If you grew up with American Girl dolls in the early ’90s, you would be familiar with the classic dolls, such as Samantha, Kirsten, Addy, Felicity and Molly. Over time, the Historical Characters line from American Girl doll has been rebranded, with some of the characters becoming archived. Even though the modern looking Truly Me dolls have a certain appeal, the BeForever doll line continues to expand. When you are looking for a doll that teaches about history, these dolls are classic. Most important, they also teach about how to have empathy, confidence, and bravery.

Meet Melody: An American Girl Doll With Big Motown Dreams

In August 2016, American Girl debuted a highly anticipated new addition, Melody Ellison. In the Detroit-based plot of the book No Ordinary Sound: A Melody Classic, you can picture what life was like in Motor City in the 1960’s, as you can almost hear the Ford cars driving by on the road while you read the page-turning first story in her series. This story of Melody shows the big Motown dreams of a young girl. If you love inspirational stories, this one is well worth checking out to better understand the newest BeForever doll.

American Girl Debuts A New BeForever Doll

With retro clothing and a classic American Girl doll smile, Melody looks as stylish as she does friendly. To fit in the historical context of her times, she wears a mod shift dress that has a simple shape, a bow, and vibrant blue and green colors. She has medium length hair and bangs. 

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Since many of the American Girl dolls from the BeForever collection are from the 1700s to the early 1900s, children can find it refreshing to learn about life in the mid-1900s. The 1960’s were an era of change that many children find interesting and appealing.

Melody: A Girl Who Uses Her Talents

Melody is a girl with many talents, and she is wise enough to know to use them. Since she comes from a very musical family, she can sing and play piano. Eagerly, she anticipates singing her first solo. She knows that hard work will help her become a better singer, but she is frustrated and discouraged when she sees another girl who stands to sing with a natural, beautiful and effortless confidence. Will she ever be as naturally talented as other girls seem to be?

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As the story continues, Melody realizes that everyone has a talent to improve. As Melody overcomes her nervousness in order to sing in front of others, she gains a confidence that can inspire young readers everywhere.

One of the best parts of the BeForever line is that each doll shows children how to be more compassionate, more outspoken, and more bold. If you want to instill a good-natured attitude in your child, Melody is the right doll for you.

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About The Author


Theresa has been writing since 2010 in magazines and online. Her lifestyle and parenting expertise has been featured in publications, including ShopSmart and Scholastic. She earned an M.Ed in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt as well as a BA in History from Flagler College, and she is a certified teacher.

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20 Responses

  1. Kecia

    I think it’s great to include a history lesson in with a fun doll like Melody! Children don’t realize they are learning, but yet they can retain the information and know what it was like to live back then.

  2. Logan

    Melody is so adorable! My daughter is just now starting to really get into baby dolls and I can’t wait to buy her an American Girl Doll. I had Samantha growing up and adored her.

  3. Jena Proctor

    I adore these dolls, I had two as a little girl and will pass them on to my girls when they are a little older. Melody is lovely!

  4. karen

    Love this BeForever line! What a great vibe to remind girls about their strength! Melody is a fabulous doll that any girl or boy would be lucky to have!

  5. Kim

    She is adorable. These were so popular when I was younger and I love that they are still around. Motown theme is fun!

  6. Debra

    She is so darling, I had an American Girl Doll when I was a girl and they will always have a special place in my heart.

  7. OurFamilyWorld

    Melody is adorable. I love that these dolls show children how to be compassionate, outspoken, and bold. What a great gift idea for Christmas.

  8. Terri Steffes

    She’s a beauty! I love that era of clothing and they did a great job of dressing her. I love her story, too. It must be told!

  9. Krystel@planningthemagic

    I love American dolls. I love the history and story behind each of them. I love how they do such a great job at getting dolls from all different types of backgrounds and tell you their story. Melody is a great addition!

  10. Di Hickman

    Not being American (I grew up in England) I have to say I never about these dolls till we moved here. I love that each one has a different story and message!

  11. Tabitha

    I used to be obsessed with American Girl dolls! I love that they’re still bringing new ones out! I had Samantha and she was the best!

  12. CourtneyLynne

    Omg love the new doll!!!! We love American Girl dolls! They were a favorite of mine too when I was a kid!

  13. Taylor Mobley

    I had 13 American Girl Dolls growing up. I loved them SO much. I kept all of them so that I can give them to my daughters one day. 🙂 I love this new doll!

  14. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com

    Love this doll and American Girl! My daughter is such a huge fan and I think she will love Melody!

  15. Caroline

    Melody is awesome! I grew up on American Girl dolls and the books too! Love that they are still around! I can’t wait til I’m older and having kids so my future daughter can love them as much as I did!


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