Children’s author tackles dealing with family loss

BAR HARBOR — Author Karen Richards Toothaker will present a special story time for children and adults Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library. Toothaker, the author of “The Rag Doll Gift,” will read from her book and teach attendees how to make their own no-sew rag doll.

“The Rag Doll Gift” is based on a tradition of Toothaker’s family. It tells the story of six-year-old Kimberly who, like all the children in her family, she is looking forward to getting a rag doll from her grandmother for her birthday. Days before her birthday, her grandmother dies.

“This gentle story is about loss, but more than that it is about the strength of family, the comfort of traditions and the boundlessness of love,” Toothaker said.

After Toothaker reads her story, she will teach participants how to make their own rag doll to bring home.

Toothaker is an early childhood educator, community organizer, Life Is Good playmaker, and children’s book author. She has taught in preschools for more than 40 years and has first-hand experience with the effectiveness of picture books to stimulate the mind, open conversation, offer emotional support and provide us all with the fundamentals of understanding ourselves and others.

This event is suitable for both children and adults and registration is requested. Copies of the book will be on sale. For more information about Toothaker or the book, visit For information about

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