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Age: Late Elementary School Years
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2012 Award
Matilda, Your Tudor Girl for All Time
(A Girl for All Time $135 Score:)

A lovely 16" Tudor girl comes dressed in a long gown of grey velvet with a plum colored underskirt, known as a kirtle. She wears historically styled undies and a petticoat and wears typical Court shoes, a key necklace and a grey headdress. A book about the 13-year old Matilda and her life in the court of Henry VIII makes for good reading. Stunning wardrobe choices are also available. We loved the silk lined velvet cloak ($29.99) and her masked ball gown($29.99). Like other Girl for All Time dolls she is fully articulated at the knees, and elbows for more playability. Though she is designed for play, she is totally collectible and likely to be treasured by anyone lucky enough to receive her as a gift. They say 5 & up. We'd say more like 8 & up. 


Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
American Girl McKenna, 2012 Girl of the Year Doll & Book
(American Girl $105 Score:)

Dressed for gymnastics practice, 18-inch McKenna is determined to master the challenges of the balance beam and more. She arrives with her long caramel-colored hair is tied up for her active life style. In this Summer Olympic season, you can be sure, the young athletes, in London, will inspire girls all over the world, as they go through their routines. McKenna is not an Olympian; though one day she may be one! American Girl has created a whole line of accessories for McKenna. There is an accessory bag ($26) with mini water bottle, trail mix, school papers, exercise booklet and more. We love her team gear with jacket, trousers, medal, and slippers($28.)  There is also a beam and bar set ($85) for McKenna to practice on, two outfits in a practice wardrobe ($35) and just in case, a cast and crutches ($30) should she stumble when she does a daring double backflip!

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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2010 Award
Karito Kids Dolls Ling
(Karito Kids $100 Score:)

This gorgeous 22" Chinese doll from Shanghai is fashioned to look like an eleven year old girl and is dressed in a traditional hot pink jacket more modern skirt and tights with lace up hot pink shoes. Ling hopes to be a Scientist working with pandas. She is one of a collection of multicultural dolls that comes packaged with a book. This purchase is not about the book. You'll find better books on our book list. This is all about the doll. Her body is soft, but her arms and legs like her head are hard and beautifully molded. This collection has a presence online, as well with games, extra outfits, and a charity that encourages kids to donate money to those more needy. These are definitely dolls for older girls who have a more worldly view and are open to learning about other countries and the dreams of girls from far away. Unlike old fashioned foreign doll collections, these were designed to be played with…not just displayed. They were also designed to encourage girls to think beyond the confines of their home base. Also in the collection is Pita from Mexico, Gia from Italy, Zoe from New York City, Piper from Australia. 8 & up.
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Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Ugly Dolls 2010
(Ugly Dolls $20 Score:)

It will be hard to choose just one of the terrific new Ugly Dolls this season. Consider, Ninja Batty Shogu, a black fleece fellow with big blue eyes, red nose and three yellow teeth. Or consider Wippy, a pink rabbit-like creature with tall ears and grey eyes and two yellow teeth. There is also coral colored Mynus who has a singular bump on her head and a goofy smile. Her tag says she's the one you should turn to when you are in trouble. Also, a good choice, Pointy Max, a green fellow with a very pointy head and one all-seeing eye smack dab in the middle of his face. Oh, there are others, such as Pink Flatwoodsey with a tall pointy head and Ket a bluish looking dog-like doll and MIJ who seems to be asking a question and Picksey who claims to be able to inhabit several spaces at the same time. Honestly, you'll have to make up your own mind. Dolls in series often run out of steam, but this year's Ugly Dolls are really even better than in the past. All ages. If you buy them online you will have to search out the one you love best.
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Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Liv Dolls
(Spinmaster $17 Score:)

Talk about hair play. These fashion forward dolls not only have the latest look, they have painted on short hair plus a hole in the head to secure their wigs. (Yes, the hole in the head is a bit odd, but effective as a way of securing the wigs.)  Articulated in 14 ways, the four LIV dolls, Katie, Sophie, Daniela, and Alexis are a multi-cultural group of active high school students who like sports, performing, volunteering, and all the things teen-aged girls like to do. From our point of view--this is all good, but what's really exciting and innovative...they have flat feet (they wear sneakers) and...wait for it, they can stand up.  You have to work at it but, unlike Barbie, these dolls can stand on their own two feet!

Another positive aspect of these dolls: they are dressed like girls.  Unlike the questionable wardrobe choices of Bratz, these dolls are meant to mirror what's current.   Yes, they do have big heads since hair play is so central to their play scheme.  Each doll comes packed with a brush, a hairstyle stand, and 2 wigs. You can buy still more hairstyles if you have a bad hair day with the two original styles. We've seen this advertised for 3's and up. No way that preschoolers can handle the tiny pieces of clothing. They can undress them, but dressing them will be frustrating. These dolls are a better bet for school aged girls. Their price is also right on for tight times!

But if that is not enough hair play kids can go online with their code (comes with each doll) to get virtual hairstyles and games. We've heard this line is not easy to access. 

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Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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