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Covering the Newbery (#9): Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

In the grand tradition of “oh, why not” I am attempting to recover every Newbery-winning book from 1922 to the present. Today, we begin the 1930s…

1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: I’m not sure about the kid appeal level of my redo. Too retro?

Read Previous Covering the Newbery Posts:

1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow

1928: Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James

1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman

1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles J. Finger

1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes

1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

(Source Image: “My Pearl Necklace “http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricecracker/418769156/in/photostream/”)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Alas, this one isn’t working for me. Too pink. Too something. And what’s that u-shaped thing in the middle of her forehead?


    • I think that’s the nose. Yeah this one certainly picks a color and goes for it. Such is the tricky nature of finding source images on FlickrCC. The image I uncover makes or breaks the whole operation.

  2. Travis at first glance I was so sure that the white part was a diaper! The cheeks the legholes, the eyes fasteners of some kind? Maybe I just see diapers everywhere I look.

    But Hitty – oh, I must have read that book fifty times when I was a kid. It had been my mom’s. My cover was plain buff, but that just made it look older to me.


  3. lol, oh yeah, now that you mention it – it makes sense – one that goes all the way up to her hairline. It also has a peptol-bismol Coraline vibe.

  4. Maybe her second hundred years will find her a decent cover! Hitty is nothing if not patient.

    Overall, however, I do like your cover – – er – – ups? Overs? Re-dos?


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