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Meet Melody Ellison – Her Voice Echoes the Hope of a Nation in the 1960s

Today I want to tell you about the American Girl Doll Melody Ellison, and I want to tell you why I consider her to be the best African American Historical Doll.

In my opinion, one of the main things that separates the American Girl Dolls from other dolls is that they can facilitate several types of learning. The better of the historical dolls can be harnessed to teach history in a powerful and integrated way, and I believe that the teaching of history must be one of the American Girl Doll Company’s goals. In this Melody Ellison banner, American Girl says: “Connecting Girls to the Past,” and I believe that Melody Ellison does connect us to the past. But Melody is not the first African American historical doll, and yet, in my opinion, she is the only one of the African American historical dolls that is relatively true to the period that she represents. She is the only one of the African American Girl dolls that truthfully connects girls to her past.

I have read several reviews written about the other historical African American American Girl Dolls, and it seems to me that prior to Melody, the American Girl Doll Company had tried to tip-toe around the race issue and to distort or whitewash African American history to make everyone seem have been the same and to make history seem to have been more attractive than it sometimes was.

Don’t get me wrong. I detest the slavery chapter of this nation’s history. That is when the American Girl Dolls Addy Walker and Cecile Rey lived. I hate bigotry, but I do not believe that it is in anyone’s best interest to distort or to grossly whitewash the facts. A wise man said that those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it, and I believe that there are elements about the first two African American Dolls that are efforts to stretch the truth. I am convinced that both the Addy Doll and the Cecile Doll could have been more realistic without entering a fantasy world and without being tasteless either. I’ll say more about that in other reviews, but in this review, I want to focus on ways that the American Girl Doll Melody Ellison is more true to what was happening for the African Americans in her time period–the period of the 1960s.

Melody Ellison was a child who lived in Detroit during a very exciting time for African Americans.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., came to Detroit in 1963, and the Rights of African Americans all over the United States began to change.

Detroit was also the Motown Music center of the world, and Motown music was the rage during the 1960s.

Several of the female Motown singers had hair styles that were like Melody’s hair style, and I love this about the Melody doll.

Melody Ellison’s accessories are on target, too. Notice that the accessories include a political button that alludes to Dr. King’s visit to Detroit in 1963. It says. “Equal Rights in ’63.”

Melody Ellison’s little turquoise hat is a pillbox hat, and Jackie Kennedy is the person who was primarily responsible for making the pillbox hat a fashion staple during the 1960s.

Last, Melody Ellison’s cateye sunglasses were another fashion craze during the 1960s. The rim of cateye glasses turn upward on the top, outer corner, and the shapes of the two eye areas in the rims of cateye glasses look like a pair of cat’s eyes.

In several ways, I believe that Melody Ellison accurately depicts the lifestyle that was possible for African Americans during the 1960s. Part of the success of this doll hinges on the fact that the 1960s were the first time in American History when African Americans could see significant improvements in their lives. In many ways, it was the first time that the African Americans could begin to visualize that there truly was hope for them. Because hope for the African Americans had begun to emerge during the 1960s, their stories of this period can be told without feeling the pressure to whitewash them. In conclusion, I do believe that the American Girl Doll Melody Ellison does connect girls to her past, and I do believe that Melody Ellison’s voice does echo the hope of this nation in the 1960s. Melody Ellison’s mission is accomplished.

©Jacki Kellum March 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet American Girl Doll Addy Walker – Learn America’s Story

Addy Walker was born a slave but when she was young, she and her mother escaped to Philadelphia, where slavery was against the law. Chronologically speaking, Kaya was the first historical American Girl Doll and Addy is the seventh. Kaya was a child in the northwest in 1764, and Addy is a child in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, across the USA, in 1864. That was 100 years later, and the USA has changed a great deal during that time.

Addy Walker is the third American Girl Doll who lived during the time of a war. Felicity had been a child during the Revolutionary War and Caroline had been a child during the War of 1812.  Addy Walker was a child during the Civil War–the war that ended slavery in America. Here is a quote: “Like many children born into slavery Addy doesn’t know her own birthday, so she chooses a day. She picks April 9, the day the Civil War ended in 1865 and all slaves were freed.” American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide, p. 60

Addy Walker was first released for sale in 1993, and at that time, her Meet Outfit was pink with stripes. Her first Meet Accessories included a straw bonnet with a blue bow.

