Cornhusk, Silk, and Wishbones: A Book of Dolls from Around the World
Michelle Markel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), $15 (48pp) ISBN 978-0-618-05487-9
Dolls whether made with hollow heads to sneak goods across enemy lines during the Civil War or honored by faithful Balinese to please the goddess Dewi Sri--serve as cultural and historical ambassadors in Cornhusk, Silk, and Wishbones: A Book of Dolls from Around the World by Michelle Markel. Illustrated with photos, the A-Z entries run from Akuaba dolls (carried by Ashanti women who need help conceiving) to a Zulu doll (handed by a girl to the boy she hopes to marry). The concept is sound; the design, with its small typeface and staid color accents, looks institutional.
Reviewed on: 09/04/2000