*Closed*McKenna Brooks: American Girl Doll of the Year 2012 #Giveaway #Win

Come January 1, 2012, American Girl fans everywhere will be able to meet McKennaTM Brooks, at 10 year old gymnast who struggles with a balance between- well, the balance beam, and her schoolwork.  The Girl of the Year® McKenna doll, books and accessories will only be available until the end of 2012.  This is very smart timing for American Girl, given that 2012 is a Summer Olympics year and that should generate even more interest in yet another gorgeous doll friend from AG.

McKenna, aged 10, finds herself falling behind with her reading comprehension and discovering more talents and strengths in herself that she didn’t know she had.   She gets hurt and ends up in a cast- and has to work even harder, and learns some great life lessons along the way.

McKenna was introduced to us a few weeks ago, when a surprise package showed up with a copy of McKenna and Take the Challenge: Crazy Challenges and Silly Thrills to Explore Your Talents and Everyday Skills.

My daughter tore through McKenna (penned by Mary Casanova) in one sitting (she seems to have my love of reading) and has asked me at least 2 dozen times when I’ll find a copy of McKenna, Ready to Fly! for her to read.  The Take the Challenge book has been a lot of fun- for both of us- and I’m still (and likely always will be) the reining champ of doing things with my feet and toes in my house.  We haven’t gone through the entire book of challenges but I love the huge range of challenges, from the super silly to more serious, and, most importantly, the kids will too!!

To our delight, McKenna herself arrived at our house on Friday afternoon, and with some quick juggling, we decided that this would be a wonderful surprise for our oldest for Christmas.  We actually sent her home with my niece for the big S to leave under my sister’s tree, to be found with a few things for her siblings Christmas night.  My Busy girl knows that McKenna isn’t “here” yet and was beyond excited that she got to meet her before anyone else. McKenna is beautifully constructed, just like all of the American Girl products.  These dolls are not inexpensive by any means, but they are very well constructed and built with care and quality in both materials and craftsmanship.  I wish I had a photo, my niece E has three AG dolls from when she was younger (she’s 18 now) and got them all out to play with my girls, who had a Just Like Me Doll and a Bitty Twin with them at my sisters.   They are all made so well!!

I have to say that while I enjoy McKenna’s story, and her fun color scheme collection, I think my favorite feature is her hair.  She’s got some gorgeous hair coloring, and amazing highlights.  Plus, her hair is like cornsilk.  I don’t know what it is about her hair, but I am in awe.  I love it.  Love it so much I’d bring her to my stylist to ask for it replicated on me!!

McKenna’s Take the Challenge isn’t just in the book. Girls can also participate in the challenge at www.americangirl.com/girloftheyear.  When they complete the quiz, girls discover their top three strengths from 8 categories.  After completing 10 offline challenges that go along with the categories, girls receive a trophy.  For each trophy earned, American Girl will donate 25 cents to Save the Children‘s US Literacy Program (up to $50,000).

There will be a movie based on McKenna’s stories premiering on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in 2012, as well.  I can’t wait to watch it!! (I haven’t any time frame on that, just that it will premiere and has been at least partially cast).

One of my readers will win a paperback copy of McKenna!

I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own.

 

 



About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

156 comments… add one
  • i wonder who one i lost i think so did my sis?(

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  • i love her once i started gymnastics she came out and i was crying for half a month cause i wanted her waaa i want her boo hoo

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  • if anyone has a Mckenna ag doll sell it on ebay so i can get it cheap remember i have $29 dollars im nine years old plz sell one on ebay

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  • i really want a ag doll i only have $29 dollars ebay doent give me cheap ag dolls i bid alot on her but i lose

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  • I love Kanani.

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  • I like the new dress Mckenna has.

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  • My favorite doll is Kanani .She was the doll of the year last year.I own her.

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    • Sydney, this giveaway is long since closed. Just want to be sure you know!

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  • mcenna is a great doll of the year. she is a great.

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    • You spelled Mckenna wrong.

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      • Nope. :o)

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  • I would be screaming if i got American girl doll Mckenna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • me to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • I want American girl doll Mckenna so bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • i have the american girl doll mckeena

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  • we Love Rebecca in our house:)

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  • my favorite girl is mkenna 2012

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    • my fave is mkcenna 2012

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  • My fave is Nicki

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  • I like Nicki because she looks so much like my daughter…

    But I have to say, my heart still belongs to Molly (one of the originals) who my daughter now has – handed down from me…

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  • My daughter likes Kit

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  • We love Kit!

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  • My favorite doll is one of my JLY dolls with the red hair, green eyes, and freckles. my favorite GOTYs are Marisol and Nicki

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  • My daughter’s favorite girl to date is Kannani

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  • We like Rebecca and Kit in our house.

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  • Don’t have a favorite. i love them all

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  • i dont know all of the dolls but my niece colects them

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  • we like lanie

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  • Love the Julie Allbright, so pretty,
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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  • We like Molly in my house!

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  • Love Nicki!

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  • Lanie

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  • I like this one. My daughter got one for Christmas, but she calls her Lilly.

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  • Kanya.

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  • My favorite is Lanie as she looks like my daughter and she was born in the same year!

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  • Nicki. But this one really sounds great!

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  • Lanie

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  • My favorite is Marisol.

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    • Who is that?

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  • We like the Julie’s 2-in-1 Summer Outfit & Roller Skates.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  • I am very excited to meet McKenna Brooks,

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  • granddaughter would love this

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  • I love Marie-Grace just cause the look of the doll reminds me of my daughter.