When Addy Walker was updated as a Beforever Doll in 2014, her Meet Outfit Dress was blue and her meet accessories were slightly different, too. The books tell us that Addy Walker’s mother sewed her clothes, but I doubt that Addy’s dresses would have been as fancy as the ones that are currently sold for her. Addy’s pink meet dress was probably more authentic for a runaway slave during the 1800s.

During their escape from slavery, Addy and her mother were separated from the rest of the family. When Addy’s father finds them, the family is able to move into a boarding house, and Addy gets her first bed that she can call her own. Here is another quote:

“Addy’s colorful quilt shows the faces and places that represent her family. Addy lays the quilt on her very own bed with pride.” American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide, p. 62.

In the largest picture, you see Addy’s doll Ida Bean. Addy Walker is one of the American Girl Dolls who have dolls of their own. You might like to check out my video and blog post about all of the American Girl Dolls who have doll of their own.

Addy Walker’s mother’s employer gives Addy a Christmas dress. Addy wore her Christmas dress to church, and she carried her doll Ida Bean with her. Ida Bean’s dress looks slightly like Addy’s stilting outfit dress.  From what I understand about the period when Addy was a child, Addy’s stilting outfit is more true to the way that Addy would have dressed than the dresses sold for Addy today.

I like the fact that an African American doll has been made to represent this country’s unfortunate involvement with slavery, but I would prefer that Addy’s clothes be more representative of the way that she would have actually dressed. I detest slavery, but if the historical American Girl Dolls are intended as a means of teaching history, I believe that they should be true to America’s actual history. A wise man said that those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it, and I believe that the clothes sold for Addy now are efforts to make us forget the way that life actually was for slaves and runaway slaves during the 1800s. Dolls that are efforts to stretch the truth. I am convinced that both the Addy Doll can be represented more realistically without entering a fantasy world and without being tasteless either.

If the goal of the historical American Girl dolls is to connect today’s girls to the past, I believe that the Melody Ellison doll is the first African American doll that sucessfully accomplishes that goal.

©Jacki Kellum March 15, 2017

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American Girls Have Heart – Take A Stand Against Bullying – Grow A Garden of Happiness

In 2017, I launched a Doll for for American Girls, and part of the mission was to help girls learn to sew clothes for their American Girl Dolls. But from the very beginning, I have said to everyone concerned that my greatest goal is to teach the importance of learning to feel and to care for the feelings of others, and from the first day of the club, I have told the girls that our motto is American Girls Have Heart.

For a while, things rocked along fairly smoothly, but as will sometimes be the case, last week, one group of girls was unkind to another little girl, and I thought that we should take a few minutes to review what it means to have heart and what it means NOT to have heart.

When girls DON’T have heart, they are prone to leave other girls out or to mistreat them in some way.

I have taught for 40 years, and in my observation, little girls who don’t have heart don’t get better–at least not on their own. I often say that Mean Little Girls Make Mean Big Girls and Mean Big Girl Make Mean Women. The prognosis for meanness isn’t good until we make a significant effort to stop meanness.

The best way to stop meanness is to stop bullying.

Therefore, I want to be sure that everyone knows that the Jacki Kellum Doll Club for American Girls is a No Bully Zone.

Progress will be made when everyone starts pulling together. That is also when the fun begins.

So right now, wherever you are, let’s make a pinkie swear: No More Bullying.

Let’s put our hands together and shout, “American Girls Have Heart.”

After that, we can enter the Fairy Wonder Zone of No Bullying.

It’s a place where happy people grow.

©Jacki Kellum March 14, 2017

 

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American Girl Dolls with Birthdays in March

Marie-Grace Gardner’s Birthday is March 3, 1843

Josefina Montoya Celebrates Her Birthday on March 19, which is the Feast Day of San José. Josefina was named after Saint Joseph or San José. She was born in 1815.

Marie-Grace Gardner’s Hometown is New Orleans, Louisiana

Marie-Grace Gardener’s Biggest Dream is to make a difference to others

Josefina Montoya’s Hometown is near Santa Fe, New Mexico

Josefina Montoya’s Biggest Dream is to be a Healer, like her aunt.

©Jacki Kellum March 12, 2017

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The American Girl Dolls Who Have Dolls of Their Own – We All Need Something to Cuddle – We Have Always Needed Dolls

I recently launched a Doll Club for American Girls at my local library, and although my little town only has 7,000 residents in it, we had almost 60 girls at our first club meeting. I had told the girls to bring their dolls. At the first club meeting, the girls did not know each other, and many did not know me. All of us felt a little unsure. At one point, I looked out across the crowd of girls and each one of them was cuddling their American Girl Dolls. It made me want to cry, and it convinced me that deep within ourselves, we all need something to cuddle. We all need a doll.

