Creative play is something that I am always working to encourage within my girls. Whether it be through coloring, crafts or construction, our home is always a bustling place that allows them to have fun and fine their own place.
This expands beyond the creation of items into imaginative play too. One of the things that my girs have always been drawn too is playing with dolls. While this might be cliché, I never quashed it, and instead I let them create the worlds that they wanted with the dolls that they had.
One of the companies that my girls have been drawn to in the past has always been drawn to has been American Girl. While some might think that this is because of the commercial nature of the company, I think instead they are drawn to the quality of the doll itself, as well as the story that goes behind so many of the dolls that they have for girls like my own. On top of this, the company is all about girls and is a large proponent for building the self-esteem and self-worth of girls everywhere, which, as a father of girls, is exactly what I want a company to stand for.
A perfect example of the story behind the doll is the new historical doll, . Maryellen Larkin is a doll about a girl from the 1950’s.
Maryellen Larkin was introduced to American Girl customers on August 27, 2015. Maryellen Larkin is an optimistic, energetic girl growing up in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1954. The Maryellen product line includes the 18-inch Maryellen doll and two-book series, several 1950s-era doll outfits and cool new accessories that combine iconic ’50s aesthetics with innovative features that extend the play experience for girls, including a TV console that works with a girl’s iPad, and a jukebox that plays ’50s-style songs and connects to electronic music players.
As the author of the Maryellen Larkin book says:
“At first glance, Maryellen’s circumstances appear determinedly normal,” says American Girl author Valerie Tripp. “I did this deliberately, so that I could show that the extraordinary exists with the extra-ordinary, and it is Maryellen’s own sparky pizzazz that makes the difference.”
While this is the story American Girl goes so much further, offering a movie that delves even deeper and makes the story come alive, and offers additional accessories that are beautifully made and so intricate.
To celebrate Maryellen’s debut, American Girl retail stores will be bustling with Maryellen excitement with free and paid events, including giveaways, crafts, and in-store activities. And girls can explore the era with Maryellen’s Nifty ’50s Scrapbook. The online digital scrapbook—told from Maryellen’s point of view—will include photos, illustrations, video clips, games, and activities. For parents and teachers, a free downloadable Maryellen Learning Guide, available at americangirl.com, explores themes and issues from the 1950s.
American Girl is also going to be having Maryellen Retail Events (http://www.americangirl.com/
The Maryellen doll and related products will be available on August 27, 2015 at americangirl.com; at all American Girl retail locations nationwide; through American Girl’s catalogue; at American Girl specialty boutiques at select Indigo™ and Chapters™ locations in Canada; and at El Palacio de Hierro in Mexico City. The Maryellen books can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers. To learn more about Maryellen and the BeForever line of historical characters, go to americangirl.com or visit American Girl’s social channels. To request a free American Girl catalog, call 1-800-845-0005.
In receiving the Maryellen Larkin doll itself, she was beautifully constructed. The Maryellen Larkin doll has intricate design and with the detail that you get, it is worth every bit of money that is spent on it.
In talking to my own daughters about why they love American Girl, they said “ I love how pretty the dolls are, their hair, their clothes, everything “
I love that my daughters have the imagination that they have and love to encourage the play and the worlds that they create with the American Girl dolls that they have. If you have never checked out American Girl dolls before, Maryellen or any of their dolls including the Just Like You or Bitty Baby Dolls are great for all ages and are dolls that are built to last and be passed on from generation to generation.
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