Trends come and go but some brands are timeless. I loved playing with American Girl dolls as a child and my girls love playing with them now. Getting out all my old AG outfits and accessories brings back the fun memories I made as a child. American Girl has changed a lot over the years but their characters remain classics, with both modern and historical stories that girls can relate to and learn from.
One of my favorite American Girl characters is Felicity Merriman and I was super bummed when they archived this classic character. American Girl re-released the Felicity doll and story set as a 2017 BeForever character, complete with her own historical outfits and accessories that girls love. Felicity Merriman’s story is based in colonial Williamsburg in 1774. Although a much simpler time with much less technology, America was on the brink of the Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783) and in the midst of political upheaval.
Felicity is a tomboyish and adventurous girl for her age in her era and is annoyed by her lack of freedom and the ladylike manner expected of her. Felicity believes in fighting for what she wants and sometimes wavers between being brave and foolish in her actions. Her story brings to life a past wartime historical era that girls can connect with. I think it’s great for kids to learn about history in memorable ways that help them related to events from the past.
The Felicity American Girl doll comes with a darling blue dress that is gathered in the back and accented on the front with a contrasting yellow panel. Embroidery was a popular way of decorating dresses in colonial Williamsburg, often coordinating bright jewel colors and bold patterns.
I love the look of this 1774 style dress and unique details like the bustle in the back and colorful floral pattern. Felicity also comes with simple leather buckle shoes and white socks.
American Girl Felicity’s accessories kit, sold separately, includes a straw hat, white bonnet and shawl, and her coral bead necklace.
American Girl also introduced modern character Z Yang on April 27. “Z” (short for Suzie) is Korean American and a stop-motion vlogger character, representing more diverse backgrounds and creative interests girls have today.
Z Yang is being brought to life for fans who have come to know and love her as the star of American Girl’s immensely popular web series, Z’s Crew. She lives in Seattle and loves staying connected with friends and sharing a good story through her stop motion videos.
Other new American Girl characters include band mates Tenney and Logan and the 2017 American Girl of the Year Gabriela McBride.
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The first three original American Girl specials for Prime Video are now available to stream, featuring BeForever historical-inspired characters Melody Ellison and Maryellen Larkin.
Set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement, award-winning An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win examines the joyful life and troubled times of 10-year-old African-American girl Melody McBride whose vivid imagination and creativity reinforce her optimism. When shocking national events threaten her sense of security, Melody must find inner strength to restore her hope for a better world.
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An American Girl Story – Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas tells the story of middle child Maryellen Larkin who longs to stand out amidst the hustle and bustle of her big family. When Benji, a family friend afflicted with polio comes to stay with them, Maryellen is intent on making the holiday special. After her plans for a big celebration fall through, she discovers the best gifts are often simple, meaningful gestures of friendship.
An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance features Ivy Ling, a 10-year-old Chinese-American girl who struggles with finding a balance between her two cultural identities: Chinese and American. When her gymnastics all-city tournament lands on the same day her parents are hosting a big Chinese New Year dinner, Ivy is torn between competing with her team and honoring her family obligations. She works through her struggles with her best friend, Julie Albright, who is dealing with her own emotional turmoil from parents’ divorce. Ivy must make a hard choice and learns that being true to yourself is the best way to land on your feet. Watch the Trailer >
We love American Girl because of the beautiful dolls and classic stories. I’m excited to read some of the same stories to my girls that I read when I was young, as well as introduce them to some of the new American Girl stories! American Girl encourages kids to be adventurous and fight for what they believe in. We love collecting the different characters and dressing them up in the wide variety of outfits offered by American Girl, each featuring gorgeous details. What is your favorite thing about the American Girl brand?
Katie is a writer and influencer based in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. She enjoys DIY projects, photography, decorating and going on family adventures. She feels blessed to be a wife, a stay-at-home mom to three kids and a Pacific Northwest lifestyle blogger.