So awhile back, Cindy of Mom on a Wire wrote about American Girl dolls and how she didn’t really care for them, or, more accurately, the price. ($125 for the doll, a book and accessories)
Which is why Tootie has two Our Generation dolls ($31 for the doll, book and accessories)
One, Eva, came from her Nana. I think the other one may have too, but I can’t remember for sure.
Anyway, here’s Eva:
And here we have McKenna from American Girl:
Now don’t get me wrong — I’m a big fan of the American Girl books. Tootie loves them, and has read and re-read dozens of those books. Her fave series is Julie from the ’70s. As a child of that decade, I totally approve!
So yesterday she took her other Our Generation doll to summer care. She’s blonde, but I can’t remember her name at the moment.
Another girl, however, brought an American Girl doll, purchased at the store in Dallas.
You can guess what happened. The girls belittled Tootie’s doll, telling her it was fake and not as good as the American Girl version.
She came home in tears, unable to see or understand the difference.
Last night, she decked out her other doll, Eva, with plans to take Eva and her horse, Penny, to the daycare.
Tootie, you see, thinks she’s going to convince those bratty little girls that Eva is just as good — if not better — than the AG dolls.
And she is, really. She was given to Tootie by her Nana, who told her at the time that she chose Eva because of the resemblance to Tootie. The accompanying book was a mystery, and Tootie loves a good suspense tale.
Here’s the thing: The AG books are about brave and enterprising girls from different periods of history.
But the dolls? They’re only good for visits to the American Girl store beauty shop and an afternoon tea. In no way do they resemble or act like their literary counterparts.
Which is part of the reason I don’t like them. They’ve overshadowed the stories of girls who accomplished wonderful things — without worrying about their hair or what to wear to tea.
There’s also the irony of the price tag. The books feature girls who don’t necessarily have a lot of money. And they aren’t snobs.
So those $125 dolls?
Are. Not. Reflective. Of. The. Girls. They. Allegedly. Represent.