Selina and her Doll by Anonymous
'I should like to have a large
wax doll of my own,' said
Selina; 'large enough for me to
make clothes for, with buttons and
strings, to fasten and unfasten: I
should play with it all day, and
undress it at night, and put it in a
cradle. It should have eyes to open
and shut, and I should shut them
at night, and then it would seem to
be asleep. How nice it would be!'
Selina was sitting in the garden
talking to herself, and did not think
that any one heard her; but her
mother had come into the garden
and heard what her little girl was
'You have two or three dolls,
Selina,' said she.
'Yes, mother, but they are small
ones, and I want a very large one.
And my dolls have brown hair and
black eyes, and I want a doll with
blue eyes and light hair, and one
that can open and shut its eyes, like
And Selina looked up at her mother.
'Mother, will you buy one for me?'
'I am afraid that I cannot buy
one for you. I have not so much
money as your Aunt Sarah has to
spend upon dolls and playthings.'
Selina was silent for a moment,
then she said,—
'Yes, I know that. Mother, I
do not care about the large doll.
I will make some new clothes for
my small ones, and try to think
that they are large.'
'That is a good child,' said her
mother; 'and perhaps some day I
shall be able to get a larger one
So Selina tried to think no more
of her Cousin Bella's large doll,
and her mother gave her a piece
of muslin to make a frock for one
of her own dolls, and some blue
ribbon for a sash.
Selina sewed away merrily, and
she and her mother talked over a
letter that had come from her
father, who was in France, and
who said he hoped to be home
again in a day or two.
'And tell Selina that I have got
a box for her, with a present inside.'
'I wonder what it is?' said Selina.
She had not long to wait, for
two days after they had had the
letter, her father came. They
were very glad to see him, and
he was very glad to see them.
And for a little time Selina forgot
all he had said about a present.
But her father said,—-
'Well, Selina, you have not asked
about your present.'
'Oh dear no! I had quite forgotten,'
said Selina. 'What is it?'
'That you must find out,' said
So Selina had the box opened.
'Oh, mother, mother! look,
look! It is the most beautiful
doll I have ever seen—more beautiful
than Cousin Bella's, and it has
light hair and blue eyes, and is
as large as a baby.'
'I bought it in Paris,' said her
father. 'They make very
wonderful dolls there—dolls that can
speak; and this doll that I have
bought for my little Selina can say
"Mamma" and "Papa."'
How pleased was Selina with
her doll! Her father showed her
how to press the doll to make
it speak, and all Selina's little
friends came to see the wonderful
French doll that could say
'Mamma' and 'Papa.'