my type of book, but there were some charming moments, and the idea of following a doll s journey throughout a century is a nice one I would say that today s children would have trouble liking this book, but It s hard for me to argue that, because I actually had a rising third grader check it out last week, and love it I guess there is a niche of kids who like this sort of thing I wasn t one of them I would have found it boring, and frankly, I still do.

  7. says:

    I can t believe I forgot this book When I first read it I loved it so much I copied the pictures on tracing paper so as to remember the story line If I had this, it would be the grab during fire type of book I think I can safely blame this book for my dislike of dolls now Hitty was so real to me, I lived her adventures with her, and her fears I can never forget the P engraved on the hearth, that is forever burned into my brain Now, I go to the library every so often so as to look at it again It is just as brilliant as it was the very first time I don t want to ever forget this book again.

  8. says:

    She was shaped from a six inch piece of mountain ash, carried from Ireland in a peddler s pack to ward of witches and other forms of evil In Hitty her first Hundred Years we travel though the titled century with that little vagabond piece of feminine shaped ash as she is flung over a good portion of the world From her respectable beginnings within a puritanical home she moves into situations that would scandalize most proper folk Among her many incarnations Hitty can r sum graven idol, snake charmer, whaler, fashionista, artist s muse, effigy, and pincushion Not to mention that half the world scrutinized her underwear Hitty s author, Rachel Field, employs the clever device of Hitty s memoirs to expose the reader to a wide swash of U.S and world history I m sure the historical sweep was secondary to the creation of the rollicking adventure story Hitty keeps us in touch with the timeline mainly through her wardrobe changes, along with at least one major historical event, the Civil War Field also slips in a couple of notable writers Charles Dickens and John Greenleaf Whittier, to anchor the date Using an inanimate being, with no control over her world, can be limiting in a protagonist Narration was heavier during Hitty s era than is considered respectable in today s fiction Having a protagonist limited in conversational skills seems to have necessitated that the narrator tell the reader everything she should be thinking about the goings on in the story Although Hitty s conversation is limited, she does have a distinct voice I would label it ironic prude She is often quite funny when commiserating over her fading beauty It is a hard world for those of us who are not able to keep our complexions Pg 107 She was scandalized by the changing fashions of the early 20th century the sight of children with bare legs and arms and brief dresses, and ladies with hair and skirts almost as short pg 197 Among the vast array of characters that traipsed through Hitty s life some were vibrant than others Oddly the adult characters were better developed than many of the children It was common for Hitty to tell us the disposition of her new companion rather than show us As was the sad norm of the time, Hitty does not fare well in the arena of political correctness There was the assumption in India that the little brown people were waiting to be saved from their heathen ways The savages who took Hitty as their god did not develop beyond the first dimension Even in Field s treatment of African Americans, in which I truly believe she strived to be liberal and open minded, there was still an implied assumption that she was describing a lesser bit of humanity The collective they was used to group the former slaves on the plantation She was sure to show that they were now happy and content to be working for wages She described the plantation Colonel and his daughter s magnanimous generosity in doling out Christmas presents from the big house Of course Hitty was also much consoled when she passed from the black hands of little Car line into the quality hands of Miss Hope I m a little uncomfortable dishing out to harsh of a judgment in hindsight, as I wonder with what blinders I m viewing today s world Although there are a few weaknesses when held to today s standards, I would say that Hitty holds up as an enjoyable story with an engaging, if a bit puffed up, little heroine The scope of the story is to be admired and enjoyed.

  9. says:

    Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field is the memoir of a small doll who was carved out of a piece of mountain ash wood approximately one century before she began writing her memoir When she begins writing her memoir she is in an antique shop, but her memoirs reveal she has been around the world and held by countless individuals from numerous countries She began her life in Maine with her first owner, Phoebe Preble She went on a sea adventure with the Preble family, survived a sinking ship, was worshiped by natives on an unnamed island, traveled India with a snake charmer, came back to America with a missionary s daughter, endured than a decade stuffed in a couch in an attic, and later spent several years with mice in a hay loft She saw America move into a modern era, survived the Civil War, was held by Charles Dickens, and had both her daguerreotype taken and her portrait painted Hitty charmed and impressed children and adults who beheld her Her first 100 years make for a sweeping, epic tale that readers young and old will remember and replay in their minds long after finishing this novel As this book was first published in 1929, it will not readily appeal to a large number of modern readers The main character of the novel is a doll, a character likely to appeal to younger readers, but the book is long, complicated, and somewhat dense, making it appropriate for older readers 5th through 8th grade I would suggest two ideal uses for this particular Newbery Medal winner 1 This book would be good for parents or teachers to read aloud to younger children 1st through 3rd grade in small portions 2 This book also would appeal to older, advanced readers, especially girls who enjoy unique stories or historical fiction.As the book itself is drawing near its 100th birthday, there are certain portions that may be considered politically incorrect for modern readers Hitty regards the natives in the story with disdain and often refers to the brown people she sees in and around India Hitty tends to favor white Americans as her preferred caretakers This aspect of the book is not blatant or overly cruel to those from other cultures, but it is something parents, teachers, and librarians should be aware of It might be grounds for interesting conversations with readers who decide to tackle this book Overall, Hitty is a fascinating tome, unlike many books readers will encounter Those who crack open this book will be glad to travel through time and around the world with Hitty.

  10. says:

    Another one you all seem to have read and loved that I never picked up before I expected it to be cheesy, but it was highly readable, suspenseful, and very funny I read it almost without stopping, though the first half was superior to the second.ETA I see that an edition with updated text has been released, presumably to remove racial stereotypes I wonder how far they went The stuff with the former slaves would be fairly easy to adjust, but what about the natives in the South Seas

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