Arlene M. Coleman has collected many dolls since she was a bedridden child of eight, but one in particular stands out. A delicate seven-inch china doll with a cloth body and red taffeta dress, this treasured toy was only brought out at Thanksgiving—to be proudly displayed until the new year. Curious about her “December playmate,” Coleman began to research the origins of the doll, especially after discovering she was made in nearby Flemington, New Jersey. Thus begins a fascinating exploration of the life and times of doll maker Ruth Gibbs and her exquisite line of Godey’s Little Lady Dolls. Join Coleman as she pieces together Gibbs’s life, with anecdotes about how the doll maker came to settle in Flemington. The manufacturing of the Little Lady Dolls is described in precise detail, supported by photos showing the differences between Gibbs’s early and later work. Collectors will learn how to identify the authentic characteristics of a true Gibbs doll. A vital resource for the serious collector, Ruth Gibbs’s Godey’s Little Lady Dolls details the history of an influential doll maker and the china dolls that continue to enchant collectors.