Vermont Folklife Center

Awards Received by Daisy and the Doll

National Council of Social Studies Notable Trade Book
Aesop Accolade (American Folklore Society)
Yankee Magazine Top 100 New England Children's Book

Critical Acclaim for Daisy and the Doll

"Daisy's brave story offers painful truths about the role of skin color as it relates to self-esteem and how the standard for beauty is often defined by the dominant culture . . . [her story] will give children a deeper sense of what real beauty means."


". . . an authentic, child-centered look at the black experience around the turn of the 20th century."

School Library Journal

"Johnson's spare representational paintings capture the narrative’s emotion-charged tenor."

Publishers Weekly

Critical Acclaim for the Vermont Folklife Center Children’s Book Series

“The series, a model for building a national culture from stories rather than bricks, offers something for everyone.”

– Daria Donnelley, Commonweal

“The series proudly promotes the richly diverse heritage that makes our country unique and strong. Americans of all ages will enjoy these keenly insightful and beautifully illustrated treasures.”

– Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States

“The series as a whole preserves the memories of a bygone way of life.”

Publishers Weekly