Ship of Dolls

Genre: Middle Grade

Ship of Dolls

Performed by:
Kate Reinders

It's 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 Fransisco's speakeasies. But Mama's new husband doesn't think a little girl should live with parents who work all night and sleep all day.Meanwhile, Lexie's 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 acccompany the doll will be sent to the farewell ceremony in San Fransisco, she knows she just has to be the winner. But what if a jealous classmate and Lexie's own small lies to her grandmother manage to derail her plans?Inspired by a project organized by teacher-missionary Sidney Gulick, in which US children sent more than 12,000 Friendship Dolls to Japan in hopes of avoiding a future war, Shirley Parenteau's engaging story has sure appeal for young listeners who enjoy historical fiction, and for doll lovers of all ages.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 5 hours
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Author
Shirley Parenteau

Biography:
Shirley Parenteau is the author of many books for young people, including the picture books Bears on Chairs, Bears in Beds, and Bears in the Bath. About this book, she says, “My granddaughter’s participation in Hinamatsuri in Japan led me to research the Girls’ Day festival online. One link took me to the Friendship Dolls Project, a story I immediately wanted to share through the eyes of a girl taking part.” Shirley Parenteau lives with her husband in Elk Grove, California.
Narrator
Kate Reinders

Biography:
Kate Reinders is a musical theater actress, who has performed as lead in several Broadway shows. Reinders played the role of Glinda in the 2005 Chicago production of Wicked; for this role, she received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Actress in a Principal Role.

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