Monday, October 17, 2011

American Girl Doll Give-Away! - Please Help Spread the News!

First of all, I'd like to thank you for reading my blog! I have been writing grandma's cookie jar for almost six months and have so appreciated your feedback! As we move into the next six months, I'd like to ask for your help in spreading the news about grandma's cookie jar! Please share this blog with the people you know! While I write it as a grandma for grandmas, it is also for grandpas, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandaunts, granduncles, grandneighbors, grandfriends . . . for anyone! 

I love to give things away on this blog, and am happy to announce I'm giving away one of the new American Girl Dolls - Marie-Grace! You can get entries in this special drawing - which will be on December 1st - by first of all, "liking" this blog using the tab in the "find us on facebook" box ON THE BLOG - if you have already done this, then you have one entry! If you share each of my posts from now through November using the "share" button on my facebook posts, you'll get an additional entry each time! I'll be keeping careful track and on December 1st I'll have the drawing! Please join in the fun and please encourage the people you know to do the same!

I first became acquainted with American Girl dolls when my daughter was 8 years old - I'm sure you can imagine why! American Girl dolls are truly heirloom-quality dolls. The new
American Girl doll for this Fall is actually two dolls, Marie-Grace and Cecile. I had the opportunity to review Marie-Grace as AG sent me one for review. American Girl describes these dolls in the following way; "These dolls are set in New Orleans in 1853, and the girls they represent, one white and one black, show the power of friendship and community as they reach across the boundaries of race and class to help their families, friends, and city during a time of great need. Despite different backgrounds and life stories, C├ęcile (a bold, confident girl from a well-to-do African American family), and shy, caring Marie-Grace (who has just moved back to New Orleans with her father), form a unique bond through their shared love of music. Later, their growing friendship deepens as they work together to help their community during the yellow fever epidemic that sweeps through New Orleans in 1853."

I found the Marie-Grace doll to be charming and, as is expected of American Girl, made with great attention to detail. She is, "18 inches tall with light skin, aquamarine eyes, and long brown hair styled in braids and tied back with ribbons. She arrives in a plaid, pink taffeta dress trimmed with lace, white pantalettes, knee-length stockings, and two-tone boots, and comes with a Meet Marie-Grace paperback book written by Sarah Masters Buckey."

The accompanying story book shows a girl who struggles to fit in a new community and school as she tries to make friends and has to deal with bullying. The story also gives the reader a look at life during a time before the Civil War when many black people were slaves and those who were "free people of color" while free, were still segregated from those who were white.

American Girl dolls have been a much-loved part of growing up for many girls since 1986 for good reason. These dolls are beautiful, tell a story and create new memories as they encourage girls to, as American Girls says, " celebrate girls. We embrace who they are today and look forward to who they will become tomorrow."

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