Lucy and Glory are orphans living in a workhouse in London. Lucy remembers having a family, and a home, but Glory was only a baby when the fever took their parents.
In order to survive deplorable conditions, Lucy whispers stories in Glory’s ear after lights out – stories of their mother, their father, their home and garden, and a very special doll. A doll Glory will recognize as soon as she sees her – and will be able to keep for ever and ever.
When the fever threatens the workhouse and Glory is sent to the sick room, Lucy hatches a desperate plan to escape the workhouse with her sister. The girls end up on the streets of London, wondering how they will survive the cold winter.
An unexpected friend, an unexpected talent, and an unexpected job saves the girls from the streets, but will it last past Christmas?
The Christmas Doll by Elvira Woodruff warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes. And it very clearly teaches the true meaning of Christmas – it is better to give than to receive.
Recommended for ages 6 (as a read-aloud) and up.