Kit Kittredge, An American Girl a new movie just out, is delighting young girls all over the world. The movie is based on one of the American Girls Historical dolls. American Girl, however, has been a household word for around fifteen years. Along with the American Girl dolls, magazine and stores, there is a whole world of learning and fun with the American Girls historical characters. Each of the nine American girls is 10 years old, but comes from a different time period, life and culture. American Girls began in the early 1990s with five girls.
Felicity Merriman, a 1774 colonial girl
Kirsten Larson, a Swedish immigrant girl in 1854 who travels west
Addy Walker, an African American girl in 1864 during the the Civil War
Samantha Parkington, is an orphan girl adopted into a wealthy family living in New York city in 1904
Molly McIntyre, a WWII homefront girl
Josephina Montoya, a hispanic girl living in New Mexico in 1834
Kaya, a girl of the Nez Perce living in 1764
Kit Kittredge, a girl living during the depression in 1934
Julie Albright, a girl living in 1974
American Girl stories are a unique blend of history (without being too dry and dull) and narrative (without being unrealistic or fanciful). Each girl is depicted as a typical child of the era. All the historical events of the day affect the girls’ lives. The stories are woven with allusions to events, people, ideas, issues and culture of the day. In the back of each book is little compendium showing and explaining tools, artifacts, toys, household items that were a part of each girl’s world.
For each American girl there are six basic stories, a cookbook, a craft book and a theater kit along with a doll. At Americangirl.com you can shop for yourself and your doll, but you can do a whole lot more on the website, too! You can visit each of the nine American Girls webpages and play games based upon the stories, time periods and girls’ lives. You can print puzzles, coloring pages, games, crafts, bookmarks, calendars and much more. You can play with Coconut and Licorice, a puppy and kitten who are friends of the American Girls. You can print scrapbooks, take a Doll’s Journey around the world where you can learn about girls around the world. There are recipes, games and crafts from American Girl magazine as well.
Come play with Kit Kittredge, Kaya, Felicity, Josephina, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, Molly and Julie at Americangirl.com!