Book Review, "William's Doll"
Written by: Charlotte Zolotow
Review By: Julia Ransohoff,
high school student writer
William's Doll tells the story of a young boy – William – who longs for a doll to care for. However, his father refuses, and his brother and neighbor mock him. Trying to dissuade him, his father buys him a shiny new basketball and teaches him to play the sport. He then brings home an electric train and tracks.
William plays with his new toys, but he still wants a doll. Finally, he shares his wish with his grandmother who, against his father's will, buys him a doll. William happily plays with and cares for the doll he has always imagined while his grandmother tells his father that William is learning skills he will use as a father when he grows up.
This book is educational not just for children, but also for parents in learning to accept their children for who they are. I recommend parents read this book aloud to their children and discuss how William's father overcomes his initial reluctance and how William remains true to his beliefs.
In a subtle, succinct manner, William's Doll presents a child's struggle to pursue his interest in a way that can be interpreted by both children and adults.