Book Review, "William's Doll"
Written by: Charlotte Zolotow
Reviewed By: Julia Ransohoff,
high school student writer
William's Doll tells the story of a young boy – named William –who longs for a doll to care for, but his father refuses while 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 teaching parents 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.
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Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
Last Reviewed: October 2013