Can you believe it has been 35 years since American Girl dolls were originally released? Inspired by a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, creator Pleasant T. Rowland developed the idea of these exclusive dolls with books at the heart of the collection. In the years since their creation, the dolls have developed into Truly Me dolls and Create Your Own as well as modern dolls like GOTY 2021 Kira Bailey, who deals with contemporary issues. However, at the heart of the company, the original concept focused on featuring historical dolls, such as my childhood favorite, Kirsten Larson.
You can check out my unboxing and reaction to receiving the new 35th anniversary Kirsten Larson doll in my video below. I always check comments, so if you leave one, I will make sure to respond!
Nostalgia is a powerful thing. This was the toy I played with as a child. Seeing her face, hair, outfit, and the original book cover brought me back in time. I could remember playing with her, traveling with her when my family moved overseas, and staying up late reading her book. Since she travels across the world in her book too, the plot meant a lot to me when I was younger.
Years ago when I went to college, I donated my Kirsten Larson doll. Never would I have dreamed that I would have started my own camp featuring American Girl dolls so I could stay at home with my kids!
Ever since I began teaching students how to make doll movies last summer, I missed my original Kirsten doll. When I received the newly released version, sentimental memories flooded my mind.
She has accompanied me to my American Girl Writing & Acting Summer Camp classes ever since! I even added fun American Girl Dance Classes and Trivia classes for some extra opportunities to share how wonderful she is with other American Girl fans.
Many of the lessons the authors included in the book were similar to my own 35 Lesson I Learned from American Girl, which I wrote before I received the book, and it shows how universal these lessons are. Anyone regardless of their background can connect with the themes in these doll’s stories.
It’s a valuable lesson to treasure a doll so dearly as a special, collectable doll, and then to read their stories and learn of the challenges they faced that are so different from your own. All the doll’s stories benefit the children who own them by helping them become more compassionate and empathetic. These lifelong lessons fit perfectly with dolls you should keep for a lifetime.