American Girl Dolls and Books

Have you met the American Girl Dolls and read their stories?  They are a perfect way to interest your daughter in history.

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   Kaya and her sister, who is blind, are members of the Nez Perce tribe.  The year is 1764 and they live in the northwestern part of what will become the United States.  Kaya is proud of her spirited horse, Steps High, and she has a dog named Tatlo.  In the Nez Perce tribe people were given different names throughout their lifetime as a result of their deeds or events.  Kaya's hero is Swan Circling, a fearless warrior woman.  Kaya dreams of being a leader, but she has many lessons to learn about leaders.

Welcome to Kaya's World 1764:  Growing Up in a Native American Homeland

Meet Kaya by Janet Shaw

Kaya's Escape by Janet Shaw

Kaya's Hero by Janet Shaw

Kaya and Lone Dog by Janet Shaw

Kaya Shows the Way by Janet Shaw

Changes for Kaya by Janet Shaw

Kaya and the River Girl by Janet Shaw

 

   Felicity Merriman and her friend Elizabeth Cole live in Colonial Williamsburg just before the Revolutionary War breaks out (1774).  Loyalists, including Elizabeth's father, were true to the King of England, while Patriots like Felicity's father wanted Independence from England.  Felicity's father owns a general store and has a young apprentice named Ben working for him.  In their time, girls did not attend school but rather learned what they needed to know from their mothers.  Felicity and Elizabeth do have tea lessons and they learn to dance from Miss Manderly.  Felicity also learns that even if people have different beliefs, they can still be friends.  Felicity loves horses, especially a copper colored mare she calls Penny.  In addition to the books about Felicity and Elizabeth, a movie was made about their lives.

                                       

  Welcome to Felicity's World 1774:  Growing Up in Colonial America by Catherine Gourley

   Meet Felicity by Valerie Tripp

   Felicity Learns a Lesson by Valerie Tripp

   Felicity's Surprise by Valerie Tripp

   Happy Birthday, Felicity! by Valerie Tripp

   Felicity Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp

   Changes for Felicity by Valerie Tripp

   Felicity's Dancing Shoes by Valerie Tripp

   Felicity's New Sister by Valerie Tripp

   Felicity Discovers a Secret by Valerie Tripp

   Felicity Takes A Dare by Valerie Tripp

   Josefina Montoya is the youngest of four girls living on a rancho in New Mexico (1824).  In her day girls didn't go to school, but instead learned what they needed to know by helping their mothers at home.  After the death of her Mama, her aunt, Tia Dolores, comes to live with her family.  She learns that new traditions will not erase treasured memories.

   Welcome to Josefina's World 1824: Growing Up on America's Southwest Frontier

   Meet Josefina by Valerie Tripp

   Josefina Learns a Lesson by Valerie Tripp

   Josefina's Surprise by Valerie Tripp

   Happy Birthday, Josefina! by Valerie Tripp

   Josefina Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp

   Changes for Josefina by Valerie Tripp

   Again, Josefina!  by Valerie Tripp

   Josefina's Song by Valerie Tripp

   Just Josefina by Valerie Tripp

   A Reward for Josefina by Valerie Tripp

   Thanks to Josefina by Valerie Tripp

   Kirsten Larson's family came from Ryd, Sweden to the Minnesota frontier to join other members of their family (1854).  On the frontier, families built their homes and barns from logs and made their own furniture.  School is difficult for Kirsten at first because she doesn't speak English.  Kirsten sews quilts with her friends during recess.  She makes friends with a young Indian girl. 

   Welcome to Kirsten's World 1854:  Growing Up in Pioneer America

   Meet Kirsten by Janet Shaw

   Kirsten Learns a Lesson by Janet Shaw

   Kirsten's Surprise by Janet Shaw

   Happy Birthday, Kirsten! by Janet Shaw

   Kirsten Saves the Day by Janet Shaw

   Changes for Kirsten by Janet Shaw

   Kirsten Snowbound

   Kirsten and the New Girl

   Kirsten on the Trail

   Kirsten and the Chippewa

   During the Civil War, the country was divided between North and South.  Children born into slavery often didn't know their birth date, so Addy Walker chooses April 9, 1865, the day the Civil War ends.  The end of the war means big changes for Addy and her family.

