I love Edward Ardizzone and associate him with books read in my own childhood, and I also love books about dolls, to share with my daughter, so this book ticked lots of boxes even before I opened it. It is the ideal bedtime story for little girls, a whole adventure in a short tale with a delightful picture on every page. It dates back to the world before superstore and online grocery shopping. The shopping parade (now there's an old-fashioned phrase!) to which the little girl goes with her mother every day (who grocery shops every day these days?!) reminds me of the one I went to when I was a child in the 60s and 70s, of which I have fond memories. This is also an empowering story for little girls, because although the girl in the story is small and dependent, the doll is even tinier, and the girl comes to her rescue. Love the idea of the girl sewing clothes for the doll herself - I wish more little girls (and boys) would take an interest in that sort of thing these days! Perfect.