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Later Elementary School: Toys
 
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  American Girl & American Girl of Today

( American Girl $$84$ ) This company has made its name with exquisite dolls from different periods in American history. New for 2001 is Kit Kittredge, a nine-year old growing up in the Depression Era. There are books for each doll—a wonderful way to introduce history to kids. The American Girl of Today collection allows you to choose one of 20 contemporary-looking dolls with Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, and Asian American skin tones and features. 7 & up. SNAP INFO: A wheel chair is available for the American Girl doll. It's sturdy and a welcome addition to an excellent line. You can order the doll of your choice with skin, eye and hair color to match your child. Age: Early School Years, Late School Years. Phone: . Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 1997 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award

 

  American Girl Elizabeth

( American Girl $$87$doll with book ) The American Girl collection of dolls each comes with a book that introduces girls to a bit of history through stories. Elizabeth is an English girl from a prominent Loyalist family (and best friend of well-known Felicity). She’s 18" tall with long blond hair and blue eyes. Still top rated, Nellie O’Malley (Samantha’s best friend). PLATINUM AWARD ’05. 7 & up. (800) 845-0005. Age: Early School Years, Late School Years. Phone: . Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2006

 

  American Girl Jess

( American Girl $$87$ ) Jess, is this year's Girl of the Year from American Girl's contemporary collection of dolls. She's an Amerasian, 18" tall with dark brown eyes and her hair comes in loose braids. Her dad is Irish American and her mom is Japanese American. While the book points out that they come from different backgrounds, they both love archeology. Her family goes to Belize so the accessories that you can also add include a passport, a camera and a kayak. Age: Early School Years, Late School Years. Phone: . Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2007

 

  American Girl Kailey

( American Girl $$84$ ) The company alternates each year between historic dolls and current dolls. This year, Kailey is a very California girl with long blond hair and boogie board! Her story focuses on saving the tide pools from a local developer. Still top rated, Kaya, the first Native American doll from the Nez Perce people in the collection. PLATINUM AWARD '03. 7 & up. Age: Late School Years. Phone: . Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2004

 

  American Girl Kaya

( American Girl $$84$ ) Pleasant Company continues to make exquisite multiethnic dolls from different periods in American history with books for each doll-a wonderful way to introduce history to kids. New for 2003, Kaya, the first Native American doll from the Nez Perce people in the collection. 7 & up. Age: Early School Years, Late School Years. Phone: . Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2003

 

  American Girl Lindsey

( American Girl $$84$ ) Lindsey is first in a line of annual featured dolls that will only be available for the year. Lindsey has curly auburn hair and sporty clothes. Her interests are in finding her lost dog. Her book (which was not available at press time) and accessories are extra. Pleasant Company continues to make exquisite multiethnic dolls from different periods in American history with books and period clothes and furnishings for each doll. A wonderful way to introduce history to kids. If you are looking for a patriotic theme this year, consider Molly a girl of the 40's and WWII. 7 and up. Age: Early School Years, Late School Years. Phone: . Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2002

 

  American Girl Nellie O’Malley

( American Girl $$84$ ) The company alternates each year between historic dolls and current dolls. This year, they introduce Samantha's best friend, Nellie. With a big blue bow in her strawberry blonde hair and a white dress with matching blue sash, she’s the image of an Irish girl of 1906. Her story focuses on her promise to care for her younger sisters when her mother dies. Still top rated, Kaya, the first Native American doll from the Nez Perce people in the collection. PLATINUM AWARD ’03. 7 & up. (800) 845-0005. Age: Early School Years, Late School Years. Phone: . Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2005

 

  Fashion Angels Living Dolls

( Fashion Angels Enterprises $$20$each ) A funky collection of multicultural dolls that have eclectic clothing, e.g., printed canvas sneakers paired with embroidered denim jackets with lacy skirts. There’s Lulu, Debo, Bebe and Izzy – all are poseable dolls and can exchange both clothes and wigs (a new twist in toyland). We wonder if the wigs were inspired by all those home shopping network wig segments (ok, sometimes we do watch way too much television.) Age: Early School Years, Late School Years. Phone: (800) 492-3237. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2007

 

  Girls from Many Lands: Neela Doll & Book

( Pleasant Company $$50$ ) One of a new collection of Girls from Many Lands, Neela is dressed in the orange sari and gold jewelry that she wears to her sister's wedding in 1939 when the world was about to plunge into World War II and India's Freedom Fighters were looking for their independence from the British Empire. Neela, the doll and her story (Victory Song written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni) are for older school aged girls. She is not a play doll, but one for display as part of a collection. Her adventure portrays a girl with gumption who questions traditions and yearns to play a role in her country's history. We look forward to reviewing other books and dolls in this new series. There will be dolls and books set in Alaska in 1890, China in 1857, France in 1711 and England in 1592. 9-12. Age: Late School Years. Phone: (800) 845-0005. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2003

 

  Hopscotch Hill School Collection

( Pleasant Company $$48$ ) A new collection of dolls (and books) targeted at girls just beginning school. Unlike the American Girl collection, these multicultural dolls are bendable. The books address school related issue (e.g., sharing, handwriting). The books are not "beginner" readers, but for independent readers (or as read-alouds). Age: Early School Years, Late School Years. Phone: (800) 845-0005. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2004

 

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