The Ticky-Tacky Doll by Cynthia Rylant

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The ticky-tacky doll has been one little girl's best friend ever since Grandmama sewed it for her. They do everything together--eat, sleep, play, even dream.
Then school starts, and for the first time the little girl has to leave her beloved companion behind at home. Without the ticky-tacky doll by her side, she grows more sad-eyed and lonely each day.
Luckily, Grandmama knows just what to do. . . .

About Cynthia Rylant

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Cynthia Rylant is a Newbery Medalist and the author of many acclaimed books for young people. She's well known for her popular characters for early readers, including Mr. Putter & Tabby and Henry and Mudge. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her website at
Published August 1, 2002 by Harcourt Children's Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The ticky-tacky doll was much a part of her as eyes or ears or a nose, and the little girl did not know how else to be.” When the girl fails to thrive at school, too distracted by her loss and longing, the adults in her life are baffled.

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And it was tacky because pieces of cloth hung from it like soft bits of hair"), through the rhythms of their day, their trips to town, a shared meal ("At the supper table the doll fit snugly on the little girl's lap, and its eyes could see what was for dinner").

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