Kitty's New Doll [ePub]

by Dorothy Kunhardt

Some cat lovers wear clothes depicting cats, others collect cat figurines, I have combined both my love of books and cats: I collect cat books, even children’s books, which is why I have Dorothy Kunhardt’s Kitty’s New Doll. In a town of human-like cats (they walk on their hind legs), a mother takes her daughter to the toy store to buy a doll. The basic message of the story is to appreciate simplicity and imagination in life, which is certainly a good thing.

What I don’t like is that it reinforces that motherhood is something a girl grows up to do. It doesn’t teach that girls/women have choices about whether or not they want to be a mother and that choosing not to doesn’t make them any less of a woman. For that reason, I would not buy this for either of my nieces.

On the plus side, Hiroe Nakata’s watercolor illustrations are beautifully whimsical and colorful.

13.10.2011

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