Alethea Williams, author of Walls for the Wind
I still have my favorite childhood toy, an Ideal boy toddler doll I named Jimmy Baby. Jimmy Baby is a "magic skin" latex-bodied doll. Magic skin turned out to be not so magic after all, it deteriorates badly from sunlight and exposure to oils — even those on a little girl's sticky fingers. Both of Jimmy Baby's arms tore at the shoulder many years ago, so he sports non-museum quality plaster casts under his little yellow polo shirt. Jimmy is lucky to be a boy: Born in 1951, Jimmy still has his original shirt, jacket, and pants. If he had been born a girl it's certain his clothes would have disappeared in favor of my little sister's dresses. Perhaps the only one of his kind in existence, Jimmy has been rated rare by a doll appraiser. But there was never any question that he's always been valuable to me!