A few years ago my daughter came home from her cousin’s house and all she could talk about was how she wanted an American Girl Doll. She spent the next six months saving her money to buy her own and has been in love with it ever sense.
These amazing 18″ dolls were first introduced in 1986 by the Pleasant Company. They made their first appearance with Molly, Kirsten, and Samantha.
Molly is living in Illinois in 1944. She is learning how to deal with growing up during a time of war. Her father has been called to fight overseas and she is living at home with her mother, older sister, and two little brothers. Molly learns how important it is to band together for a common cause.
Kirsten is from Sweden but her family has moved to Minnesota to discover frontier life with other pioneers in 1854. Kristen learns what it is like to have the courage to start a new life in a new country.
Samantha is an orphan in New York in 1904. She is being raised by her wealthy grandmother. Her best friend lives a very different life from her own and Samantha learns that, unfortunately, not all people are treated equally.
The Pleasant Company now has multiple characters from various ethnic backgrounds and time periods–including contemporary time periods like McKenna, 2012’s girl of the year. McKenna, is a determined gymnast who doesn’t let her challenges get in the way of her dreams.
The idea behind these toys is to teach children about important times in the past and present. As well as coming with historically accurate clothing and accessories, they all come with a book telling a story that teaches critical values such as compassion, courage, and hope. These stories also deal with important issues such as war, racism, and poverty. At the end of each book your daughter will find a section called, “A Peek into the Past” that further explores the character’s historical context.
American Girl characters teach those who learn about them that they can overcome obstacles and deal with tough situations if they believe in themselves and have confidence in their abilities. It’s no wonder children of all ages have fallen in love with these darling playmates.
Once your daughter has an 18″ doll of her own you’ll find that some of the most fun she’ll have is dressing her new friend in beautiful clothes. You may even want to go the extra mile and get your daughter a matching dress!
Unfortunately buying all these new little outfits and accessories can get expensive. So if you want to create a diverse wardrobe you may want to buy American Girl clothes knock off brands, like Little Adventures. They are well-made, less expensive and they offer a wide range of creative clothes for you child’s new best friend. They even offer 18″ doll princess dresses, like Snow White and Cinderella, that match your little princess’ favorite Little Adventure’s dress-up.
American Girls are toys that go beyond play and become an important part of your child’s life by teaching important values with heart-warming stories. Bringing one into your home will provide your child with a friend for life.