Thursday, 21 May 2015

Giveaway - Milly Molly Mandy Doll

It's four weeks since my last dolly giveaway and at that time I promised I would make a little Milly Molly Mandy doll as another giveaway and here she is. To enter the giveaway please go to my Dollytime Facebook page.

This little doll is 15cm (6in) tall and wears a pink and white striped dress (Milly Molly Mandy always wore pink and white stripes). My aim was to make her as similar as possible to the little girl in the story books.

Milly Molly Mandy lives with her family in a 'nice white cottage with a thatched roof'.

Here is a map of the village where she lives. Her cottage can be found top left. She often takes her basket to visit the village shops in order to buy things for the family. The shops are on the right. Her village school is in the bottom right corner.
And here she is at her school sports. With her friend Billy Blunt she is winning the three legged race. Don't you just love the 1920s clothes worn by the onlookers.
And here is Milly Molly Mandy having her photograph taken (looking very serious and trying to keep very still).
There are several Milly Molly Mandy books written and beautifully illustrated by Joyce Lankester Brisley. In my view the modern day reprints with coloured pictures are nowhere near as charming as the originals with detailed black and white line drawings. The books date from the 1920s and the short stories have never lost their appeal. They aren't exciting by today's standards but each one is a reflection of village life in days when children could safely roam the countryside looking for blackberries, ride bikes along country lanes, camp in a farmer's field and cook potatoes on a bonfire.
I know many of you are familiar with the Milly Molly Mandy stories but if you aren't and would like to read the books they can usually be found online in second-hand bookstores. I think you'll enjoy them.
Each book contains one coloured picture at the front. This one is in the book entitled 'More of Milly Molly Mandy' and shows her making the bed in her new attic bedroom. The creation of the new bedroom is one of the stories in the book.
Don't forget to visit Facebook if you'd like to enter my Milly Molly Mandy doll giveaway.