I hope the American Girls Collection will be dearly loved and well played with and then passed down to other generations of girls tomorrow—a reminder that growing up in America is, has been, and can always be an experience to treasure.
Molly’s Puppy Tale
Illustrations by Nick Backes
(If I recall correctly, before the site went down, Nick Backe’s portfolio website showed Molly’s dress in pink instead of the mint (?) color it is now. I’m assuming that the dress was pink as well in the original magazine publication :P)
Remember when American Girl actually inspired girls to be smart, strong, and independent? To use their imaginations, to think about the world, to challenge themselves? Those were the days…
Huh, I don’t remember hearing anything about a reading journal…was this part of the teacher packets AG used to sell/give out?
"With all the sobbing that come 2014, no one will be able to buy berets and faux-authentic 1940s multiplication flash cards, many people are forgetting the obvious: The books are going to still be there.
All of them, one way or another. Molly’s six book set will still be rolling around, and Emily’s books, and even the mini doll if you’re into micro versions of historicals. She even has a movie, so you can see the books in condensed modified visual form. And much like those before her—once she retires, the books can still be read and the movies seen. Even the Short Story Collection is available on secondary markets, and the paper dolls. And there’s also the fact that Molly might get things post-archival. Samantha, for example, got a Mystery, a set of play paper dolls, and a Ready for Fun book to name a few. There’s also the older craft books, the cooking studios—tons of things to read and do and discover.
The idea that children will never know about certain periods in history if American Girl retires the associated collection is myopic. There’s hundreds of thousands of children who know about American Girl only as characters in chapter books for multiple reasons—ranging from “avoiding the line’s expense and materialism” to “being too poor to have that kind of materialism as an option” and every other reason there is. […] If you love the character but you can’t get her direct from AG, then do what many people have done for years: read the books. Read every book Molly and the others are in and about and has out, if you can get them.”
I made this a while ago for my photo story where Felicity finds out she’s going to be retired (by god, and you think people who make Pokemon-themed stuff are nerdy). I admit it still makes me giggle.
EDIT: Just thought I’d explain what the picture is about. After AG announced they were no longer going to produce Samantha’s and Kirsten’s collection anymore (aka retirement), fans thought for sure that Molly was going to be next. She was one of the original three girls, so it would make sense, right? Then AG throws a curve ball and announces Felicity’s retirement, leading me to think that Molly would celebrate at the news.
If the AG tag speaks the truth, then it looks like the retirement train has finally hit Molly after all these years.
(Just to clarify: only the doll collection (Molly’s and Emily’s) will be retired; Molly’s core books/mysteries/Emily’s book will still be available.)
Gah, this is quite a big project I’ve been working on. Anyone remember the American Girl dolls? I was a huge fan as a kid and I grew up with all of these ladies, so I wanted to make a sort of tribute to them. I’ve got 7 of 12 portraits done. I’m posting them in the hopes that it will motivate me to finish! I still have to finish actually drawing them, then ink and color. Whoop.
These look great so far! I hope you’ll have the motivation to finish them :)