About a month ago I read a posting on Facebook from an acquaintance of mine about dolls that were from different countries. Immediately my interest was piqued. (How often does one get to use the word piqued, and I just used it twice in one sitting! Now three times!) I asked her for more information about them and here is the site: http://hearts4heartsgirls.com/. Finding dolls (baby dolls, doll house dolls, Playmobil, action figures) that have brown skin is easier than it used to be, but finding dolls that are from particular cultural or ethnic backgrounds is much more difficult. To my delight, Playmate Toys has partnered with World Vision to create beautiful, multicultural dolls from around the world!
The dolls are supposed to be around ten years of age and have a story that goes with them, modeled after real girls from her country of origin. There is a doll from Laos, India, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Mexico, Belarus, Brazil, and then three from the USA, one of them being Native American. (I wish it said which tribe she was from, but that's another posting for another day!) And if the concept of these dolls isn't enough to grab your attention, the price will be! They can be found at many major retailers around the country for less than $25! Compare that with the price of American Girl dolls!
Well, I decided to try the doll thing one more time with our daughter. When we were at the store together a few weeks ago I brought her down the doll aisle and showed her these dolls. She grabbed the girl from Afghanistan, held the box tight to her chest, and begged me to buy it! (Sold!) After much talk, she reluctantly agreed to put the doll back with her friends on the shelf, and then my husband and I went back to the store later that week and bought one for her for Christmas!
Our daughter still prefers Legos over doll's leggings, but she is enjoying her beautiful new doll very much!