   Welcome to Addy's World 1864:  Growing Up During America's Civil War

   Meet Addy by Connie Porter

   Addy Learns a Lesson by Connie Porter

   Addy's Surprise by Connie Porter

   Happy Birthday, Addy! by Connie Porter

   Addy Saves the Day by Connie Porter

   Changes for Addy by Connie Porter

   Samantha Parkington is an orphan who lives with her wealthy Grandmary (Grandmother) in Mount Bedford, New York.  She meets a young girl, named Nellie O'Malley, who works for the people next door.  The year is 1904, the Victorian Age.  The world is changing as new inventions, including the telephone and automobile, become a part of life.  When her Uncle Gardner marries, Samantha goes to live with him and his wife.  Eventually, she is joined by her friend Nellie and Nellie's little sister.  In addition to the books about Samantha and Nellie, a movie was made about their lives. 

                                    

   Welcome to Samantha's World 1904:  Growing Up in America's New Century

   Meet Samantha by Susan S. Adler, Maxine Rose Schur, and Valerie Tripp

   Samantha Learn a Lesson by Susan S. Adler, Maxine Rose Schur, and Valerie Tripp

   Samantha's Surprise by Susan S. Adler, Maxine Rose, and Valerie Tripp

   Happy Birthday, Samantha! by Susan S. Adler, Maxine Rose, and Valerie Tripp

   Samantha Saves the Day by Susan S. Adler, Maxine Rose, and Valerie Tripp

   Changes for Samantha by Susan S. Adler, Maxine Rose, and Valerie Tripp

   Samantha's Special Talent by Sarah Masters Buckey

   Samantha's Winter Party by Valerie Tripp

   Samantha and the Missing Pearls by Valerie Tripp

   Samantha Saves the Wedding by Valerie Tripp

   Samantha's Blue Bicycle by Valerie Tripp

   Samantha's Wedding Memories:  A Scrapbook of Gard and Cornelia's Wedding

   Samantha's Ocean Liner Adventure

   Kit Kittredge lives during the Great Depression (1934) when many families could not afford to pay their rent or buy food.  Kit's Dad loses his job as so many other men have.  Kit's favorite book is Robin Hood and His Adventures.  Her favorite possession is her typewriter.  She writes her own newspaper.  Kit learns that even in bad times, some good things can happen.

   Welcome to Kit's World 1934:  Growing Up During America's Great Depression

   Meet Kit by Valerie Tripp

   Kit Learns a Lesson by Valerie Tripp

   Kit's Surprise by Valerie Tripp

   Happy Birthday, Kit! by Valerie Tripp

   Kit Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp

   Changes for Kit by Valerie Tripp

   Kit's Railway Adventure

   Molly McIntire lives in Jefferson, Illinois during World War II (1944).  Everyone is doing their part to support the war effort.  People collect scrap metal.  Sugar, butter, meat, and gasoline are rationed.  Her Dad is a Doctor and he has volunteered to go to England to care for the troops.  Molly's Mother has gone to work in a factory.  Molly is good at spelling, but not math.  On the weekends, she and her friends go the the movies.  A young girl named Emily Bennett comes from England to live with Molly's family.  Emily's Mother was killed during the bombing in London and her Dad is in the military.  Molly, Emily, and friends learn tap dancing.  In addition to the books about Molly and Emily, their story was made into a movie.

                                          

   Welcome to Molly's World 1944:  Growing Up in World War Two America

   Meet Molly by Valerie Tripp

   Molly Learns a Lesson by Valerie Tripp

   Molly's Surprise by Valerie Tripp

   Happy Birthday, Molly! by Valerie Tripp

   Molly Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp

   Changes for Molly by Valerie Tripp

   Molly Takes Flight by Valerie Tripp

   Molly's A+ Partner by Valerie Tripp

   Molly and the Movie Star by Valerie Tripp

   Molly Marches On by Valerie Tripp

   Molly's Puppy Tale by Valerie Tripp

   Molly's Route 66 Adventure

   Julie Albright and her friend, Ivy Ling, live in San Francisco.  They have been neighbors and best friends since starting school.  Julie likes basketball; Ivy likes gymnastics.  Julie's life changes when her parents get a divorce and she moves to a new school, but she and Ivy find ways to stay in touch.  It's 1974 and Julie's favorite song is by the Beatles.  Julie has a pet rabbit named Nutmeg.  She likes writing in her journal.  Her school doesn't have a girls' basketball team and Coach Manley says she can't play on the boys' team.   

   Meet Julie by Megan McDonald

   Julie Tells Her Story by Megan McDonald

   Happy New Year, Julie by Megan McDonald

   Julie and the Eagles by Megan McDonald

   Julie's Journey by Megan McDonald

   Changes for Julie by Megan McDonald

   Good Luck, Ivy by Lisa Yee 

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