Meet The Two New Historical American Girl Dolls – Cecile & Marie Grace!

For the very first time in their 25 year history, American Girl has unveiled two historical characters at the very same time – Cécile Rey™ and Marie-Grace Gardner™ with a one six-book series set in 1850s New Orleans.

Children can learn about these two African American and Caucasian characters and how they unleashed the power of friendship and community while reaching beyond the boundaries boundaries of race and class to help their families, friends, and city during a time of great need.

Both girls are quite difference coming from opposite backgrounds – Cécile (a bold, confident girl from a well-to-do African American family), and shy, caring Marie-Grace (who has just moved back to New Orleans with her father). Through their love of music and friendship they form a bond which deepens into a growing friendship. Working together both girls help their community during the yellow fever epidemic that sweeps through New Orleans in 1853.

The girls are brought to life with 18 inch dolls, historically accurate and culturally authentic clothing and accessories, and a series of books that gives you a look into both of their experiences.

13-year-old Kate Connick, the daughter of Harry Connick, Jr. partnered with American Girl to create an original song—“A Lot Like Me”—with all proceeds benefiting the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans.

Taking inspiration from the Cécile and Marie-Grace stories, the new single “A Lot Like Me”—performed by Kate and written and accompanied by her father—shows girls the importance of looking within to find the true meaning of friendship. All proceeds made from song downloads will  go to benefiting after-school programming at the newly founded Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans.

Although they aren’t officially in stores yet, the Cécile and Marie-Grace dolls, books, and accessories can now be pre-ordered on AmericanGirl.com at all American Girl retail locations, or by calling 1-800-845-0005.

The new line officially launches in all American Girl outlets on August 30, 2011.

A mom to two girls and a baby boy, a writer and the publisher of Child Mode. As a lover of style and fashion, Nadia found her ‘niche’ and love of children’s clothing while searching for quality items for her family.


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