Monday, July 20, 2009

American Girls: Kirsten

My family had a tradition of buying an American Girl doll for each of the granddaughters in the family when they got to an appropriate age. When I was very young, for my birthday, I was asked what type of doll I would like. At that point there were only three dolls available. Samantha, Molly, and Kirsten.

I chose Kirsten because she had blonde hair and was Swedish just like me. Usually I never found anything really pertaining to Sweden or Swedish people so for me, this was fascinating, a pretty doll and an entire series of books all about a Swedish girl!

I received the doll and for each holiday and birthday I received dresses for Kirsten. To me, she was one of my best friends. Countless days were spent with that doll. I recall throwing her a birthday party and laying with her under the trees in our yard on hot summer days.

I reread the books a few weeks ago. Once more, a moment to jump back into the past and have a stirring of my memories. The books are fantastic and not only entertaining for children. Reading the book I was able to see what life during the 1900's was like and not only for those living in America but fresh new immigrants of America.

The books also gave little history lessons on the lives of Swedish people and the lives of Americans in the 1900's. Schooling, Christmas, winter, birthday festivities. I have yet to find a book that gives me a brief history lesson in as much of an entertaining way as these books did.

I have not read all of the other books that American Girls now have but I fully intend on introducing the series to my daughter (shall I ever have one). They are great books with strong female characters who go on adventures and make tough decisions. The girls are real, experiencing real life issues that some children can relate to. It's a positive way to get children interested in reading but also introducing them to a positive way to play.


  1. Hi there - I have been casually looking for a blog like this for a while, and found you from Busy Bee Lauren. Can't wait to read past and future book reviews! :)

  2. I came to your blog from Busy Bee Lauren's blog also and I thrilled that this is the post I came to. Kirsten was my first American Girl doll when I was about 7 years old. I also had many fun times with her when I was younger. I have had the books in my basement for years and have never thought to reread the books again. It's been years since I've read them, maybe it's time to pick one up again =) This has brought back many memories from my childhood, Thank You!!

  3. Oh my goodness! I grew up reading the American Girls books and that sounds like the same time you read them the first time. My parents bought me Kirsten and she is so wonderfully made and I adore the characters and their history. I received Addy too, but I was too old by then but I still love them. This was a good reminder to collect the books and dolls from my parents next time I'm home. I also found you from Lauren's site.

  4. Thanks to Busy Bee Lauren for the introduction! I grew up with these books too, and look forward to passing them on to my 6 year old daughter!
    p.s. I loved your piece about Harry Potter!


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