Saturday, April 22, 2017

Which Historical Pet?

I have a soft spot in my heart for the historical pets. I have ever since I was a little girl, and one of my "rules" in collecting is that all my girls will (eventually) have their pets. This rule is holding true with my moddies as I branch off this from my historicals this year too. I just like adorable plush animals. 

This week's poll asks you which historical pet is your favorite, and there are many to choose from. Vote for your favorite on the poll on the right side of the blog, and I'll announce the fan favorite after it closes.


Nanea's Book Covers

Nanea's book covers have released, and this leak has really given my excitement a huge boost. I still wish I could get my hands on one before her release, but now I have some absolutely amazing outfits to look forward to. (As long as American Girl releases them. Looking at you, AG.)







That hula outfit is breathtaking, and she might have one of my favorite AG swimsuits ever. I'm even loving the color of books. Four months seems long time to wait to get my hands on the Nanea and her stories, but I'm looking forward to it! (And 4 months worth of leaks.)



~Mrs. D

Poll Results: Who Wore It Better, Kit's Play Dress?

After posting the #whoworeitbetteramericangirl contest on my Instagram I decided to share the images here on the blog too. It seemed like as good a reason as any to do another poll. 

No surprise, as in the Instagram contest, Melody came out on top with 75% of the votes! That girl can rock anything. Addy, Gabby, Kaya, Kit, Mei, and even our Bitty Twin also received votes, but the beautiful Dee Dee reigns supreme! 

Now that I have the Cat's Meow outfit from Our Generation I think I'll be doing another Who Wore It Better contest soon. Until then, keep your eyes open for another poll that I'll post in the next day or two. 

~Mrs. D


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Introducing...

...Hannelore Guliana Mairi Lennox!



Like I did with Mei, I am going to post a short bio now and then post a longer one when I have all of the details figured out. (I still haven't posted Mei's long bio yet either. I'm getting there!)

Age: 11

Birthday: May, 28, 2005

Family: Daddy, Mama, and Bonnie (6 year old sister). Her Mama's parents both passed away before she was born, and her Daddy's parents live back East. (They immigrated from Scotland before having children, over 30 years ago.)

Location: The Lennox family just recently moved to Colorado. They have also lived in Ohio, Florida, and Idaho due to Hannelore's father being in the military.

Pets: A huge himilayan cat and 2 rabbits.

Favorite Books: The Secret Garden and Little Women.

Favorite Colors: Pink, grey, and yellow.

Favorite American Girl(s): Marisol, who her mother bought for her the year she was born, and Kit, who is from Ohio where Hannelore was born.

Hogwarts House: Gryffindor.

Random Fact: When she was little, Hannelore was convinced that her mother, whose name is Mary, was the Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden. This was supported by the fact that both of her maternal grandparents passed away before she was born and her mother had no brothers or sisters.



Hannelore used to be a used Julie that I landed in a lot off a local BST site. Julie hadn't been on my wish list, as my plan had always been to get Ivy for my 70's doll (more on that front in a later post), but this one fell in my lap. Her hair was like straw, and she has a scrape on her nose, but it gave me a chance to try my first hot water dunk. It turned out really well, and I am enjoying this character that she is developing into as Hannelore. (She was almost a Malcolm...Long story. More on that later too.)

I have more to post about her, but her detailed bio won't go up until I've posted Mei's. The two of them know one another though, as Hannelore's family moved in next to Mei's grandparents. The girls met the first day of Spring Break and quickly sparked up a friendship. Their story is going to be fun.

~Mrs. D

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Nanea's Books

It looks like there is finally some information out there about Nanea's books, though I can't say that I'm thrilled. 

Amazon has posted the titles, pre-order information, and synopsis of all three of Nanea's books, but those of us hoping for an early release of the first novel like we got with Melody are going to be disappointed. Unless the dates change for some reason, it looks like we'll have to wait to read Nanea's story, as the release date for all three books isn't until August 24th. I really enjoyed having Melody's first book early last year, because I felt like it gave my family a chance to really know her character before going to her release, which made it even more exciting to be picking up our doll, but it doesn't look like we'll have that chance with Nanea. 

Still, it's pretty exciting to have some more information about the new BeForever character!




