Dear America

Year of introduction: 
1999
About the brand: 

The four Dear America dolls were available briefly in 1999 and 2000. The Scholastic historical fiction book and video series is widely used by educators and is aimed at grades 4-8. The dolls actually come packaged with a blank diary, not with the book that corresponds to the doll's character.

The four characters and their books are:

  • Margaret Ann Brady, 1912, Voyage on the Great Titanic (don't worry, she survives)
  • Catherine Carey Logan, 1763, Standing in the Light (a Quaker girl is kidnapped by native Americans)
  • Abigail Jane Stewart, 1777, Winter of Red Snow (Abby watches George Washington's army prepare for battle at Valley Forge)
  • Remember Patience Whipple, 1620, A Journey to the New World (Mem is a pilgrim coming to America on the Mayflower)

The rooted saran hair of these dolls is not their best feature, though it is styled nicely. The dolls have a new face sculpt -- a rather bland face with the pursed mouth of many Alexander dolls, but the coloring is very nice. All four of the dolls have the same face mold. The clothing is the doll's best feature. Catharine Carey Logan, for instance, has a nicely made cotton dress with an apron and head-cloth on top and a shift and pantaloons underneath. There is a small amount of Velcro but mostly snaps. The dolls' breastplate allows them to wear lower-necked fashions nicely. These dolls have not held their value (originally $80) on the secondary market so can be found very reasonably.

No extra outfits or accessories were ever made for these dolls but they fit American Girl doll clothes very well. Since MA went on to re-use this body type for a large array of brands (including their Favorite Friends line), there are many clothing options available.

Details
Height: 
18.00 in
Doll types: 
Play dolls
18 inch vinyl play dolls
Primary material: 
Vinyl
Hair type: 
Rooted
Eye type: 
Sleep eyes
Doll ages: 
Child dolls
Target age (of owner): 
3
to: 
103
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