Momma, Buy Me a China Doll, adapted to storybook form by renowned educator John Feierabend and exquisitely illustrated by Alyssa Norton, is filled with lyrics from the children’s songtale. Taken from the rich and deep American folk music heritage, this endearing song tells the story of Liza Lou, a poor mountain girl from the Ozarks, who dreams of owning a china doll after seeing one in a peddler's cart. Such a luxury, however, is far beyond her family’s means. One of the endearing charms of this song is how clever little Liza is able to solve countless problems that could lead to raising the needed money to buy a china doll...but alas, to no avail.
Like the other picture books in John M. Feierabend's First Steps in Music series, Momma, Buy Me a China Doll includes a description of the history of the song, the notation of the song, and a link to download the song in audio form at no cost.