American Girl and my obssession with…….

4 May

Ok, I just couldn’t hold off with my obsession any longer! I have to tell you! I LOVE History!!!! And that is what I’m currently majoring in in college. I am majoring education/history (yes!) and so with that being said, i also LOVE American Girl dolls! I have known about the American Girl dolls since I was 4 years old (so you know I’m under the age of 30, AG came out in 1985, I’ll let you guess the rest) and so I had to mention the GREAT NEWS about the newest American Girl coming out next month JUNE 1, 2009!!!! Her name is Rebecca Rubin and her story will take place in 1914. Now she will be the American Girl that replaces Samantha, for all of you who have heard the sad, sad news *Cries*. At first I was angry, I even wrote a song about it! How can you just throw aside one of the ORIGINAL American Girls like that, at such an important time in history? I was saying, "we don’t need Rebecca. She’s just going to be another Samantha." Well, in fact 1904 is a different era than 1914, believe you me (which is all the more reason to have both but…beggars sure can’t be choosers) and so I mourned for days and hustled to get the last remaining items. I’m still hoping that they’re bluffing (because she was supposed to be retired in December, here it is May 2009 and she’s still being sold…) But I have a feeling they’re not. But when I saw Rebecca’s story, I felt bad that I liked it. I can relate to religious persecution as I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Mattel really doesn’t  care about how long Samantha’s been around. Which is sad. But thats what happens when Mattel’s in charge. See, thats why I miss Pleasant Company. The dolls used to have authentic clothes on with real fabric (yea they were more expensive, but they looked worth something) and it was historically accurate. I’m not saying Mattel isn’t historically accurate, but Mattel made Barbie. And with that being said, they only focus on what sales, rather than the educational value. They also don’t give a hoot about authentic fabric and items. It can be plastic, as long as it looks pretty. And yea, it is cheaper, but not cheap. I would rather have that price for something worth it. Also, they put too much attention on the Girl of the Year dolls (used to be Limited Edition dolls, just like American Girl today was changed to Just Like You dolls). How does Chrissa have a movie before all of the historicals? yea, the movie was good, but she isn’t a collector’s item and isn’t an old-time favorite of American Girl fans. Bullying is an important issue to address. But it happens in history as well. American Girls Collection (Historicals it’s now called) talks about that and many other hard and difficult subjects (like divorce, death, slavery, war, loyalty, financial concerns, etc) Girls of the Year are far from realistic unlike the American Girls Collection. AGC are the most historically accurate children’s books in the world! It is no wonder they are so famous. Even Dear America books are over-exaggerated. They each have a six book series and dolls. 4 have movies (including Samantha, which is unfortunate, it’ll be in the archives of the official site).

For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, I’ll explain..ahem:

Kaya-Kaya is an adventurous Nez Perce girl growing up in her traditional homeland (Idaho, Washington, Oregon) before any overseas influences even touched the soil in 1764(finally a story about Native Americans that doesn’t involve a take-over!). Kaya is proud of her new horse Steps High, and is sired by her father’s horse, who runs fast in all of the races. One day, two boys in the village challenge her to a race. She was supposed to be taking care of her twin brothers at the time but neglects her responsibility. As a result, she was switched and received an awful nickname, Magpie, which is a selfish and thieving bird. Kaya gets many tests of courage and finally learns to think of others before herself. With the help of her friends and family, her namesake and heroine, and the elders in her village, she is able  to find the courage to overcome her weakness and become a person no one will ever call Magpie again. Her story is SUPER adventurous. There is an adventure in every story. Many unfamiliar things, as she is the farthest in the past, but as the American Girls progress, they seem more and more connected with our time. But feelings and problems DO NOT change. Debuted 2002.

Felicity is a spunky, sprightly, colonial girl growing up on the brink of the American Revolution in 1774 (Virginia). Felicity grows impatient doing the "sitting down" kinds of things girls are expected to do, like sewing and cooking. She’d much rather be out of doors, especially riding horses! Felicity learns the important lessons of freedom from a beautiful copper-colored mare named Penny. She realizes the horse needs independence. At the same time, her country is struggling to fight for it’s own independence from Great Britain. When Felicity’s father stops selling tea in his store and decides to become a patriot, Felicity is caught in between her best friend and grandfather, who are loyalists, and her father and her friend Ben, who are patriots. Felicity sees change in the wind as war stirs up the once peaceful colonies. Felicity learns the importance of loyalty to her family, her friends, and her country, and what it means to be truly independent. I love her stories as well. Her personality is fiery! Debuted 1991.

Josephina-Josephina is a caring and faithful New Mexican girl whose hopes and heart are as big as the New Mexican sky. She grows up on the Southwest frontier in 1824. Josephina and her three older sisters struggle to run the household of their ranch after their mother dies. Josephina feels lost and lonely, and her Papa never smiles, until Tia Dolores arrives at the rancho. Tia Dolores changes everything on the rancho. She brings new items to the rancho and teaches the girls things their mother never knew. Soon Josephina starts to feel that there are many changes, and although the girls are grateful to Tia Dolores, they realize that their mother’s most precious teachings are leaving them. The rancho is not the only place full of change as the new American traders arrive from the east. With all of the changes going on, Josephina struggles to find a way to hold traditional ways as well as new ways in her heart. I can relate. I lost my father at a young age…and it was different ever since. Debuted 1997.

