Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
American Girl Dolls Celebrate the Holidays With a Variety of Activities
American Girl Dolls Celebrate the Holidays With Their Families
The American Doll collection is every little girl's dream collection and the books that tell of the dolls' adventures are fun reading. This doll collection is one of multicultural dolls from around the world. Lauren Diaz Morgan's Happy Holidays! American Girl is a fun read to celebrate the Christmas season with several dolls that are featured in this book from Little Golden Books. The dolls are also known for history lessons that can be learned with the dolls that come from all parts of the world and the USA.
Felicity celebrates the holidays by attending a ball in Happy Holidays! American Girl. Kaya is the Native American doll that is featured in this book. She celebrates the holiday season by attending and participating in her tribe's Winter Spirit Dances. There is a large feast and songs and dances in the ceremony.
Maryellen is featured and celebrates the holidays with her first experience of ice skating and visiting her grandparents. Kirsten is a Swedish doll who now is an American Girl in the doll collection. She celebrates St. Lucia Day in America with her family just as they used to do in Sweden. Girls might remember Rebecca, a Jewish doll in the collection. Rebecca celebrates Hanukkah with her family for the holidays. Josefina is a little Mexican/American girl doll who celebrates Las Pasadas with her family in New Mexico.
The dolls from Hawaii and China are also featured in this holiday book,
Romina Galotta contributed her talents as an illustrator to portray each doll with charming illustrations. I especially like the illustrations in that they are reminders of "old-fashioned" illustrations as are typical of the Little Golden Books.
Happy Holidays! American Girl is a book that girls will want to add to their book shelf. The stories of how each doll celebrates the holidays will be a treasure. Happy Holidays! American Girl is recommended for ages 5-9 and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-38194-6.
Charming "Old-Fashioned" Illustrations of Holiday Celebrations With American Girl Dolls
American Girl Molly's Christmas Surprise in Easy Reader Series
American Girl doll Molly is featured in a picture book and story from the year 1944. The American Girl doll collection is one that also teaches history lessons and Molly is one of the dolls from American history. This fun read tells of Molly who has a dad who is stationed in England as a doctor during World War 2. Molly's mom also is helping with the war effort in the States by working for the Red Cross. Molly's story is one of American patriotism. The war has presented many challenges to families back in the States. Food is rationed, and Molly's mom grows their own vegetables in the backyard. The Christmas season for Molly and her family will be very different this year. Dad will not be home. They decorate their Christmas tree as usual. One day a special package from Dad arrives. Molly hides it from her brother and sister as a special surprise to be taken out later. The family attends Christmas Eve church service. The special gift box from Dad is taken out and opened on Christmas Day. Then, Mom has the best surprise of all for the children. Readers will be surprised to find out what the best gift is this year.
American Girl Molly's Christmas Surprise is a delighful story that also teaches a history lesson to young readers. It is recommended for ages 7-9 and is rated Level 3 in the Step Into Reading collection of easy readers. It was published by Random House and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-38196-0.
Celebrate Christmas With Molly
Bring the American Girl Holiday Books to the Classroom
These two holiday books offer ideas for fun activities for the classroom during the holidays. I used picture books in my classroom to provide activities for my students during the holidays. All teachers know that it is best to go with the flow during this time of year and get some education into the classroom in spite of the excitement and somewhat lack of attention to learning during this season.
*Read Happy Holidays! American Girl in a story time session. Call attention to the variety of ways each girl is celebrating the holidays.
*Invite girls to bring in an American Girl doll if they own one.
*Engage students in a discussion of their Christmas season traditions with their families. Have a special day in the classroom for a "show and tell" of any item that students have in their home to celebrate the season.
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