The Paper Doll’s House of Miss Sarah Elizabeth Birdsall Otis, aged Twelve

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What would kids have done before the days of electronics? Some girls made paper dollhouses. In 1884, Sarah Elizabeth Birdsall Otis, nicknamed Birdie, made her own paper dollhouse when she was twelve years old. Birdie began making her paper dollhouse by building walls, ceilings, and floors made of paper for each room. Even then, with no real objects in the rooms, the paper rooms were beautiful. The furniture was added after that by using magazine pictures. Sometimes she used real wallpaper for the walls and floors. Curtains were made from plain, pleated paper. Last of all were the dolls. At the time, Birdie lived in a Bellport, Long Island, house named Near-the-Bay. Later, Birdie, as an adult, re-decorated the real house and renamed it Nearthebay or Netherby, using some of her ideas from her paper dollhouse! Read the book to find out about Birdie’s amazing adult life!

I would recommend this book to kids who like history, architecture, interior decorating, fashion, and dolls. I loved this book because of the story and the paper dolls in the back of the book. This book would be better, though, if there had been more rooms shown.

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Author Eric Boman
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 80 pages
Publisher Thames & Hudson
Publish Date 14-Oct-2014
ISBN 9780500650417
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Issue January 2015
Category Children's


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