The doll shop downstairs.

McDonough, Yona Zeldis

What if the only things you've ever known began to change? What if something precious was taken from you? What if you were invisible? Those are some questions nine-year-old Anna in The Doll Shop Doumstairs asks herself. The answer is clear to her: You try hard and make the best of things.

Anna, her older sister, 11-year-old Sophie, and her younger sister, seven-year-old Trudy, help their father and mother mend dolls in the family's New York City doll shop. The sisters play with three dolls that remain broken and treat them as if they were their own. Life is good, and then World War I starts. The war makes it difficult to get the china heads and legs and arms, because there is an embargo on German imports. The doll shop is about to go out of business, until Anna has a great idea. "Why don't we make dolls!?" she asks. So they do. The family sews nurse Nora dolls and they end up getting sold at a big toy store: FAO Schwartz!

Anna's family then becomes very happy. But...

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