Kirsten-Kirsten is a pioneer girl full of strength and spirit growing up on American Frontier in Minnesota in 1854. After the long and dangerous voyage from Sweden to America, Kirsten and her family finally arrive on America soil. Many things are different for Kirsten: the language, the food, the customs, and the many new inventions that make life easier. At first, Kirsten finds it hard to get used to the strange new land, but as Kirsten meets some new friends, and discovers what her new land has to offer, the learns the true meaning of home-and that love is the same in any language. Really interesting story. They don’t hold back a thing…Debuted 1986 (original three).

Addy-Addy is a courageous and smart girl determined to be free in the midst of the Civil War in 1864 (Pennsylvania). One night, Addy hears her parents talk about running away to freedom and Addy is frightened by the thought. But soon her brother and father are sold off the plantation. Addy’s mother fears they will come back to get Addy. So her and her mother make the daring escape to freedom in the north, leaving baby Esther behind. After the long and hard voyage, Addy and her mother finally arrive in freedom, and start new lives there. But Addy soon realizes that though she is not a slave, she isn’t truly free in the north either. Everything is segregated, and Addy is disappointed by her living conditions. Addy also misses her family, and feels that the day that they re-unite will never happen. As the end of the Civil War draws near, Addy learns not to give up hoping, and with the love her family and friends, they help her to keep her dreams alive. Power to the People! Debuted 1993.

Samantha-Samantha is a bright Victorian beauty, an orphan,  being raised by her wealthy grandmother in the Turn of the Twentieth Century 1904 (New York). Samantha grows up in a prim and proper world of stylish parties, play, and beauty. She is growing up in an exciting time full of skyscrapers, toy stores, new-improved medicine, airplanes, and new ides, including about women suffrage. But Samantha soon learns that times are not fine for everyone when she meets a servant girl named Nellie who worked in a factory in the city. Samantha knows that her world is nothing like her own. Samantha realizes that though she has a lot to teach Nellie, Nellie has lessons to teach Samantha. Through her adventures, Samantha learns that true friendship is measured in more than wealth. She was actually my least favorite, but still, I liked her stories. Debuted 1986 (original three).

Rebecca-Rebecca is a lively Jewish American girl with a dramatic flair growing up on the bustling Lower East side of New York in 1914. Rebecca loves to act, and dreams of acting in her own movie, though her family has different ideas about how a lady should be. One day, Rebecca hears that her cousins in Russia are coming to stay with them after the Russia czars persecuted them in the old country. Rebecca puts on a show to get them to America, but Rebecca soon starts to realize how different she and her family really are when their culture is introduced to American people. The people around them aren’t really understanding when it comes to their Jewish faith or their Russian background, and even Rebecca starts to question just where she stands. With the help of her family, friends, and unexpected surprises, Rebecca learns just who she is and to stand proud for what she believes in. Haven’t read it yet, but i know i will be able to relate. This is the first time American Girl tackled religious persecution in America. Smart move.

Kit-Kit is a clever and resourceful girl growing up during America’s Great Depression in 1934 (Ohio). Kit’s comfortable world is shattered when her father loses his car dealership, and the possibility of a new job is very low. Kit’s mother comes up with a brainstorm to make some money. The family decides to take in boarders, paying guests who rent out a room in their home. It’s a hard adjustment for Kit, as she had to give up her room, learn to cook and clean for more than 10 people, and find resourceful ways to save and make money. At first, Kit is embarrassed by her family’s condition, but as she learns to love her new family, has fun penny-pinching, and find new inspiration for her newspaper, she learns to be thankful for what she has, and tries to keep her hopes bright during the dark days of the Depression. this is my favorite American Girl. She acts just like me! Wow, we have the same thinking! Debuted 2000.

Molly-Molly is a lively, lovable, and patriotic girl growing up in Illinois during World War II in 1944. The world is at war, and Molly’s dad has been shipped overseas to take care of wounded soldiers in London. Molly fears for her dad and she misses him. She doesn’t like the many changes the war has brought: she has to eat gross things like Turnips, everything is rationed, and she has to deal with practical things for Christmas. Although the war has destroyed the lives of many, Molly learns, through the help of her family, and her friends, including her friend from England, that they all have to pull together to help their country win the war. I love her! she is the best American girl. She’s my second favorite, as she reminds me of my sister. Debuted 1986 (original three).

Julie-Julie is a creative and upbeat girl growing up in San Francisco, California in 1974 (I know 70s right?). Julie’s life seems full of changes. After her parents get divorced, she’s forced to move to the city with her mom and transfers to a new school. she has to leave her best friend, Ivy Ling behind (Chinese!!) and her pet Nutmeg. She has to leave her dad and her old home. Many of her family traditions are broken. And to top it all off, her new school is full of new changes to teach the students about a new age living in the world of the 70s. The school wants to change to the metric system, her teacher wants to be called "Ms.," and there’s a new kind of player on the basketball team-girls! Julie realizes that change can be difficult. But Julie learns that the best way to deal with change, is to make a few happen yourself!

Woo! Thats all of them! There are now ten of them! So you can choose your favorite American Girl if you like. I love them all! I have the whole collection of books, all mini dolls, and two big dolls that need the doll hospital (Samantha and Felicity). I just don’t have Rebecca yet, but I’m pre-ordering her as soon as possible!

~Over and Out~


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