American Girl Debuts New Historical Character, Caroline Abbott, Who Helps Her Family and Her Country During the War of 1812
—As America Celebrates Bicentennial of the Second War for
Independence, Caroline Inspires Today's Girls with Stories of Courage
MIDDLETON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
This September—200 years after America secured its standing as a truly
independent nation—American Girl's newest historical character, Caroline
Abbott, shows girls today how to stay steady and believe in
themselves during difficult times. Caroline, an independent and
adventurous nine-year-old girl whose story is set near Lake Ontario
during the War of 1812, learns to face her most challenging moments
using her heart as her compass. Going above and beyond to help those
around her, Caroline gives of herself without expecting anything in
return—becoming the kind of real everyday hero that any girl can be.
Living with her family in Sackets Harbor, New York, Caroline loves
sailing with her shipbuilder father, and she even dreams of captaining
her own ship one day. But after British sailors capture her father and
cousin, Caroline does her best to keep the promise she makes to her
father to stay steady and ride storms through to better weather. In the
end, Caroline finds—and proves—her own steadiness and strength as she
navigates the challenges of wartime.
"Our newest historical character, Caroline, is a brave, independent girl
who teaches girls today that they can navigate life's challenges by
staying strong, making good decisions, and taking action," says Jean
McKenzie, executive vice president of American Girl. "We know our fans
will be inspired by the stories of Caroline, who shows girls that they
can set their own course to help make changes for the greater good."
Caroline launches with six historical books written by author and social
historian Kathleen Ernst. The book series includes Meet Caroline,
Caroline's Secret Message, A Surprise for Caroline, Caroline Takes a
Chance, Caroline's Battle, and Changes for Caroline; a
beautiful, 18-inch Caroline doll featuring butter blonde hair and light
blue eyes; and an array of historically accurate clothes and accessories
that represent Caroline's time period.
To celebrate the bravery and kindness of girls today, American Girl is
also launching Caroline's Share the Hero in You video
contest. Starting September 4 through October 31, 2012, girls are
invited to create and submit a video clip (up to 60 seconds) about a
time when they felt like an everyday hero. The video can be shared
online at americangirl.com/playcaroline.
Six video finalists will be selected by American Girl based on
creativity, originality, visual appeal, and best use of the heroism
theme. Then, starting November 5, American Girl fans can vote online for
their favorite video finalist. The grand-prize winner will receive a
trip for four to Washington D.C. to visit the American Girl store; a
visit to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History with VIP
treatment to learn more about Caroline's era; and a Caroline doll,
accessories, and six-book set. Visit americangirl.com/playcaroline
for complete details.
Girls can also discover more about the new character at American Girl
retail stores through free Caroline-related launch events (September 4,
8, and 9), which include giveaways, crafts, and an in-store patriotic
sing-along. Caroline events will continue at American Girl stores
through the end of the year. For schools and book clubs, a free
downloadable Learning Guide, exploring themes and issues from Caroline's
stories, is also available at americangirl.com.
Caroline is the thirteenth heroine to join American Girl's family of
historical characters growing up in important times in America's past,
from 1764 to 1974. The Caroline doll, books, and accessories will be
available on September 4, 2012, through American Girl's catalogue, at
americangirl.com, and at American Girl retail locations. To request a
free catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005.
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the world's leading toy company. Since American Girl's inception in
1986, the company has devoted its entire business to celebrating the
potential of girls ages 3 to 12. American Girl encourages girls to
dream, to grow, to aspire, to create, and to imagine through a wide
range of engaging and insightful books, age-appropriate and educational
products, and unforgettable experiences. In meeting its mission with a
vigilant eye toward quality and service, American Girl has earned the
loyal following of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents
and educators. To learn more about American Girl or to request a free
catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005, or visit www.americangirl.com.