Saturday, April 25, 2009

Take the Children

In this cute book by Dorothy King from 1951, six children, each from a different country, are aboard a cruise ship, have lost their name tags and need to find their way home.
The illustrations are actually not all that good, but I'm won over by the manner in which the story attempts to teach children geography.

There are (were) six paper dolls, one for each child, and as the ship sets sail and approaches one country and then another, the reader has to decide which paper doll to "drop-off" at each port.

At this point, there are only four paper dolls remaining, two without heads, but I'll try to show you a what I'm talking about.

Here we see the children (paper dolls) excitedly crowded up front on the S.S. Homeland.

And here is our little girl from France finally getting home. There's a little slot in which you're supposed to slip the doll, but I taped the paper doll to the left, so that the name of the country and its geographic attributes would be visible.

And the Italian boy makes it home as well:


Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you on not throwing this book away!!! I have it too. One of the best things in it is my mother's handwriting that tells from whom I received the book in 1953! It must have been very expensive. Someone along the way has taken the title literally as one of the children is missing. I have it out and visiting children enjoy it today.

Katieinnebraska said...

I have been looking for this book, as I remember having one as a child. So happy to see it again!