Congrats to our winner Corine!
I’ll admit it- in our family we have succumbed to the intoxicating lure of the Doll culture. While the marketplace is brimming with dolls, there is a crop of dolls that EVERY GIRL MUST GET HER HANDS ON– it’s American girl and it is NOT only a doll but often times a history lesson through imaginative play, accompanying novels and accessories.
These background stories in the form of exciting novels take imaginative play to a whole new level! What makes these stand-apart is that; unlike the standard box with a doll in it that once little fingers take out of its package and admire, the playtime with said doll pretty much wanes, with an American Girl doll the experience is just unfolding.
What I absolutely ADORE- yes you heard me right- adore is that getting your daughter An American Girl doll is about providing her with a play experience and a rich history of the doll- whose accompanying book- brings to life the doll’s interests and a world that my daughter can virtually immerse herself in and feel an instant kinship with.
With so many media outlets urging and beckoning our daughters to grow fast beyond their years; belly shirts, lip-gloss cleverly disguised in a piece of costume jewelry- even the whole trend of baby high heels– it can be overwhelming and just plain confusing for our girls- who at six, seven, eight, nine and even 10 years old, should still be dressing their dolls, setting up tea parties for them and feeling safely ensconced in being a kid. And not feeling this push-pull to grow up unnaturally faster than their bodies are.
I love the tradition and the fact that each doll is so much more than just a physical pretty thing- but also brings a legacy and rich, storied past with her- that girls can learn and glean from ( my daughter has voraciously read each book that has accompanied the doll she’s gotten, and has then requested to buy more books from American Girl as a result- which in my opinion can never be a bad thing).
Seriously- if you have a little girl who LOVES dolls- THIS HOLIDAY SEASON- get her An American Girl and stream some of their amazing adventures which include:
Stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video starting November 25
An American Girl Story—Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas is based on American Girl’s previously launched BeForever character Maryellen Larkin. The special is set during Christmas in 1955 in Daytona Beach, Florida, where middle child Maryellen longs to stand out amidst the hustle and bustle of her big, busy family. A boisterous and artistic girl, Maryellen’s adventurous spirit is sometimes at odds with the era she’s living in: when conformity was valued above individuality. When Benji, a family friend afflicted with polio comes to stay with them and visit Daytona Beach’s hospital for care, Maryellen is inspired to help the polio patients have the best Christmas ever. With guidance and advice from Maryellen’s wise and sympathetic mother, Maryellen learns the key to helping others is through listening.
Airing November 23 on Disney Channel and also available on Blu-Ray and DVD
For a fun holiday night at home, girls can watch An American Girl: Lea to the Rescue, American Girl’s first-ever action-adventure film set to air November 23 on Disney Channel. In the thrilling sequel to the original book series, Lea must face her fears as she travels deep into the Brazilian rainforest to solve the mystery of her missing brother. In her quest to find him, she helps save endangered animals and must outwit ruthless animal poachers.
Stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video
Love has to Win centers around 1 0-year-old Melody, who is coming of age in Detroit in 1963. In the film, Melody’s eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by instilling in her that love brings out the best in everyone; reminding Melody that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.”
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