But I did want to share a great book that arrived in my mailbox after the storm (and that a kindly neighbor with chains and 4WD brought to the end of my own road for me!) It is a children's book by Holly Hobbie called "Fanny" (published in 2008 by Little, Brown and Co.)
I love any Holly Hobbie water color and ink artwork (I'm especially partial to the Toot and Puddle books), and this book combines that art with a story that will warm the cockles of anyone's heart who remembers wanting a doll (or any toy for that matter) based on peer pressure and advertising hoopla, while having a parent who refused to respond to the peer pressure and hoopla! For me this describes my desire for a Tiny Tears doll. I saw the ads on (early!) TV and HAD to have one. My mother said "no". Eventually she did get me another brand of baby doll that, theoretically, "drank" and "wet". I gave her her first drink and when the water started leaking out at the hip joints I was appalled! Although I loved her dearly (her name was Sweet Pea) I never again gave her another drink! A little later in my life Barbie dolls became the craze and my mother also refused to ever buy a Barbie doll. But this was fine with me because I loved my Madame Alexander Wendy dolls and didn't want a Barbie!
I envy Fanny's creative independence ..... not something that I myself managed at that age. But maybe nowadays I make up for it a little bit? R.