8 dolls from various historical eras were reintroduced, as part of the American Girl BeForever collection in 2014. To those of you who have owned and bought American Girl dolls in the past, you might be wondering what this name now means.
In 1986, American Girl historical dolls were originally launched by the Pleasant Company. They featured 3 different 18-inch fashion dolls, Kristin Larson, Samantha Parkington, and Molly McIntire.
One of the main differences between American Girl dolls and any... other doll over time has been that in addition to their beautiful fashions and attention to detail, American Girl dolls arrive with a chapter book. From the very beginning it was important to help inspire little girls, not only in their play, but to teach them as well about good values and even history.
These books give readers insight into various era's of time that each girl lived. They also encourage young girls to dream and achieve. Over the years, more dolls from different eras have been introduced. Some have also been retired and are no longer available to buy.
Over the years, American Girl doll designers have prioritized creating unique stories. They are factual and involve real historians. These dolls can also encourage girls to use what they have learned in their own day-to-day lives when they try to make new friends, try a new craft or activity, or use what they have learned to help others in the community.
There are many other types of dolls available from American Girl. In 2001, the Girl of the Year, a different line of dolls, was debuted. These dolls feature more modern day girls, and are only available for the year, or until they sell out. In 2010, girls were able to design their own dolls with a specific race, hair style and color, eye color, and clothing. Younger girls, ages 5-7 might enjoy playing with the WellieWishers dolls. The Bitty Baby dolls make great first dolls for toddlers.
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Meet the BeForever Dolls
8 dolls are featured in the American Girl BeForever line and they include Kaya, Maryellen, Josefina, Addy, Samantha, Rebecca, Kit and Julie. Dolls in the BeForever line portray the story of a girl, in a distinct era.
Accessories, furniture and historically accurate clothing are available for purchase. Samantha Parkington, one of the original American Girl dolls that retired in 2009, has been rereleased with the BeForever line. Caroline Abbott was retired.
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BeForever Journey Books
While there will continue to be 2 "classic" stories about the girl in her historical period, American Girl is launching the BeForever Journey books. These stories feature a modern day girl who travels back in time to meet the character, and share in the adventure. Readers have the option to choose their own ending.
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New American Girl BeForever Clothing
Utilizing the new inspired clothing of the dolls, these fashionable outfits have been designed specifically for young girls to wear. Each outfit will match their dolls, but also includes modern day flair. Little girls love to wear clothing that matches their dolls.
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American Girl Retail Store Experiences
Aside from specific arts and crafts kits available within retail stores, as with any launch of a new doll, there are special activities for children to partake in when they visit any of the American Girl Place retail stores nationwide. Please visit the website of the store nearest you for the schedule of activities.