Miss Hickory (paperback)
Children will thoroughly enjoy the inventive details of Miss Hickory's life in the orchard and her adventures there. They will like her stout apple-wood heart and her brisk practicality, which seems to soften as winter lengthens into spring. Carolyn Sherwin Bailey's story of a country doll is told with humor and an appreciation of the countryside and the seasons. Miss Hickory is faced with the task of surviving a harsh New Hampshire winter all alone: how can she do this when her body is just an apple-wood twig, her head a hickory nut, and her house made out of corncobs? But she has ingenuity and the help of neighbors like Crow, Bull Frog, and Ground Hog to see her through. And near the end of those cold, dark months, something unexpected happens to Miss Hickory--something even more welcome than the coming of spring--adding a final touch of poetry to an unusual fantasy. For ages 8-10.