Monday, August 13, 2012

I'm Giving Away a Matilda Doll - Do You Know Your History?

We are only a couple weeks away from the drawing for the Matilda, A Girl for All Times Doll, so I thought with all the attention which has been on England with the Olympics, I'd talk today about this doll and genealogy. One of the unique features to this beautiful doll is the way it follows a family through the history of England. Not only is Matilda a beautiful doll for a girl to play with, but she encourages learning as well! Learning about the "history" of Matilda and her family, learning about the real history of England and learning your own history as well!

In the case of Matilda, she is the first in the line of Marchmont girls whose "history" these dolls bring to "life". Matilda's story is set in Tudor times in England during the reign of King Henry the VIII. As a girl reads the story and plays with the doll, she will be able to learn interesting things about the real history of England in Tudor times - such as information about the wives of King Henry, life in the palace and life for "common" people in Tudor times.

As a girl learns about the families of the A Girl for All Times dolls, she may be encouraged to learn about her own family history. 

I thought it would be fun to share a little of my own family history with you! My sister and mother have studied our family's genealogy and, my! The history and stories they have discovered! They traced my mother's mother's family all the way back to William I, the Conqueror, King of England and Robert I, King of France! We have a royal "Matilda" in our family line . . . Matilda, Princess of England and then Queen in 1103-1169! We can also trace this family back to Kings Henry the I, the II and the III.

We have an ancestor who was kidnapped from near Inverness, Scotland, at age 14 while tending his father's sheep. He was thrown on a ship and sent to America where he was sold as an indentured servant and lived next-door to William Penn's daughter, Leticia. This line in my family connects to James Fennimore Cooper . . . maybe this is where I get my love of writing? :^) We have pirates and revolutionaries in our family background . . . one family had to trade the family farm to a cousin for a fast horse and flee Canada after a failed attempt to overthrow the government (they weren't "fond" of the other options - being thrown in prison, sent to Australia or hung!)

I love how the A Girl for All Times dolls encourage imagination and fun along with learning history - both imagined and real! Matilda is a beautiful doll and is sure to be loved by any girl who receives her! I'm giving this doll away in a drawing on September 1, 2012! If you have followed grandma's cookie jar with Google Friend Connect and/or "Follow grandma's cookie jar by email", then you are entered in the drawing which will be on September 1, 2012. If you have not done either, please take a moment to do so and you will be entered in the drawing - twice if you do both! In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry - please comment to let me know when you share so I can give you your additional entry! Please also follow grandma's cookie jar on facebook if you haven't already with the tab in the box ON THE BLOG which says, "find us on facebook"! Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know!


  1. She is beautiful, please count me in on this great doll giveaway.

  2. I want this doll so badly! I just can't afford her :/

    1. Far off daring sword fights, adventures, even royalty!!! We enjoyed reading about your "personal history."
      We LOVE genealogy because it is just that our very own history!!!
      EXCITING to think that in some small way, learning where an ancestor was in historical events is almost like a tiny part of you was there!!!

  3. My Grandfather's side of the family is from England and his name John Henry (the 4th even) We would love to have Matilda as part of our family!

  4. I "shared" and "tweeted" again! Some members of my family have actually taken to trip to England and walked where our ancestors walked. This doll is beautiful!!

  5. Matilda is beautiful - I'm so delighted for the opportunity to give her away! Thank you all for reading grandma's cookie jar! :^)

  6. I'm a GFC follower and email subscriber.