About the Wellie Wishers! They are five adorable friends who love hanging out and having adventures in their magical garden together. They have a gorgeous playhouse, a pet rabbit, and the cutest wellies and accessories.
I am going to be honest, when I saw that AG was coming out with a new line of dolls, I was a little hesitant because I am a pretty loyal person, so part of me was like "Who's this new kid??" ;o) But I LOVE these new dolls! The more I looked into the personality of each doll and the story of their adventures and sweet spirits, the more I was won over by their innocent charm. I only wish they had been around when Paige was younger!
Look how cute!! Ugh! It was the toughest thing ever to decide which doll to review. Obviously I wanted Emerson, because Paige. But look at Willa! And Paige loved Camille. In the end, I chose adorable Kendall, because she's SO cute, and I really wanted to share her with my little friend in the photos above, and I thought it would be fun for her to have the one that looked most like her.
So here's what you need to know about these new comers:
- They are marketed for younger girls. You know, your daughter/granddaughter who you don't really want to buy an American Girl doll for yet because you're afraid she'll destroy it? :O) Of course, I just turned 29 for the third time, and I am totally into these, so age wise, you can't go wrong here.
- The price is cut in half! Wellie Wishers dolls run about $60, which is significantly less than AG's typical dolls. How does that affect the quality? Not a ton, surprisingly. The dolls are smaller (14") and I noticed that the torso of the doll is a hard plastic, instead of a cloth body like usual. However the arms/legs/face are the same lovely vinyl as the regular AG dolls. I also noticed that the eyes don't open/close like a regular AG doll, which I consider to be a plus, considering the age group they're geared towards. The hair and clothing seem to be the same beautiful quality that we are used to. I think they did a fantastic job making these a little more economical, and also sturdy enough for younger play, without compromising the AG standards of quality.
- You will need all the things. I'm warning you now, because the cuteness is quite hard to handle. Look at this playhouse. Just look. With pretend mud pies!! I actually got to see this in person recently, and I was really impressed by how sturdy it was. Again, that's extra important for the younger ones, and I'm glad they paid attention to that. ;o)
- There's an app for that. And it's free, and it's cute. Ace loves it! So does Paige.
- The books are wonderful. There are 3 Wellie Wishers early reader chapter books coming out this September (along with a show!) and they are one of my favorite things about this new line. One of the things I've missed is the beautifully illustrated American Girl books that I read when I was a girl, and these new books are *full* of bright, fun images, that young readers will love. If you buy nothing else, buy the books. They are delightful!
Have a great day, my friends!
P.S. Totally unrelated to dolls, but I have been getting to take so many photos of people lately, and it is the best!! How cute is my little friend up there?? ^^^ So thankful for my camera and the opportunities to share God's love with it.