I love the way that the American Girl Doll Companies have developed dolls for several of the American Girl dolls, and I love how those various dolls’ dolls depict important details about the periods of history in which the dolls lived. In this post, I’ll examine some of the American Girl Dolls that have dolls of their own, and I’ll discuss ways that these dolls’ dolls help us better understand their respective periods in history.

When Kaya was a girl, the Nez Perce mothers carried their babies in cradleboards. When girls play with dolls, they are often pretending that they too are mothers, and at the time when Kaya was a child, the Nez Perce girls often created cradleboards for their dolls. They were pretending to be mothers in the ways that their mothers had exemplified for them. In 1764, Nez Perce girls wore dresses that had been laced together from pieces of deer skin or other leather, and both Kaya and her doll wear fringed, deerskin dresses. Kaya’s cradleboard has a strap that fits over the horn of her horse’s saddle, and like an actual Nez Perce baby, Kaya’s  doll can be laced into her cradleboard. Kaya’s doll is a rag doll.

Felicity Merriman was a child in 1774, which was only ten years after the time that Kaya was a child. but because Felicity was not Native American and because she was a child of some of the British immigrants who came to America, Felicity’s doll is not at all like Kaya’s doll. When Felicity was shopping for a new dress to wear to the holiday tea, she spotted her doll in a shop window. Felicity’s doll is wearing a fancy blue dress like Felicity’s holiday gown, and she is not a rag doll. She is made of wood. “Did you know? Many children in the 1770s played with wooden toys, including yo-yos, puzzles, and spinning tops.” American Girl: The Story of America, p. 12.

Josefina Montoya is from New Mexico in 1824, after New Mexico had gained independence from Spanish rule. Josefina’s doll Niña is wearing a dress that matches Josefina’s Christmas dress. Josefina sewed her own dress. Here is what the book American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide had to say about Josefina, her Christmas dress, and her doll:

“Josefina enjoys sewing and making clothes for herself. When her aunt gives Josefina some striped fabric, Josefina makes a dress to wear on Noche Buena, Christmas Eve–the most special night of the year on the rancho. … Her doll Niña was made by her mamá. p. 49

Kirsten Larson’s family immigrated to Minnesota from Sweden, and she is from the year 1854. Kirsten Larson reminds me of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie books. One Christmas, Laura Ingalls Wilder received a rag doll for Christmas, and Kirsten’s rag doll is like how I imagine the doll that Laura Ingalls Wilder received. Kirsten’s doll is dressed very much like Kirsten in her baking outfit. Notice how both Kirsten and her doll have braids that are turned upward.

Addy Walker is from 1854, and she was an escaped slave. Addy’s doll is also a rag doll, and like Kaya’s doll, it is not fancy. Having been a slave, she would not have had a fancy doll. Here is what the book American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide had to say about Addy and her doll:

“Like many children born into slavery. Addy doesn’t know her own birthday, so she chooses a day. She picks April 9, the day the Civil War ended in 1865 and all slaves were freed. Some night, Addy reads Mother Goose in Hieroglyphics, when she is tucked in bed with Ida Bean–the rag doll Momma made for her.” p. 60.

Samantha Parkington is from 1904, which is only 50 years after Addy Walker. But Samantha’s life was very different from Addy’s life, and in comparing Samantha’s Clara doll to Addy’s doll, we begin to understand how the American Girl Dolls’s dolls tell a great deal about the lives that different types of people have lived in America throughout history. Samantha had beautiful clothes, a lovely home, and a frilly lifestyle, and her Clara doll is ceramic and frilly–just like Samantha herself.

Kit Kittredge is from 1934, and her family did suffer financially from the Great Depression. Her doll is a rag doll, but I believe that the most significant thing about Kit’s doll is that she is a tribute to the famous female aviator Amelia Earhart, who vanished in 1937, while attempting to make a round the world flight. Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator.

Molly McIntire is from 1944. I was born in 1950, and I identify with many things about Molly. When I was a girl, many girls wanted to be nurses. At that time, girls were still not encouraged to be doctors, and many of us went through a nurse phase. When I was about 7-years-old, there was a career day at my little church’s Vacation Bible School, and everyone was asked to dress up like the career that they wanted for themselves. Most of us wore ridiculously simple and homemade costumes, but one of my friends had an authentic nurse costume. It had a blue wool cape and a real nurse cap. That was 60 years ago, and I remember it like it was yesterday. I am very much an artsy type, but for a week or two, I even wanted to be a nurse when I grew up.

