The paper dolls ISBN: 9781447220145
Published by Macmillan Children's Books, 2016
Most of the books in this section are about death, but this one is more about loss and how one deals with it as one grows up. The little girl in the story, along with her mum, makes a set of five connecting paper dolls, and the little girl loves them so much that she does all sorts of wonderful play-acting with them. Whether they are being attacked by a dinosaur, or a tiger or a crocodile, or just lying on a rooftop staring at the stars, they are always laughing and dancing and singing, and what they sing is: 'We're Ticky and Tacky and Jackie the Backie and Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow!' Sadly, though, along comes a boy with scissors, and he snips them until they are 'gone forever'. But the paper dolls continue to sing their song in the little girls mind, and she continues to give them joyous adventures,until she grows up and has a daughter of her own. Together, they make a string of paper dolls with different names and a different song 'and they jumped, and they danced, and they sang'. The theme of the story is that the dolls are so connected that even the cutting them apart can't stop their love of each other, so perhaps this wonderful joyous, merry story could tell us something about the separation that comes with death as well.