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Monday, June 1, 2009

Blue Monday - Literary Doll in Blue


Blue Monday is sponsored by our gracious Sally at Smiling Sally.

My post for last week’s Three or More Tuesday was on "Literary Character Dolls" and showed my dolls and related books and other items.

For today's post I’d like to share one other famous literary character doll, Alice in Wonderland.
This particular Alice in Wonderland doll is by Effanbee from their series of storybook dolls.
She is 11 inches tall and wears a white apron with eyelet border matching the collar and cuffs of her bright blue dress. A pale blue ribbon holds back her blonde hair.
At a thrift shop I found a vintage book, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll with the original illustrations by John Tenniel. Companion Library series published by Grosset & Dunlap. It cost ten cents.

Among my books on tea and tea entertaining is the book, Taking Tea With Alice by, which presents whimsical tea parties.
In this photo I have Alice sitting in a Queen Anne doll chair with a mini tea set from England nearby. The teapot and cup and saucer are by Crown Staffordshire and have cobalt blue and gilt decorations on a cream background.
What I enjoyed in reading Alice in Wonderland is her character and personality, as revealed in her curiosity, constant matter-fact viewpoint and insistence on people making sense when they uttered a statement. The doll’s face shows a curious and determined young lady indeed:
"And what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?" Well the John Tenniel illustrations are whimsical and Lewis Carroll’s text is fullof charm.

Artist Robert Sabada made a pop-up book of the Alice in Wonderland story, and I bought a copy on Ebay:

I am happy you visited today, and would enjoy reading your comment. Enjoy more Blue Monday posts at Sally’s blog, Smiling Sally.

14 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Carrie, what a lovely Alice doll! And that pop-up book is delightful. I bet Cecelia would love one like that! And that cute little doll teaset is just precious. Thanks for sharing your pretties with us today.

Happy Blue Monday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Carrie, my daughter had this Alice doll (and now I have it, because she hasn't taken her doll collection). I think she is so pretty. Love your books. That pop up books is fabulous-so hard to find those in good condition. That little tea set is so pretty. I love to see miniatures. laurie

Mary said...

How sweet. What a wonderful, charming doll. Everything is so pretty. Have a wonderful day.

grey like snuffie said...

I LOVE that pop up book...how fun!

Snoopygie said...

what a pretty doll.

Joyce said...

Beautiful doll and the pop up book is so much fun. Have a good week.
Joyce

Carrie said...

You have a very beautiful doll. The books are great as well. What wonderful treasures.

Knitty said...

I've seen that lovely doll before in person, but never the pop up book. That is delightful!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

a beautiful doll! They just don't make them like that anymore! Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

ellen b said...

Good morning Carrie and happy June to you. I think Alice is great and I bet that taking tea with Alice book is fun.

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Very interesting and entertaining post for Blue Monday☺

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Carrie, your doll is lovely. Happy Blue Monday.

Barb

Ashley ~ said...

Hey Carrie ~ I loved seeing your beautiful book and doll. Thanks for reminding me of a fun place in my childhood. _Ashley ~

Itajeff - Something To Share said...

What a beautiful doll...love it and the book as well.

Have a nice day

Lots of luv,
Ita