From Amazon: Nine-year-old Nanea may be the youngest in her family, but she still wants to "dip her paddle in" and be useful. She knows she's grown-up enough to help in her grandparents' market. But before she can prove that she's ready for more responsibility, the unthinkable happens: Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, the naval base where her father works, and America is at war! With friends and family missing, and rumors of more attacks to come, Nanea worries―will life ever be the same again?



From Amazon: Nanea had hoped that going back to school would make life seem normal again. But everything has changed since the war, including Miss Smith's wonderful classroom. Nanea's dear friend Donna is gone, and now there's a new girl who seems to be getting all of Miss Smith's attention. There are also worries at home as Nanea's big brother talks about joining the Army. Nanea can't bear the thought of him leaving. In the swirl of changes, Nanea turns to hula. Dancing always makes her feel better. Then, Nanea gets a big idea―could hula help lift the spirits of the soldiers, too?



From Amazon: The puka shells jingle in my hand. I don't want to lose them, so I slide the necklace over my head. But as I pull my hair out from under the string of shells, the ground drops from beneath my feet. I feel the whoosh of an ocean breeze, and then a pink mist covers my eyes . . . What if you suddenly found yourself in Nanea's hometown of Honolulu during World War Two? Together, you and Nanea could send secret messages for the war effort or work in a Victory Garden. You could learn how to hula dance or help a lost dog. As you read, you decide what happens by choosing your own path through this multiple-ending story.



Who is getting excited for Nanea? August seems like forever away, however, we have Z's release right around the corner! I'm looking forward to her too. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Poll Results: Choose Your Character

It occurred to me that I never posted the poll results for our last poll which asked you to choose your character from the new releases coming out this year. 




Logan and Tenney had absolutely no votes, which didn't really surprise me, but I was shocked to see that Z Yang also had no votes. I am personally looking forward to learning more about her and her character. 

Felicity came in third with 7% of the votes going to her.

Gabriela got 22% of the votes. Not too shabby, Miss. Gabby. (She most certainly had my vote!)

71% of the vote went to this year's BeForever character Nanea Mitchell. This time last year we didn't yet have Melody's release date, but we had her first book. This time around we have Nanea's release date but absolutely no clue when we can expect to read her story. I am not the most patient person in the world, and I'm chomping at the bit to learn some more about this 1940s girl!

Less than a month until Z Yang's release! Who else will be going to a release event?

~Mrs. D   

Friday, March 24, 2017

Emory & Norman

History tells us that when American Girl trademarks a first and last name together we can usually expect to see a character with that name sometime in the future. Well, ladies and gentleman, it looks like we can expect someone named Emory Van Zant at some point in the American Girl lineup. 



Now the big question is who will Emory be? Traditionally, Emory is a masculine name that hit it's peak of popularity in the early 1900s. Could this mean that American Girl is preparing it's first historical boy doll? Anything is possible, though I'm not sure that it would be a very wise move on their part. Of course, recent trends certainly support the argument that previously masculine names can enjoy amazing popularity when used for little girls too. After completely falling off the charts in the 1970s, Emory started to resurface in the top 1,000 names in America in 2012 making it on both the boy's and girl's list. Since then it has steadily climbed both lists, though it is enjoying more popularity as a girl's name these days. It seems more likely to me, though I could be very wrong, that Emory will be a new Contemporary Character debuting at some point in the next year to 18 months.  

Van Zant looks to be of Dutch, Belgian, and/or German decent depending on which website I punched it into and the spelling variations I found, and there were several. Van Zandt, Vanzant, Vanderzanden...And as much as I love researching names, I didn't find a lot on this one with this particular spelling. I will certainly look into it when I have more time. Regardless, it is exciting to see that there will be another character in the works, though my bank account is hoping that she or he isn't one that has to come home with us. 

Another slightly less mysterious trademark is for a little critter known as Norman the Gopher.



I think it's pretty obvious that Norman will in some way be a part of the Wellie Wisher line, though I could be wrong. It has happened before. Either way, I could see AG coming out with a pretty cute little gopher plush, and I hope it isn't too expensive to warrant coming home with us. I am a sucker for plush animals!

So, what do you think? Who are you hoping that Emory Van Zant will be? Do you think Norman will be a friend for our little Wellie Wishers. Let me know.

~Mrs. D