Jean Greenhowe's Topsy-Turnabout Doll (12 pages)
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Jean has designed a number of novelty dolls in her career but Topsy-Turnabout is probably the most elaborate because believe it or not, she turns into Four different nursery tale characters! Topsy measures 28cm (11in) from the hem of the ‘under’ skirt to the top of the head.
The reversible aspect is shown in the photographs. The dolls’ faces have different expressions and each has a cap or bonnet which hides the reversed face. Topsy also has many removeable accessories which add to the enjoyment and story-telling. They can all be popped on and off by means of tied bows or snap fasteners.
The first reversible ‘back to front’ pair
features Red Riding Hood's Grandma and Old
Mother Hubbard. Both have old-fashioned mob-caps.
Grandma's bottle of tonic certainly seems to have brought the roses back to her cheeks. She has the sweetest little kitten to keep her company and a get-well card from Red Riding Hood. And yes, the get-well message is included in the instructions.
Old Mother Hubbard is obviously disappointed to find that the cupboard is bare and there are no bones for her doggy. However, Jean saves the day by making a knitted shopping list for Mother Hubbard's pocket.
Reversing the skirts reveals Little Miss Muffet and Red Riding Hood.
Miss Muffet has lovely golden ringlets which are in fact part of her bonnet. Of course the spider is a whopper - is it any wonder that she spills her curds and whey? Or could it be because he is wearing a top hat?
Red Riding Hood has a basket of knitted treats which she is taking to her Grandma - a delicious miniature cake, an apple, orange and also a bunch of flowers.
Altogether this is a fabulously entertaining doll.
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