I purchased this group of wooden dolls with pipe cleaner arms from a man in the UK. He enclosed a note explaining that the dolls had been in a now demolished school building. The present janitor, with 40 years service, said they were they when he started to work, and they are believed to have come to the school in the 1950s. Further research may reveal more about this kind of doll as a teaching school in UK schools
A surfer kindly added this to my guest book, thus identifying the dolls
May 24, 2002
Name Mrs Jannie Lawn-Zijlstra
Message<[> On one of the links (unidentified dolls) there is a whole group of 35 wooden peg dolls, including a policeman,women with red dress, etc. I can't see them in sufficient detail, but I think that they are the dolls that go with a series of English children's reading books. The doll are all characters of 'The Village with Three Corners'. They include Mr and Mr Red-hat, Roger Red-hat, the Blue-hat and Yellow-hat families (including twins Johnny and Jennifer Yellow-hat + their grandparents), etc. I am a costume and dolls enthusiast and have c. 100 ethnic dolls in my collection, and many books on ethnic costumes.
Christmas in the village with three corners / Author(s): McCullagh, Sheila K. 1920- (Sheila Kathleen),; Eccles. Publication: [London] : Hart-Davis Educational, Year: 1974 Description: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm. Language: English Series: One two three and away : Platform readers level three, yellow book ;; 4; Standard No: Series ISSN: 0247125520
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The village with three corners /
Sheila K McCullagh; Eccles.
1974, ©1964 English Book : Fiction : Juvenile audience 15 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm. [London : Hart-Davis Educational], ISBN: 024763946X
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One, Two, Three and Away! : The Village with Three Corners Sheila K. McCullagh, Ferelith Eccles Williams (Illustrator)
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These books are one of the most enduring memories of my life, 10 May, 2001 Reviewer: Kevin Rayment (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Nr. Chelmsford, England My teacher read these books to me at my primary school and I have only just managed to find out the name of the series after a search of over 10 years, although it is only recently that I have applied serious amounts of effort. I was starting to wonder if I had dreampt them and wondered if I should write them if they didn't exist.
They made such an impact on me that I wanted to hunt them down so that I could read them to my children (My 4 year old son loved the stepping stone book). I especially remembered that one, although in my memory, the magic stone had become red. The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end when I finally found these.
I think that they are written in a very clever way with both a deep mysterious thread and a very simple thread to them that grabs the young reader who may be able to dip into one or both of these.
The map of the village also allows the reader to follow the action on the back of another book in the series which adds to the feeling of involvement in the story.
I want to collect the entire series but find it difficult to work out how the books fit together as they have numbers, numbers with suffixes, main books, platform books, different colour codes, sets of books that seem to overlap and so on. I have never found them in a high street bookstore and so can't look at them to work this out.
I would like to meet Sheila McCullagh and discover her thought processes in developing this series as I feel that it has greatly influenced my life. I also wonder how many other people have such strong feelings about these books.
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Excellent book series for emergent readers, 17 February, 2001 Reviewer: A reader from The Netherlands My son read the entire series as assignments for his 1st grade class. The series begins with very simple stories about the people who live in the Village with Three Corners. The books become complex over time culminating in stories about magicians and sorcerers. My son learned to read with these stories. He also learned to love reading. The system for learning to read was magical. I want to buy the entire set for my second son who is having difficulty learning to read. I believe that the rich context of the series and the developing complexity engages early readers in a unique way.