Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

In addition to light verse, Phyllis McGinley wrote several books for children using a variety of different styles. These include Christmas stories, variations on traditional tales, fantasies, verse tales, and alphabet books. Some of her most popular works for children are The Most Wonderful Doll in the World (1950) and The Year Without a Santa Claus (1957).

McGinley also wrote several collections of essays. In both The Province of the Heart (1959) and Sixpence in Her Shoe (1964), she dealt primarily with the role of the housewife and with life in the suburbs. In Saint-Watching (1969), she portrayed the lives of several saints, emphasizing their warmth and humanity rather than their sanctity.