Last month American Girl released their latest BeForever girl – Melody, a young girl living in Detroit in the 1960’s. Detroit was full of music, turbulence and change at the time and a story that many people don’t know. Melody is an introduction to that part of our history and a timely voice for equality that children can learn through her story.
America Girl sent us a Melody doll to check out for the holiday season, and we welcomed this local girl into our home with open arms. Not only is Melody’s story about Detroit, but being local, it’s one that all children should read. Melody’s story starts in 1964 and she’s 9 years old and passionate about music, and standing up for equality. Every Melody Ellison doll comes packaged with the first book in her series that starts out her story.
We love that Melody Ellison has a Detroit story, and this beautiful doll is now available in full 18 inch size as well the smaller mini 6 inch Melody doll and book set. This MoTown girl has accessories including her own recording school, a game set and even a bedroom set. Each has a full look and feel of what you’d expect the 1960’s. It’s amazing the amount of detail and planning that went into Melody and her accessories. She’s a great learning tool plus something your child will treasure for years.
Don’t forget that American Girl has a partnership with the Detroit Public Library System. As part of its partnership, American Girl is providing a donation valued at $175,000 to support the children’s sections at the Detroit Public Library’s 22 branches, which includes a $50,000 monetary donation and a product donation of Melody dolls and books ($125K retail value). Through the book donation, the Detroit Public Library will be able to provide a free Melody book to any area child who wants one through the end of 2016.