As 2012 marches forward we’re all making resolutions to be a better version of ourselves… my 8-yr-old daughter included. While she battles the adolescence of her youth, she’s finding just where her weaknesses and struggles lay. This year is a pivotal year for my girl as she learns just what her strengths are and how to build her confidence, while turning challenges into triumphs.
An example of my little fireball of a daughter can be seen through American Girl’s newest doll, and 2012 American Girl of the Year, McKenna Brooks. Through McKenna, girls will discover the power of believing in yourself and your potential to achieve great things. Something that, I’ve found, can be lost at the detrimental age my daughter is in.
Through the character of McKenna Broooks, expect to see a girl who’s determined. She identifies her weakness and uses her OTHER strengths and abilities to succeed. I just love the stories and characters American Girl develops for these young girls today. My daughter has learned so much about herself by reading the books of unique American Girls, some just like herself, that it’s really developed her maturity and confidence since we started collecting. In fact, it’s opened her heart to other cultures and friends, much like the dolls she’s grown to love.
|From top left to right: McKenna Brooks, Cecile and Marie-Grace, Kennedy Bitty Baby Girl, Kanani, Felicity, and, my daughter’s absolute favorite, Abby (the My American Girl Doll version of herself)|
To explore her own special talents, my daughter is participating in the McKenna’s Take the Challenge! strength-finding quiz at americangirl.com/girloftheyear.
Upon completion of the quiz, girls will discover their top three strengths out of a possible eight categories, such as Music & Rhythm, Math & Numbers, and Nature & Animals. After completing ten fun offline challenges that correspond to a particular strength category, girls will receive a trophy. And for each trophy earned, American Girl will donate 25¢ (up to $50,000) to Save the Children’s U.S. Literacy Program. Fun stuff AND charitable donations? Sweet!
American Girl is also introducing a companion book to the McKenna series, Take the Challenge: Crazy Challenges and Silly Thrills to Explore Your Talents and Everyday Skills. The non-fiction activity book is filled with more than 100 challenges, including brain-building games, timed tasks, crafts, and quizzes, to help girls improve their skills and boost their self-confidence.
Available for one year, McKenna will launch with two books that tell her story; a beautiful 18-inch McKenna doll featuring long, caramel-colored hair and blue eyes; and an array of outfits and accessories that bring her world to life. And, extending the fun for girls, an all-new movie based on McKenna’s stories will premiere on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in 2012.
Are you an American Girl Doll Collector? Or should I say, is your daughter? If so, which dolls are your favorite thus far? Most importantly, what do you think of McKenna Brooks as the 2012 American Girl Doll of the Year? I can’t WAIT to watch the movie, once it debuts, with my daughter!
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