My daughters have loved American Girl dolls, books and accessories but on a recent trip to the American Girl Cafe in New York City they officially became obsessed. At first, my oldest daughter loved the “My American Girl” doll that we purchased to look exactly like her. But as she gets older and has become more proficient in her reading skills, she has taken a liking to the historical collection and the stories of each doll.
We were recently treated to a sample of the newest doll to enter the American Girl historical collection, number 13 to be exact. Caroline Abbott, a 9 year old girl growing up near Lake Ontario during the War of 1812, wants to follow in her father’s footsteps as a shipbuilder. When their sloop is invaded by British soldiers and her Papa is taken prisoner, Caroline stays strong and helps Mama run the family shipyard.
Caroline’s story is told though a series of six books written by Kathleen Ernst including Meet Caroline, Caroline’s Secret Message, A Surprise for Caroline, Caroline Takes a Chance, Caroline’s Battle, and Changes for Caroline. My husband is a history teacher and he and my seven year old have begun to read the first book together.
To say that my girls were excited about Caroline’s arrival would be an understatement. I think it took every ounce of self control for them to be patient and let me take a few pictures to share with you before they gave Caroline the Grand Tour of our home. Caroline is an 18 inch doll with curly blonde hair and aquamarine eyes. She comes dressed in a beautiful pink dress with floral embroidery detail and white pantaloons with pink shoes. Of course, there will be an array of clothes and accessories available appropriate for her time period. Her hair is probably the most beautiful of any American Girl doll I have seen thus far. It is very silky and wavy!
What I love about the American Girl historical collection is that although the stories take place long ago (Caroline’s story is exactly 200 years ago), the message and lessons are timeless. Each story inspires young girls to be kind, honest, confident, strong and brave. To celebrate the bravery of girls today, American Girl is launching “Caroline’s Share the Hero in You” video contest coinciding with Caroline’s debut on September 4, 2012. Through October 31, girls are encouraged to create a video explaining the time they felt like a hero and share them online. Six videos will be selected by American Girl based on creativity, originality, visual appeal, and best use of the heroism theme.
Starting November 5, American Girl fans can vote online for their favorite video finalist! The grand-prize winner will receive a trip for four to Washington D.C. to visit the American Girl store; a VIP tour at the Smithsonian to learn more about Caroline’s era; and a Caroline doll, accessories, and six-book set.
We are so happy to welcome Caroline Abbott to our American Girl collection at home. She will be available in stores and online on September 4, 2012 for $105 which includes the doll and “Meet Caroline” book. Make sure you “like” American Girl on Facebook to stay on top of the latest news and promotions.