|Linnea and author Valerie Tripp|
It's a Molly McIntyre doll, in case you are wondering.
For those of you who don't know, the American Girl dolls were created many years ago as an alternative to Barbie and other high fashion dolls which promote a distorted self image for impressionable young girls. In contrast, American Girl dolls look very much like wholesome little girls.
They are great, by the way! Their clothes and accessories reflect real girls' lives and activities.
To see them, you need only click on the Pleasant Piper link to the right. My niece Linnea has a wonderful way with these dolls and her photos and stories about her AG doll, Piper and friends, will delight you!
So, when Linnea had the opportunity to meet America Girl story author Valerie Tripp recently, she was thrilled.
Ms. Tripp has authored 27 American Girl books, including the six books about Felicity, who lived in Williamsburg, Virginia during colonial times.
Ms. Tripp has also authored the six books about Josefina, an Hispanic girl who grew up in New Mexico in 1824...
Linnea admits Kit is one of her favorites!
Molly isn't that far removed in time from my own childhood, and my mom was a teenager during the German occupation of Norway during WWII, so I grew up on WWII stories. In that way, I feel a kinship of sorts with Molly.
As a totally off the wall side note, Molly's glasses fit my cat, Jack, perfectly.
The only reason I haven't posted any pictures of him wearing them, are because he slips them off as soon as I slip them on. He's no dummy. He knows he doesn't need glasses and he doesn't want the neighborhood kitties calling him 'four eyes' or any other derogatory epithets! (Yes, I'm sure that's why he won't leave them on!)
American Girl dolls are a great way to learn about history, but they are also just plain fun. I think my Molly doll already has more clothes than I do.
But I digress...
It's always exciting to meet your favorite authors, and Valerie Tripp has had a great influence for good on several generations of little girls. That makes her a real hero in my book!