The Maplelea Girls ~ Dolls Celebrating Canadian Girls Coast To Coast (GIVEAWAY)

Dolls are a big part of my girls lives. Since they were babies, they have clung on to dolls and as sweet at it is I have no idea where they picked up on it as I was never into dolls growing up. They on the other hand, absolutely adore them. Because of their love for these toys we have made it a habit of choosing dolls from different races, cultures, states and even countries around the world. With reading as well as with our travels, the girls have been able to really put an understanding towards other cultures and where people come from.

Ironivally, the one country that I find is lacking in the doll department is Canada. We have 10 Provinces and 3 Territories here in Canada that are rich in culture and unique in their own way, but until just recently I wasn’t aware of any dolls that were inspired by or represented our country.

Avonlea Traditions is a Canadian owned company that begain developing products based on Anne of Green Gables back in 1988. In 2003 after an incredible amount of research this company introduced the Maplelea Girls, a line of 18″ vinyl play dolls that are Canadian-themed and are “an inspiration to and a reflection of, Canadian girls from coast to coast.” The demand for these dolls has been so great that the company has now chose to focus on this particular line alone.

We were lucky enough to receive one of these dolls in the mail a couple of weeks ago and my daughter was overjoyed when she opened the box and found the cute little red headed Jenna.

The doll comes in a gorgeous blue box that is so well made we recycled it into a doll fridge, but it would also be a great box to store your doll’s clothing and accessories. It’s just too nice of a box to throw away!

Jenna comes from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, right beside the Atlantic Ocean. She comes dressed in her very own outfit and there is a six-ring expandable 64-page keepsake journal filled with information about her history, likes, dislikes and other fun tidbits. The other half of the book encourages interaction and has questions, prompts and blanks for you to write in.

Additional outfits can be purchased directly through the company and there are quite a few different options from dressy to casual, swimwear, underwear, footwear and more.

WIN IT: Avonlea Traditions is offering one of our readers the opportunity to win their very own Jenna doll!

HOW TO ENTER:  Do you think dolls are a good learning tool on educating our children about other world cultures and nationalities?

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*Disclosure: Company provided us with a sample doll for review and another to give-away to our readers.*

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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6 Responses to "The Maplelea Girls ~ Dolls Celebrating Canadian Girls Coast To Coast (GIVEAWAY)"

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  1. Rosalie Ferris

    August 3, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I think dolls are essential in a young child’s life. They’re used as therapy tools, which should tell you something! They can be used to educate, to stimulate imagination and creativity, and they often heal just because they are loved.

    I used to love the Barbie Dolls of the World collection because you could learn so much by the costume and included materials. It often would spawn a desire to learn more, inspiring reading and research.

    As an adult, I realize how important one doll was to me. I lost her in a house fire when I was a teenager. I found myself searching for her on eBay in my 30s. Dolls can heal old wounds and open the door to conversation with the next generation. So, yes, dolls are a great educational tool.

  2. Rosalie Ferris

    August 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I liked CHILDMODE on facebook. Thank you for offering this contest!

  3. Breana Holmes

    August 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I think dolls really help little girls learn the responsibility of being a caregiver. It amazes me that at such young ages, they can have such motherly instincts when playing with their dolls. I love watching my girls take care of their “babies” .

  4. Jonnie (JB)

    August 13, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I do think dolls are a good learning tool. They represent real people to kids so they can be used to teach alot about the world and how we should treat one another.

  5. Addison Kat

    August 14, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I think they’re a good start in educating kids. We started my daughter out with dolls and we talk about the doll’s skin color, hair color, clothes, etc and about why she is the way she is.

  6. loriag

    August 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Yes I do thing they are a great educational tool on other cultures and nationalities. Canada is such a melting pot, I am so excited to see these dolls.

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