Handcrafted Amish lady made with a wooden ball for the head and a stuffed fabric torso. She is wearing a black cotton cap, and black shawl. Her hands are also made from wood. She is holding a woven straw basket, that holds a washboard and piece of cloth. Her dress is a plain cotton, with a black apron. Amish dolls are generally faceless; perhaps because they follow the Bible scripture in Deuteronomy 5:8, which is “Thou shalt not make thee any graven images…”. Amish clothing is usually plain and monochromatic. Tag: “Baltic Mills, Baltic Ohio.”
Location: Midwestern USA state
Main language: English
Currency: US dollar
Construction: wood, cloth, straw
Height in Centimeters: 23
Height in Inches: 9
Reading Level: 6.00
Rebecca, Amos, and their parents were in the buggy on their way to the barn-raising at the Yoder farm. Rebecca was very excited. Barn-raisings were always lots of fun, and Rebecca thought David Yoder (who was in her 7th grade class) was very good looking. Her dream was that some day he would take her for a ride in his courting buggy.
Rebecca admired all the neat Amish farms as the horse trotted down the road. It was easy to identify the Amish farms—they had cloths hung out on lines to dry. The dresses for the girls and women were all the same. They wore very plain clothes with solid colors. Sometimes Rebecca wondered what it would be like to wear shorts or fancy dresses. She was also curious about the makeup and hairstyles she saw on the billboards. Amish women always wore their hair in a bun, covered by a bonnet or hat.
Another way to identify an Amish farm was by the lack of electricity and machines. All of the Amish farming is done by hand, and no one owns a car. In fact, electricity is not allowed, and the houses are lit with lanterns and candles. It is a simple life, but one that had lasted for hundreds of years.
Suddenly a car raced by the buggy and blew its horn. Luckily, ‘ol Jughead was used to cars and just kept trotting along the road.
When they reached the Yoder farm, Rebecca could see hundreds of people—all of them Amish. It was suddenly clear to her why the Amish were so committed to their faith. Where else could you find a community that would help each other build a barn, often in one day?
Just then, David Yoder appeared on the side of the house. He winked at Rebecca and asked if she would like to share his apple pie and lemonade. Yes, it really was a beautiful day in Amish country!