As you can see, she likes to go to sleep with the dolls.
In 1983 educator, writer, and entrepreneur Pleasant T. Rowland was looking for dolls to give her nieces for Christmas. She found baby dolls (which emphasize mothering) and teenage or adult dolls (which emphasize future aspirations of an older age), but no dolls that realistically represented girls in an eight-to-twelve age range. This experience was coupled with a visit to Colonial Williamsburg that demonstrated the value of making history accessible, and inspired Rowland to create Pleasant Company's American Girl line of historical dolls and books.
I love that the company makes a whole line of books devoted to relevant topics for young girls. They make a magazine that doesn't sexualize young girls like so many other magazines do, without being boring or patronizing. It doesn't have adds from any other companies either! It's all wholesome and teaches girls to believe in themselves and in their dreams. I've read rave reviews of the magazine several places.
I like these from the comments on the slate article:
The lasting appeal of the dolls went beyond the cute outfits and accessories, it was directly related to the stories told in their books, the ways in which these girls faced problems and challenges and overcame them with the help of their family and friends. Besides my everlasting idol, Laura Ingalls, they were the only female role models who stood out for me at that age (I'm talking 8-10 years old) as more than just the typical "helpless girl," who usually had a brother who got to do all the cool stuff.
We know all about that in my house. My son, aged about 6, once complained that his sister had hit him with her doll. It sounded so funny that we laughed, at which he said, "Yes but Samantha is very solid." That became a family joke, but hey, maybe there's something to it. MR … 3:30 p.m. GMT
Yes, they are rather pricey; but when I got my daughter's doll, it cost $70. She started saving for the doll (we knew we were going to get it for her for Christmas any way) but she was diligent in saving for the doll. By Christmas, she had nearly enough to buy the doll as was so excited to use the money she had saved to order more accessories. She learned about saving and working to earn something that she wanted and carries that lesson to this day.
I for one think the American Girl dolls are a great idea and even continue to read the catalog on line!I hope that the movie will be shown here in Ireland. I only wish I had a grand-daughter to share it with!! Thanks for the article! It was nice to hear what adult American Girls got out of the dolls.