of Friendship, by Dr. Sidney L. Gulick,
relates the exciting story of the exchange of Friendship Dolls between Japan
and the United States in 1927. This 145-page book tells several touching
stories connected with sending and receiving the dolls. In addition, the
book contains many historical photos.
The first edition was published in 1929
by the Friendship Press (New York City) for the Committee on World Friendship Among
Children. The second edition was published by the Friendship Ambassadors
Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) in 1997.
This Friendship Dolls web site
contains several excerpts from the book Dolls of Friendship. Dr.
Gulick's grandson, Sidney L. Gulick, 3d, has been so kind to provide
permission for use of these excerpts.
A 1929 advertisement for the
book described the book in the following words:
A fascinating tale of an adventure of 13,000
American Doll Messengers of Friendship, who made a long trip to
Japan in 1927 and were joyously welcomed by millions of Japanese
children. The following year, growing out of the friendship thus
established between the children of these two nations, 58 superb
Japanese Doll Ambassadors of Goodwill were sent to the United
States by Japanese children, and were welcomed in over 1,000
This charmingly written story tells about the
experiences of these Doll Ambassadors during their tours in
American and Japan, the part played in their reception by millions
of children, the delightful letters which passed between the
children themselves, the enthusiastic cooperation of everyone, the
impressive effect of such signs of goodwill on the cities and
villages, on citizens, officials and diplomats--all these have
been set down. Here is a simple but revealing narrative that will
stir keen interest and stimulate high hopes in parents, educators
and leaders of children everywhere, in the great task of building
up goodwill between the nations.
80-page Japanese book, Doll Exchanges Beginning With the Blue-eyed Dolls,
narrates the story of the 1927 doll exchange between Japanese and American
children. This book, published in 1991 by the Yokohama
Doll Museum, has numerous historical
photos, and it chronicles the history of other doll exchanges and the
resurgence of interest in the American Blue-eyed Dolls and Japanese
A 16-page section provides details on how
the American and Japanese dolls were made. Appendices provide the current
locations of Blue-eyed Dolls in Japan, current locations of the Japanese
Friendship Dolls in the US, and a detailed chronology of "Blue-eyed
Dolls" and subsequent "doll envoys."
book, entitled Ningyoutachi no Kakehashi, literally means Bridge
of Dolls. This 320-page paperback book illustrates in many ways
how the American and Japanese Friendship Dolls have served as a
"bridge" between Japan and the US in order to establish
better relationships between both children and adults. The book was
published in 1998 by Shogakukan Bunko.
author, Eiko Takeda, has written several children's books. She is the
most famous writer about the American Blue-eyed Dolls and the Japanese
Friendship Dolls, and she has written several books on the subject,
both for children and for adults.