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The One Book You Need To Read, Based On Your Favorite American Girl Doll
The dolls portray eight- to twelve-year-old girls of a variety of ethnicities, time periods of origin, faiths, and social classes. They are sold with accompanying books told from the viewpoint of the girls. Originally the stories focused on various periods of American history , but were expanded in to include characters and stories from contemporary life. Aside from the original American Girl dolls, the buyer also has the option to purchase dolls that look like themselves. The options for the line of Truly Me dolls include eye color, face mold, skin color, hair texture, and hair length. A variety of related clothing and accessories is also available.
Waves of nostalgia wash upon my emotional shores when people start talking about the shuttered bookstores of the past. They wax poetically about Borders, their indie neighborhood bookstores, or other regional favorites. My mind conjures up memories of Media Play, the Midwestern-headquartered chain known for its kitschy, catchy commercial jingles. There was one nearby, just 10 minutes away in a shopping center near my childhood home. She was never known for publishing books that swept the industry for middle grade readers like myself back then. Connie was, instead, the black woman author charged with bringing southern black girl, Addy Walker, of the American Girl Dolls collection to life, beyond the plastic molding of her doll form.
Growing up, I loved the American Girl dolls and their accompanying books. Sure, I had my fair share of Barbies and Legos and a whole lot of Beanie Babies that I thought would be worth more money by now , but American Girl truly understood what I wanted out of a toy, which was to imagine myself crossing the wide and lonesome prairie just after losing my friend to cholera. Or starting a workers' rights movement for children working in factories. Or racing across a field in a tattered gown, escaping the redcoats and also maybe owning a pet lamb. Isn't that what all little girls want, when you get right down to it? Even as an adult, it's hard to beat a good historical story about a young woman kicking ass and radicalizing her community. Here are a few books to read as a grown up, based on the American Girl dolls you loved as a kid.
Perspectives on Culture. Marcia Chatelain Dec 1, For my beloved sustained silent reading time at school, I brought unauthorized biographies of Elizabeth Taylor and Hillary Clinton from home. Even the somewhat edgier Nancy Drew series delivered the same ending every time: Nancy never failed to decipher the mystery by winding an antique clock or tapping a fake bookshelf. The cynicism that serves me well as a historian today was nursed on the stuff I believed that adults read. I enjoyed reading about real-life challenges—dramatic accidents, lost fortunes, and divorces from Richard Burton. So, when Perspectives on History asked me to take a look at the American Girl series, I was discovering the bestselling books for the first time.
A few weeks ago, my elementary school librarian was sorting through old books when they came across a copy of the American Girl book Changes for Molly that had my name and birthday inscribed on the inside cover. On my seventh birthday, it had been my "birthday book" — a program in which parents could buy a book for the school library on behalf of their child's birthday. Since I'm still in touch with one of the teachers at the school, she sent it to me in the mail. I slid the book out of its envelope, and was hit suddenly with a wave of nostalgia. It was like my childhood had sprung back up around me. There was something inherently comforting about the clean, white cover, with Molly McIntire from , in a bright yellow raincoat and red galoshes, beaming up at me. Even the weight of the book in my hand felt distinctly familiar.