Holiday Gift Guide: American Girl Beforever

American Girl has been a staple in our house for as long as I can remember.  We graduated from the dolls to the books and eventually ended up with anything and everything equestrian that they offered. This is a brand with a positive image portrayed to our young girls and it provides them with a sense that they can accomplish anything and be anything.

This Christmas consider picking up an American Girl Beforever gift pack for the little princess in your life.  The gift pack includes Maryellen Larkin’s 3-Book Collection, Mini Doll & Stand, along with a bookmark. The bookmark and mini-doll stand are only available in the gift set.  The adorable 6″ mini doll has painted eyes and posable limbs and she arrives wearing an authentic 1954-style outfit.

I’m Maryellen Larkin.  I have a head full of high-flying ideas, even thought they don’t all get off the ground.  I guess real life isn’t like what you see on TV. But I know that if I stay true to who I am and what I believe, the sky’s the limit.

The three books included in the gift pack are:

The Sky’s the Limit:  My Journey with Maryellen.
What if you suddenly found yourself in Maryellen’s world during the 1950s? How would your life be changed, and what would you do to fit in? More importantly, what would you do to stand out? Join Maryellen on an adventure where the two of you can put on poodle skirts and head to a school dance (they were called sock hops back then!), enter a contest, or take a trip in a streamlined silver camper that looks like a rocket ship! Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of exciting options in this multiple-ending story.

The One and Only:  A Maryellen Classic I
Maryellen Larkin is nine years old and longs to stand out, but in a family with five brothers and sisters it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle! A painting mishap gains her some attention, but not the kind she’s been longing for. Being invited to stay in at recess and practice her handwriting earns Maryellen a new friend, but what does that mean for her old friendships? Then, Maryellen is wishing for a white Christmas like the ones in the movies (not very likely in Florida!) Will she find a way to make her dream come true?

Taking Off:  A Maryellen Classic II
Turning ten is a big deal, and Maryellen Larkin wants to celebrate it in a very special way. Will she choose a western theme or decide on a superstar celebration, or will the event turn out to be something even Maryellen doesn’t expect? And which party participant surprises her the most? Then, Dad comes home with a silver surprise and big plans for a family vacation. On the trip, what will Maryellen discover about Joan and her wedding plans? What will Maryellen decide about her own plans and “flying high?”