Dust from the Book Fairy

American Girl

Posted on: 19 June 2008

Morning Edition did a story about an upcoming movie based on the American Girl series of books. I just listened to it now, and got a thrill in the middle of doing the dishes.  (Mark this day on your calendar people!  Thrilled while doing dishes–an historic event!)  Now, I wonder what I can promise my husband to induce him to take me to this movie?

I LOVED these books as a child.  I think I read through the entire series multiple times–Borrow my limit from my school library, read them THAT NIGHT (or better yet, during school), return them in the morning, get more, lather, rinse, repeat, lather, rinse, repeat. I rediscovered them in my school library, and it’s still really difficult for me to read through that section of shelves without reading a couple. AGAIN.

As a kid, I got the American Girl catalogs in the mail.  I’m not sure if this was a failing in their marketing research or not.  There was no way in heckola my parents would have ever paid that much for a doll for me, much less for any of the stuff that you can get to go with it, but I loved drooling over the catalogs when they came.  If I’d been in charge of the checkbook, the company would have been well repaid for their postage.  Alas, it was not to be.  Couldn’t even talk my grandparents into one of the dolls. Sigh.

In the Morning Edition piece, a 26-year-old woman talks about her doll, Kit, which the movie is based on.   She still has it, of course, and recited some of the details of Kit’s story. Even though I never owned one of the dolls, I still remembered a lot about my favorite one–Samantha. She had the best clothes.  I wonder if there will be a series of movies–I hope they do her story next.


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