Here is what the book American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide had to say about Molly and her doll:

“Although her father can’t be with them on Christmas Day, Molly and her family receive a surprise package from him. It is filled with beautiful gifts for the family. Molly gets the nurse doll of her dreams.” p. 81.

Research into the distant past tells us that girls have always found ways to pretend to be mothers and to pretend to have babies of their own. If you remember, I said that Laura Ingalls Wilder received a rag doll one Christmas. Before she received her rag doll, Laura had simply wrapped a corn cob in cloth, and she had cuddled her corn cob, as though it was her very own baby. Even during ancient times, children have cuddled sticks and rocks, pretending that they were their babies. The Gruffalo’s doll is based on this very real part of the world’s history.

As I said before, we all need something to cuddle. We all need a doll.

©Jacki Kellum March 11, 2017

 

 

 

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American Girl: The Story of America – Review and Summary of the DK Book – Part 3 – Caroline Abbott

Chronologically speaking, Caroline Abbott is the third American Girl Doll. She lived during the War of 1812 and during the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition toward the western part of America.

“Caroline’s father runs a shipyard on the shores of Lake Ontario. He builds a small boat called a skiff and names it ‘Miss Caroline’ after his daughter.” American Girl: The Story of America,

“Caroline has fun sailing on Lake Ontario. From her small skiff, she can watch bigger ships carry goods and passengers between New York and Canada.” American Girl: The Story of America, p. 15.

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Lake Ontario is one of the Great Lakes. It is the one that is farthest East. The Great Lakes are almost as far as you can go in the USA and still be in the United States. In other words, they are very far North, where it gets very cold and the lakes freeze.

 

Image result for Caroline Abbott skates “When the lake freezes, Caroline can’t sail. Instead, she straps ice blades onto her boots, wraps up warmly, and glides gracefully over the frozen water.” American Girl: The Story of America, p. 15.

The American Girl Companies fully research the way that people lived during the eras of each of the historical dolls, and they harness  historical details in amazing ways. You tell tell much about American History by looking at the fashions that represent each era of history. I think that it is very interesting to look at the ways that skates and skating outfits have changed over time.

I don’t know whether Felicity had ice skates in 1774 or not, but to keep her feet out of the snow, she work pattons or little platforms strapped to her shoes. These raised Felicity’s feet out of the ice.

In 1812, Caroline’s skates are also strapped around her boots. Notice the curved metal front of the skates of 1812.

In 1904, Samantha still wore skates that strapped around her boots. I was born in 1950, and I never had ice skates, but my childhood roller skates strapped around my shoes.

In 1954, Maryellen wears ice skates that look very much like the ice skates that we wear today.

In 2017, the skating outfits look completely different than they did 200 years ago.

But let’s get  back to Caroline and 1812, which is 205 years before now, which is the year 2017.

“Caroline’s life on Lake Ontario in New York is turned upside down by the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain. A true adventurer who dreams of being the captain of her own ship, Caroline learns the bravest thing she can do is believe in herself.” American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide, p. 44.

“Caroline loves living on the shores of Lake Ontario in New York. She especially likes sailing with her father, and drams of being the captain of a ship one day. But Caroline’s whole life is about to change when the US. goes to war with Great Britain in 1812.” American Girl: The Story of America, p. 15.

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“After the United States gains independence from Britain, the new nation grows quickly. This makes the British nervous–they do not want the U.S. to become more powerful than they are. Britain also doesn’t want the U.S. to trade with France, Britain’s enemy. The disagreement turns into a three-year war.

“Caroline’s peaceful hometown of Sackets Harbor on Lake Ontario becomes a U.S. Navy base during the war. The British navy set up their headquarters across the lake. Two battles take place in Sackets Harbor during he war.” American Girl: The Story of America, p. 15.

The American Girl Caroline Abbot Doll Play Parlor

“Caroline’s formal parlor is full of nautical treasures, including a model ship. She can watch real ships sail on the lake from the parlor window.” American Girl: The Story of America, p. 15.

