Ship of Dolls
author: Shirley Parenteau
The Friendship Dolls
Itís 1926, and the one thing eleven-year-old Lexie Lewis wants more than anything is to leave Portland, Oregon, where she has been staying with her strict grandparents, and rejoin her mother, a carefree singer in San Franciscoís speakeasies. But Mamaís new husband doesnít think a little girl should live with parents who work all night and sleep all day. Meanwhile, Lexieís class has been raising money to ship a doll to the children of Japan in a friendship exchange, and when Lexie learns that the girl who writes the best letter to accompany the doll will be sent to the farewell ceremony in San Francisco, she knows she just has to be the winner. But what if a jealous classmate and Lexieís own small lies to her grandmother manage to derail her plans? Inspired by a project organized by teacher-missionary Sidney Gulick, in which U.S. children sent more than 12,000 Friendship Dolls to Japan in hopes of avoiding a future war, Shirley Parenteauís engaging story has sure appeal for young readers who enjoy historical fiction, and for doll lovers of all ages.
Can a ship carrying Friendship Dolls to Japan be Lexieís ticket to see her fun-loving mother again? A heartwarming historical novel inspired by a little-known true event.