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Racketty-Packetty House

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Book Overview: 

When Tidy Castle arrives, brand-new and grand in every way, the Racketty-Packetty House has never looked shabbier, and it is shoved in the corner of Cynthia's nursery. But the Racketty family still dances, sings, and laughs louder than all the fancy dolls combined. When a real-life princess visits the nursery, the Rackettys learn that the humans are planning to destroy their house. Only a miracle -- or some very unusual magic -- can save them now!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .manskeg could have married any minute if they had liked. There were two cock sparrows and a gentleman mouse, who proposed to them over and over again. They all three said they did not want fashionable wives but cheerful dispositions and a happy, home. But Meg and Peg were like Ridiklis and could not bear to leave their families—besides not wanting to live in nests, and hatch eggs—and Kilmanskeg said she would die of a broken heart if she could not be with Ridiklis, and Ridiklis did not like cheese and crumbs and mousy things, so they could never live together in a mouse hole. But neither the gentleman mouse nor the sparrows were offended because the news was broken to them so sweetly and they went on visiting just as before. Everything was as shabby and disrespectable and as gay and happy as it could be until Tidy Castle was brought into the nursery and then the whole family had rather a fright.

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Community Reviews

I suppose I'm rounding up -- in a way. I was delighted to find this book, and enjoyed it as much as I did, largely because of its connection to one of my favorite children's books, A Little Princess. In that book, born storyteller Sara Crewe tells another child about her fancy that dolls, when we ar

MAGNIFICENT! This book is a dose of happiness for the world, and I cannot believe how it has been forgotten by time. In the same way that "Wind in the Willows" shows us we should accept our friends and their flaws, this book shows that everything works to the good once we realize that nothing good c

Sweet story about being happy with what you are and what you have. Great book to talk about joy and who is important and why with younger kids!

Nobody can highlight goodness without being preachy like Frances Hodgson Burnett. This was the most delightful story about two doll houses and their occupants. The sepia toned illustrations by Halperin just added magic to the charm. You have never met dolls with such cheer, optimism, sympathy and ge

Lovely book..

Jolly good little read about dolls, dollhouses, fairies and a little touch of magic. A nice bedtime story for children.

Beautiful book that encourages the love of dolls. Sweet story!

A fine book about fine people, er dolls. The fun kind that all the fairies want to hang out with. And also some snooty ones wearing labelled clothing (branding themselves voluntarily, the sillies) who are not fun. Quite uptight social wannabes.

i think Rackety-Packety House may have been the site of

A humorous tale that I would have loved as a child. This brings meaning to the old saying, 'One person's trash is another person's treasure.'

... The house itself is a perfect sight,
And everybody's dressed like a perfect fright,
But no one cares a single jot
And each one giggles over his lot ...

I can't

When I was little, I used to imagine that my dolls came to life while I slept or when I left the room. In fact, sometimes they seemed to be in different places than where I left them. My dolls, like the Racketty-Packetty dolls, were fun and sweet. This is a refreshing short story by the author of Li

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