Here is what the American Girl Website Had to Say about Caroline  Abbot’s Play Parlor, When It Was Available:

“Caroline’s family spends time together in their elegant parlor, featuring a built-in bookshelf, fireplace, and window overlooking the bay. Your girl can rearrange the walls for different playtimes.
Includes:

  • Three wooden walls that can be arranged any way your girl chooses
  • A window seat that hinges open for storage space
  • A paned window with a lacy curtain frames a view of Lake Ontario. She can slide in the illustrated window scene—different images on each side let her choose the season
  • The center wall features a mantle and a make-believe fireplace that really lights up
  • A built-in wall shelf features pull-out drawers, plus a hutch that’s perfect for displaying Caroline’s treasures
  • A model ship with real cloth sails
  • A painted horse figurine and a metal candlestick
  • A “sailor’s valentine”—a two-piece wooden frame with a collection of faux shells inside
  • An embroidered fireplace screen that she can adjust, just like the real thing. Caroline would have used it to soften the glow from the hearth and shield her face from the heat
  • A framed mirror can be hung above the mantle for the finishing touch—or turned around to reveal a nautical painting

The Price of Caroline Abbott’s Parlor was $300.00

In the Parlor Scene, Caroline Is Wearing Her Birthday Dress

“The British block supplies from reaching small towns like Sackets Harbor. When people want to dress in the latest fashions, they make their own clothes out of what they have, just like Caroline does.” American Girl: The Story of America, p. 17.

 Caroline’s birthday dress is embroidered with fancy sewing stitches that create flowers and dots.

“Caroline loves to sew, so she carefully stitches this fancy dress to wear to her birthday celebration. It has a pleated bodice and pattern around the hem.” American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide, p. 44.

American Girl Caroline  Abbot’s Dresses Are Empire Style

“The high-waisted cut of the dress was also applied to outer garments, such as the pelisse. The Empire silhouette contributed to making clothes of the 1795–1820 period generally less confining and cumbersome than high-fashion clothes of the earlier 18th and later 19th centuries.” Wikipedia

“During the war, many American families suffer great hardships when shippping and trading on the Great Lakes come to a halt. Families, like Caroline’s manage with what they can grow, by, or raise. The British block supplies from reaching small towns like Sackets Harbor. When people want to dress in the latest fashions, they make their own clothes out of what they have, just like Caroline does.” American Girl: The Story of America, p. 17.

Caroline did other things to help during the war. In the following photo, Caroline is wearing her work dress. Notice that it also has an Empire style.

 “Caroline helps her uncle Aaron on his farm. She wears a pretty but practical dress. After a cow on the farm gives birth, Caroline names the calf Garnet, after the jewel in her grandmother’s ring.” American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide, p. 44.

Not much is said about any single doll in the new book American Girl: The Story of America, but because all of the historical dolls that had been made at the time are included chronologically in the book, it does offer a historical overview. Another nice thing is that a timeline runs along the bottom of the book, and it becomes possible to see what else was happening in the world at the time that each doll is placed.

 Here is what happened on the timeline during Caroline’s life or not long before or after then:

1804 – 1805 Heading west

“Lewis and Clark are the first to lead an expedition west of the Mississippi River. A Native American woman named Sacagawea is their guide for part of the journey.

1812 – U.S. and Britain at war

“The British refuse to let ships from other countries trade freely with the U.S., so the U.S. declares war.

1814 – White House fire

“The British set fire to many buildings in the nation’s capital, including the Capitol Building and the White House (known as the Presidential Mansion). The U.S. and Britain make peace in 1815.

1821  – High school for girls

“Teacher Emma Hart Willard opens a high school for girls in Troy, New York. It is the first high school to offer girls an equal education to boys.”

American Girl: The Story of America, pgs. 16-17.

Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He served from 1801-1809. He was an important figure in support of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

James Madison was the fourth president of the United States. He served from 1809-1817. He was president during the War of 1812.

©Jacki Kellum March 7, 2017

 

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Meet American Girl Doll Tenney Grant & Learn about Nashville & the Grand Ole Opry

The American Girl Doll Company has released a new doll from Nashville, Tennessee, and her name is Tenney Grant.

She is a country singer and her band mate is the new American Girl Boy Doll Logan Everett. I grew up not far from Nashville, and today, I’m going to tell you a little bit about the Grand Ole Opry and the Nashville scene.

Nashville, Tennessee is the Country Music Capitol of the World.

And there is something a little bit cowboy about country music singers. Tenney wears cowboy boots with her Spotlight Outfit, and she wears a denim vest in her Meet Outfit. I’ll be selling a kit to sew your own denim vest at my online shop Thumbelina Threads.

Nashville is in the state of Tennessee, which is just East of the Mississippi River and in the southern half of the USA. I am from the South, and many of the country western singers sound a lot like me when they talk. We have Southern accents.

