My Pal

Year of introduction: 
2009
About the brand: 

My Pal Dolls are 18 inch dolls which come with booklets about important themes for children to learn from, have fun reading, and also in which they can write their own stories. Loretta Boronat created this collection of girl and boy dolls for several reasons. She wanted to expand the reach of her doll business after successfully launching the My Sibling Dolls brand, so that she could bring her mission of advocacy for people with disabilities to more families.

The broader appeal was focused on boy dolls. Loretta discovered that her idea to make her doll characters available as boys as well as girls was passionately embraced by mothers and grandmothers who had been searching unsuccessfully for an American boy doll, thinking there must be such an item. Since most doll companies are only interested in producing and promoting girl dolls, and do not make an 18 inch boy doll, Loretta discovered that there is quite a demand for the boy dolls she created and branded as My Pal. These handsome dolls are dressed in outfits made here in the United States, of high quality materials and very user-friendly designs, with elastic waists and Velcro-like closures.

The themes that My Pal Dolls address are important ones for children, based on the knowledge Loretta has acquired as a mother and an educator. The slogan for these dolls is “Care, Learn and Have Fun!” which sums up her concept of educating through play. All of the booklets are written and printed here in the United States and are meant to be used by the child who receives the doll as a very personal tool to embrace the theme. For instance, My Pal for Peace comes with a booklet with educational information about peacemakers who have had a great impact on the world. It also contains the lyrics to the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” (used with permission) which expresses the main idea Loretta wants children to grasp, that “peace begins with me!” The booklet also provides space for the recipient of the booklet to write their own story about how they have been or could become a peacemaker. There are many other themes, expressed through the outfitting of the dolls and content of the booklets, such as “going green;” being patriotic; sports activities such as tennis, baseball and soccer; caring for peers who learn and grow differently; caring about community; and giving thanks.

Details
Height: 
18.00 in
Doll types: 
Play dolls
18 inch vinyl play dolls
Primary material: 
Vinyl
Hair type: 
Wigged
Eye type: 
Fixed/Inset acrylic
Doll ages: 
Child dolls
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