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Kirstens Boxed Set by Janet Beeler ShawI havent read these books since I was a kid. I think I was ten when I got my Kirsten doll for Christmas. At the time, I was really into the Little House on the Prairie books and I was really excited to get my doll.
Unfortunately, I actually had to return my doll soon after getting her when her eyelashes began to fall out. But I soon got a replacement and she became one of my fondest childhood toys. My sister and I would play with our dolls for hours (she had Samantha) making up new stories and adventures for them. I cant remember when I got the boxed set of all her books. It might have been that Christmas, but I think it was a bit later.
Which didnt matter much, since Id already devoured all the American Girl books that I could find at the school library. I can even remember where they were. As you came in the door you would turn right and go around the circular computer desk. Behind the bulky Macintosh computers, on the bottom shelf - where you had to wedge yourself past the computer chairs - were the American Girl books.
Not too long ago, I picked up my books from Moms house. Ive been feeling rather nostalgic for my childhood favorites (unfortunately, I also recently found out that my huge collection of Nancy Drews are long gone). Along with the box set of Kirstens books, I also have Felicitys box set.
Rereading these books was quite a trip. Theyre written in very simple language, as youd expect for books marketed to ten-year-olds. The books themselves are slim - around 60 pages each - and focus on six focal events in the main American Girls life: the introduction, school, Christmas, tenth birthday, an act of heroism, and the final moving forward book. In the case of Kirsten, we follow her as her family immigrates from Sweden to Minnesota and they work to build a new life.
The thing that surprised me most in rereading Kirstens stories was the sheer amount of terrible things that happen to Kirsten. Honestly, theyre kind of horrible. In the first book, Kirstens best friend Marta - whose family immigrates from Sweden with hers - dies of cholera...after they reach America. Its really quite tragic and heartbreaking. As the books move on, Kirsten befriends a Native American girl, Singing Bird, only to have her move West; Kirstens mother almost dies in childbirth; a tornado sweeps through the farm; Kirsten and her little brother are attacked by a black bear; Kirsten and her father almost perish in a winter blizzard; their cabin burns down; and Kirsten and her older brother come across a dead man in the woods.
I cant believe how many bad things happen to this poor girl! I dont remember such bad luck befalling any other American Girl. To top things off, Kirstens at the root of half the terrible things that happen to her family. She foolishly puts her little brother and herself in danger when they get attacked by the bear and its her fault that the family cabin burns down.
Yet, in the end, its hard work, perseverance, and a good amount of luck that gets her family through their first year in America. And, much as I did so many years ago, I ate the books up. However simply written, however frustratingly foolish Kirsten can be, I still enjoyed reading the books. I felt transported back to my childhood: reading curled up in bed or on the bus to and from school. Playing with Kirsten and Samantha dolls (and later our two Felicities) around the farm.
It was a happy childhood, caught up in the world of our imaginations, and in rereading these books, it was like being ten again. Really, I cant ask more than that from a handful of paperback books.
*Note: I have the dark burgundy boxed set with the classic white paperback covers.
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The dolls portray eight- to eleven-year-old girls of a variety of ethnicities. They are sold with accompanying books told from the viewpoint of the girls. Originally the stories focused on various periods of American history, but were expanded in to include contemporary characters and stories, the latest addition being WellieWishers, a line of This product line aims to teach aspects of American history through a six book series from the perspective of a nine-year-old girl living in that time period. Although the books are written for the eight-to-thirteen-year-old target market, they endeavor to cover topics such as child labor , child abuse , poverty , racism , slavery , alcoholism , animal abuse , and war in manners appropriate for the understanding and sensibilities of the company's target market.
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