The Grand Ole Opry is in Nashville, and since 1925, that has been the theater for some of the greatest country western performers. Patsy Cline sang there, and Minnie Pearl performed there. Minnie Pearl wore a hat that still had the price tag hanging from it, and when she came on stage, she would say, “Howdy.”

Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton sang at the Grand Ole Opry. And even more recently, Taylor Swift sings at the Grand Ole Opry. Dressed in her Spotlight Outfit, Tenney Logan reminds me of Taylor Swift.

©Jacki Kellum February 18, 2017A

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The American Girl Doll Company Brings Back Felicity Merriman

She’s Back! Felicity Merriman is Back!  2017 is an exciting year for those of us who love American Girl Dolls. The American Girl Doll Company has released a new American Girl Boy Doll whose name is Logan Everett, and on the same day, it has also pulled Felicity from the archives and has allowed her to re-emerge, wearing her all-new and colorful turquoise and yellow dress.

It occurred to me that some of you may not know who Felicity is, and I thought that I’d give you a short, quick review. Felicity Merriman is from the year 1774, which is the Revolutionary War period of America’s History. Historically speaking, Felicity is the second doll in American History.

Historically speaking, Kaya is the first American Girl Doll, and she represents the pre-European era of America’s history. Kaya is a Native American from the Nez Perce tribe in 1764. Felicity represents the children of the early European immigrants who came to America and who fought for the nation’s independence from England.

Those of us who remember Felicity recall her beautiful yellow Teatime outfit and tea set.

“Like many colonial girls, Felicity has lessons on the proper way to serve tea to guests. Even though she would rather wear breeches and ride horses, Felicity must wear a pretty dress for her lessons.

Growing up just before the start of the American Revolution, girls are expected to act like young ladies. But free-spirited Felicity would much rather spend time outdoors in her father’s shop. The war that breaks out between the United States and Great Britain teaches Felicity about courage, and what it means to be truly independent.” American Girl: The Ultimate Visual Guide, p. 38.

“Felicity sleeps in a canopy bed that has four tall posts. On cold nights, Felicity draws her elegant bed hangings closed. The curtains shut out the chilly air.”American Girl: The Ultimate Visual Guide, p. 38.

Felicity sleeps in her night shift and lappet cap. When the American Girl Company was still called the Pleasant Company, it released a set of free patterns for Felicity and for some of the other early dolls. The pattern for the night shift and lappet cap are included in that set of patterns. I’ll be selling a kit to make your own night shift and lappet cap and to make other of Felicity’s outfits in my shop at thumbelinathreads.com. I’ll also be adding a kit to make Felicity’s Red Cape this week.

Many of Us Remember Felicity’s Doll, Her Holiday Gown, and Her Red Cape

“Felicity is thrilled to receive an invitation to a dance lesson at the Governor’s Palace. She has never been to a ball before, and Felicity knows she must behave like a lady for the occasions. Felicity sees this doll in a shop, and the dress catches her eye. Mother makes one just like it for Felicity to wear to her dance lesson.

Did you know? Fashion dolls, like the one Felicity spots in the shop, showed colonial women what the stylish ladies in England were wearing. Then colonists could copy the latest fashions.” American Girl: The Ultimate Visual Guide, p. 39.

The new Felicity doll is part of a campaign to release several new American Girl Dolls in 2017. You can buy Felicity at americangirl.com. You can also buy only her new turquoise and yellow outfit for your old Felicity doll, as well as her fetching new hat and accessories.

 

 

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Logan Everett the American Girl Boy Doll Is Here and Ready to Buy

It’s true! The American Girl Doll Company has released a boy doll and his name is Logan Everett.

Logan is the band mate of the new doll Tenney Grant, who is a country singer from Nashville.

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 Logan is a drummer, and you can buy his drum set separately.

 

Meet Logan Everett the American Boy Doll

Meet Logan, Tenney’s bandmate and drummer! The 18″ Logan doll has gray eyes that open and close, and short brown hair.

The American Girl Logan Doll will travel home in a plaid button-down shirt, a T-shirt, jeans, underwear, and shoes.

Logan’s unique hand positioning helps him hold instruments!

 Notice that Logan doesn’t have the signature teeth-showing smile that most American Girl Dolls have. Kaya, the Native American Girl Doll had a smile similar to Logan’s.

Both Logan and Tenney are part of a wave of new dolls that will be added to the American Girl Doll Family in 2017. I am also thrilled that Felicity Merriman has also returned, and I love her new turquoise and yellow look.

See Logan Everett and americangirl.com