MISS HAPPINESS AND MISS FLOWER by Rumer Godden
IndieBound Description: England is the last place Nona Fells wants to be. No one asked her if she wanted to leave sunny India to live in a chilly English village with her aunt's family -- and her cousin, Belinda, just hates her But when two dainty Japanese dolls arrive at Nona's doorstep, everything begins to change. Like Nona, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower are lonely and homesick, so Nona decides to build them their own traditional Japanese house. Over time, not only does Nona create a home for the dolls, but one for herself as well.
My Thoughts:I adored this book when I was younger. The one I own, dated 1962 is not the one I read as a child but is the same version. I actually paid an embarrassing amount of money to own the same edition because the one I read had actual plans for the dollhouse in the back (I think the new editions do not). Those plans convinced me this story was absolutely true and I always dreamed of building my own Japanese dollhouse. I haven't yet, but one day!