The Hand-Me-Down Doll
by Steven Kroll
Illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Age level 5-8
A beautiful doll with long, dark curls and a velvet coat has been passed from owner to owner: a spoiled little girl, a farmer and his wife, a woman who works the ring-toss booth at a county fair, a chauffeur, a waiter, and a dirty-faced boy. Keep me and love me and give me a name, begs the doll. Finally, her luck changes when she meets a little girl who appreciates her and takes her home. Originally published in 1983, the slightly shortened text is beautifully interpreted in Dan Andreasen's nostalgic oil-painted illustrations.
This book has good reviews and a lesson about kindness.
Doll School: Design a Day of Learning and Play (American Girl Truly Me)
by Emily Osborne
From the summary:
This kit gets an A+ for fun! Great crafts and super supplies let you and your doll create a spectacular school day together, and colorful craft scenes put your doll in every school setting -- they include a playground, cafeteria, art room, science fair, music room, library, gym, locker room, classroom, and school photo day. The kit contains a 32-page book, 6 sheets of punch-out card stock for a crayon box, school supplies, a sketch book cover, composition notebooks, a color wheel, library cards, a locker mirror, a periodic table, folders, a milk carton, mouse pads, and library book covers. Plus, 3 sheets of paper for a world map, a doll-sized piano, and a finish line banner; 2 sheets of stickers for computer screens, keyboards, locker magnets, stars, and field-day shirt stickers; 1 large sheet of paper for a doll-sized locker and shelf; 3 sheets of fun paper for friends -- photos, photo tip sheet, sheet music, math flash cards, library poster, lunch menu, school picture day poster, library due-date cards, and math certificates
Sounds like fun!
And perfect to get in the mood for school!.