Friday, October 21, 2011

The Missing American Girls

A few days ago my family inexplicably received an American Girls doll and book catalog.

The company certainly does its historical fiction schtick well.  The books are only slightly expensive, and contain historical and social lessons a parent could want a child to read about.  Then the dolls are expensive: sort of like Harry & David meets Toys 'R Us.

Personally, I find entertainment in inventing the "missing" historical fiction characters.

Victoria: During the Prohibition era, this daughter of a mob boss uses her friendship with the police chief's daughter to help her father teach others that family is the most important thing.

Liz: This daughter of the Wild West's most secretive highwayman knows the keys to success: an abandoned and crying girl will stop any stagecoach, her parents are both excellent snipers, and when you hide a derringer in your doll's skirts no one suspects you also carry a second in your sleeve.

Indigo and Trixie: With a sharp blade, sharper wits, and a few palms greased with pirate gold this pirate captain's daughter helps her best friend keep open the brothel that three generations of matriarchs have built into a cornerstone of the New Orleans French Quarter.

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