Lilla's Doll Show by Anonymous
Lilla had more dolls than she
knew what to do with.
Some were sitting in chairs, some
lying in cradles, and one was seated
in a perambulator.
'I have more dolls than any
other little girl has,' said she, as
she held three in her arms. 'I
have been counting them, and I
have fifteen large dolls, and ten
small ones, and twelve very small
ones, and then there are the little
china dolls in the bath and in the
china cradles. To think of one
little girl having so many dolls,
mother! Sometimes I think I have
too many. And there is no one
but myself to play with them. I
wish I knew what to do with them all.
Mrs. Lee stroked Lilla's curly hair.
'Well, said Mrs. Lee, 'there are
some very good little girls at the
school in the village, and I am sure
it would be a great treat to them to
see all your dolls. And I want to
give them a treat, so I will ask
them to come here, and you shall
arrange all your dolls and playthings
in the nursery for them to
look at. Don't you think that will
be a very good plan?'
Lilla clapped her hands.
'Oh, how very nice that would be!'
And she and her mother dressed
the dolls in their best clothes, and
placed them all round the nursery.
'How pretty they look!' said
Lilla; 'I think the little girls will
like them. And may I give them
some dolls to take home?'
'You may do as you please,' said
Mrs. Lee, 'for they are your own
So the little girls came—six of
them; and they all said, 'Oh!'
'What a lot of dolls!' said one
little girl; 'more dolls than there
are at the shop.'
After the show Mrs. Lee gave
the children some tea and
plumcake; and then Lilla handed each
of them a doll.
How pleased were the six little
girls when they found they were
each to have a doll! And all of
them said that Miss Lilla's doll
show was the best treat they had