Review – “The Paper Dolls” by Julia Donaldson

The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson is one of those books which even after months of introduction and numerous readings hasn’t lost its charm. For once, we have found a gem in T’s collection of books which I am sure she will cherish even when she grows older. It not only is fun for a child to see at the pictures and read, it also gives something to think about for the adults. Hope you understand what I mean when you get your copy.

The little girl helped by her mother makes some paper dolls to play with. She makes them dance, and sing and roam, but when they are snipped, she is sad. How does she get over the loss?


  • The illustrations are absolutely apt. So much like a child’s drawing, scribbling and scrawling.
  • The rhyming poem of the names of the paper dolls (T has already learned it, she sings along when we read)
  • Pretend play idea (saving parents from scrambling to look to keep their child busy, LOL)
  • Toddler-appropriate story yet introducing them to the concept of going away/death so subtly. 
  • Positive mother-daughter image.

WHAT WE DISLIKED absolutely nothing. It is one of those books which is just perfect!

I cannot recommend this enough! Published by Macmillan Children’s Books (Pan Macmillan) Recommended age 2-2.5+ years.


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