While most American Girl dolls live in an interesting historical era, the 2009 model, Chrissa, is a contemporary girl coping with fourth-grade bullies (“relational aggression”) at her new school. In addition to books, Chrissa will star in an HBO movie.
Mamapundit, a fan of plucky Kit, the Great Depression doll, thinks Chrissa is a dud.
. . . American Girl dolls teach their young owners about important stuff like slavery, Native American heritage, life on the homefront during WWII and living as an orphan during the Victorian period. The dolls, along with the books that come with them, really do manage to teach some history as they entertain little girls.
Bullying isn’t new, she argues.
Isn’t there anything more notable about our era for girls to learn about than “relational aggression?”
Strollerderby also thinks Chrissa is totally lame.
What about engaging stories, to, you know, distract and cheer up all the kids who are suffering relational aggression?
My daughter was a little old to get an American Girl doll — and I was too cheap. But, after my mother sent a doll to my niece at my address, I got all the catalogs for 10 years. I had to sell my house and move away to escape.