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