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Book Title: Addy's Boxed Set|
The author of the book: Connie Rose Porter
Edition: American Girl Publishing Inc
Date of issue: November 1st 1994
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This is the story of me and American Girl (hereafter, AG):
Me, sometime in early 2000s: "AG, a wholesome, quality, historically grounded alternative to Barbie? Sounds nice."
AG: "And the dolls don't even cost $200."
Me: "!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness I don't have a daughter."
Sometime before April 2010, AG finds out there is a girl baby *still inside me* and starts sending me catalogs. I am simultaneously charmed and sticker-shocked. (And a little freaked out about how they knew!)
The catalogs keep coming. My girl grows up looking at them. I tell her she'll never have one but we can sure enjoy looking at them.
And then one day we find Kit's story on audiobook at the library. We bring it home, for the primary reason that Kit is one of my daughter's nicknames. I'm a little cynical about how well the history will be presented. I listen as I'm in and out of her room and ... it's not bad. I'm actually on the brink of charmed.
Sorry. You're waiting for a book review. I'm almost there. Since sampling that first book (my daughter was too young at the time to be patient enough for the whole thing), we've watched a couple of the movies and we've dipped in and out of other books. But on a recent family road trip, we listened to all six of the main Addy stories. This was the first time I've gone straight through one girl's storyline. And I was impressed. My daughter's been asking for the book because Addy is her favorite doll. I knew Addy's backstory was slavery and I just couldn't figure out how a kids book/doll combo was going to do that any justice.
The story was definitely presented for young readers. But that doesn't mean it was sugar-coated. Some of the ugliest parts of slavery were there, just told with care or presented in an outline that a child could absorb, without every detail filled in. My 6-year-old was rooting for freedom, asking about prejudice and discussing what matters about our friends - and what doesn't.
Addy is engaging without being cloying. Her story ends well but not before leaving some deep scars, a satisfactory way to help the youngest listeners begin to understand a horrifying chapter of American history. And as we listened to the war ending and some people's opinions beginning to change, my 6-year-old celebrated and my 11-year-old jumped in to give his sister a little talk about the Civil Rights movement. I can't think of a better way to pass some hours in the car than an enjoyable story and meaningful conversation.
I still don't know that we'll ever buy her one of those (I'm sorry, but ...) crazy expensive dolls. But this is a franchise that I'm glad to get to know better. On to Felicity and Molly.
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Read information about the authorConnie Rose Porter is an African-American author best known for her books for children and young adults. She was the third youngest of nine children of a family living in a housing project.
She has since taught English and creative writing at Milton Academy, Emerson College, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She was a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and was a regional winner in Granta's Best Young American Novelist contest.
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