Japanese Dolls as Heroes of Picture Books

Here are a few books in which a Japanese doll is the main character. In these books, the dolls have feelings and manners, and act out their own stories. 

In the first three, the only characters are dolls and the subject is their interactions; no humans appear. The subject matter of all three is the romance between a Japanese boy doll and a blond dolly.
 
 
A Jappie Chappie and How He Loved a Dollie
E. L. Shute (188-?)
A Cup of Tea: or, Pictures of Doll Life
Elizabeth S. Tucker (1892)
Jingle of a Jap
Clara Bell Thurston (1906)

In the next  two books, the heroine is a Japanese doll and the end of her adventures is to find a Japanese mate. In both cases the dolls interact somewhat with humans, though in Adventures the doll is almost human herself, while in O'Kissme San the doll world constitutes a separate world of miniature adults contained in the world of the child who owns them.
 
Adventures of a Japanese Doll
Henry Mayer (1901)
O'Kissme San, A Doll of Japan (alternative title: Teeny-Weeny Feet
Harvey Gaskell (1909)


The four books below are "gift books" or "toy books" printed on cardboard or linen with bright colored illustrations. More examples of such books are on the Poems page
 
Strange Adventures of Two Little Japs
(no author or date; ca. 1900?)
Dolly and Her Dolls
(no author or date; ca. 1900?)
Only a Jap Dollee
(verses by Helen Burnside; ca. 1900?)
From the Land of Sunshine
(verses by Clifton Bingham, 1898)


In the two stories below, a Japanese doll is part of a doll family or community which enacts various human dramas behind the backs of humans.
 
Mimi, Momo, and Miss Tabby Tibb
Katharine Sturges (1927)
Dotty Dolly's Tea Party
Marguerite L. and Willard C. Wheeler (1914)

In these books, the doll family is seen primarily through the imagination of the little girl:
 
Binkie and the Bell Dolls
Margaret Widdemer, illus. Hattie Longstreet Price (1923)
Josephine and her Dolls
  Mrs. H. C. Craddock, illus. Honor C. Appleton (1918--)