The Paper Dolls

It’s wonderful when a book captures both my daughters and my imagination.  The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb was picked out by us on a trip to London one day – and yes we did judge a book by its cover.  But when we got home the story we discovered inside was magical.

It tells the story of a little girl whose mother helps her makes some paper dolls. What follows is the tale of all the adventures the little girl has with the dolls until one fateful encounter with a little boy and his scissors.

The story has a simple but effective message of the circle of life and as the story concludes, we discover how little traditions from our own childhood can be passed on to our own children in a beautiful ending which is so heartwarming that I know this book will be a favourite.

I was so happy to hear from the team behind the book to let me know so I could let you all know that this summer there is a campaign to celebrate the launch of the book.  There is going to be an attempt to create the longest ever paper doll chain. The aim is for it to end up being a whopping 3 KM long - this is 60 lengths of an Olympic size swimming pool, 270 London buses and 11,500 A4 sheets of dolls!

If you’re interested in getting involved and becoming a WORLD RECORD BREAKER simply by colouring in some dolls with your children as a summer holiday activity, then click on the link for more information  

The dolls don’t have to be back until the 28th of August so there is still a bit of time  to create your own displays with the dolls – why not see how long you can make your chain of dolls? You can even send in photos or tweet any pictures using #paperdolls!  Each entry should have the child’s name on the back for a chance to be entered into a draw to win a piece of Rebecca Cobb original artwork and a chance for their family to come to the record attempt event!

 There is just one piece of small print to remember when attaching the paper dolls together – the dolls must be connected by both hands and feet for the world record attempt to stand.

Visit for more information, videos, to view our progress on the doll-o-meter, and to see a gallery of some of the dolls we’ve already been sent!