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  • Lanie was a very sweet girl of the year.

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  • I suppose McKenna bc I really haven’t paid attention until now!

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  • My daughter is so excited about the new doll! Her name is McKenna and she is also 10 yrs old.

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  • Samantha! Retired, but still my fave!

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  • Kanani would be my favorite Girl of the Year!

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  • I love Rebecca Rubin! My daughter likes the more modern dolls though…..

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  • I think Julie would be my fave AG of the year. Molly will always be my fave AG doll though!

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  • Kanini

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  • Kanani is my favorite girl of the year doll.

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  • My daughter is in love with Mckenna, she is a dancer and takes acrobatics. She cant wait to get her she says she wants all of her acessories.

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  • My favorite girl of the year was Mia, but McKenna is a close second!

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  • my fav wud be McKenna

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  • I like Kailey because she reminds me of my own Kaylee!

    snaugle81@gmail.com

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  • Julie albright

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  • My daughter’s (Savanna) favorite girl of the year (so far!!) is Lani. Savanna takes a gymnastics class every Saturday morning and is super excited that McKenna is a gymnist like her!! XOXO

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  • Kit is my favorite. I’m ready for a new favorite McKenna. She looks so cute. I know a little girl that would think she was on top of the world if she won this doll.

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  • Marisol!

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  • I like Lanie

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  • Wow, what a thrill to get McKenna before everyone else! :) Our favorite is Kanani. She’s so pretty!

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  • We really like Julie and Kit! :)

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  • Lanie or McKenna or Kit.

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  • We like Lanie, but my daughter really loves (and wants) McKenna. I sure would love to win this for her! Thanks so much for the chance.

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  • Lanie or Julie. :)

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  • Lanie or Julie. :)

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  • I am not up on these dolls but I love McKenna. Rita

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  • My 8 year old daughter is McKenna. She loves competitive dance and really is into gymnastics these days. Like the McKenna doll, she has the help of a tutor for her reading… so interesting! Another similarity is that her best friend is a boy named Brooks and the doll’s name is McKenna Brooks – – we feel like the stars lined up and created this 99.9% image of our own little girl.. such a fun thing to share with her! Can’t wait to get the doll and watch the movie and hopefully even read the book!

    Happy New Year from Tennessee!

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    • Marty that is so cool!!

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  • My favorite so far is Marisol 2005

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  • My daughter loves all of the books! She may love Josephine just a little bit better!

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  • My favorite so far has been Lanie, from 2010 because we have a Laney in our family! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

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  • I like Jess! beecasagrand at gmail dot com

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  • My daughter is so excited for this doll! It comes out right in time for her birthday too. McKenna is our favorite 😉 but our favorite beyond her would be Julie.

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  • I am confused, how did you get her? She didnt come out yet. Do you work at AG?

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    • Their PR firm sent her for us to review :o)

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      • Oh, so any blog reviewer can get her? Does she cost money?

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  • my favorite girl of the year so far is kanani

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  • I’m so excited about McKenna!!!I loved Kanani too :)

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  • Lanie

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  • Your link to http://www.americangirl.com/girloftheyear did not work. Had to copy/paste it to get there.
    I haven’t followed American Girl that closely. Kanani, the current one, looks outstanding though.

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  • My favorite so far has been Mia but my daughters name is Makenna and she is a gymnast, so I think the new Mckenna doll will be my favorite!

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  • Thank you for the great write-up about McKenna! That was very well done!

    We had the opportunity to interview Susan Jevins from American Girl about the launch, which can be heard at:
    http://girldolltalk.blogspot.com/2011/12/announcing-mckenna-brooks-2012-girl-of.html.

    We are interviewing Mary Casanova tomorrow. Do you have a question you’d like us to ask her?

    Happy New Year!

    Christa and Mia
    Hosts of American Girl Doll Talk Podcast
    http://www.AmericanGirlDollTalk.com

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    • My daughter wants to ask Mary Casanova how she chooses which characters get to have the most things to say and do, and also who decides about illustrations- does Ms. Casanova or does someone else. She’s very excited to get Ready to Fly soon.

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  • oops I’m not sure Felicity was a girl of the year, so Kanani

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  • Felicity

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  • My favorite is Kanani.

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  • The only one any of my 4 daughters has is Nicki and it is my favorite…and happens to be one of the American Girls doll of the year dolls. My youngest got her for her birthday gift a few years back.

    thanks!

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  • MCKENNA

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  • McKenna!

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  • McKenna

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  • I love the 70’s inspired Julie and Ivy dolls – they remind me of my daughters (one with light hair the other with dark hair – and their unique sense of style).

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  • Lanie Holland

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  • Kanani – love her!

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  • Lanie Holland is our favorite Doll of the year!

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  • Kanini has been my favorite to date.

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  • McKenna

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  • Kanani

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  • My favorite is kanani.

    b(dot)cardone(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  • I like Marie Grace:)

    jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

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  • I really loved the Marie Grace doll this year!

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  • I like Molly and Emily

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  • Our favorite American Girl in our house is probably going to be McKenna.

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  • My favorite doll has to be Kanani. She is so pretty and I love the accessories. Too much fun and cuteness!

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  • My favorite is Jess :)

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  • kanani
    msboatgal at aol.com

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  • I’m going to go with McKenna even though she is next year’s doll! I am a gymnastics lover and participated from 3yo up until Jr High.

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  • Love that this doll is McKenna, as that is also my daughter’s name. I’m sure she will quickly become a favorite in our house!

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  • I like Kit

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  • My daughter loves Mckenna and cant wait to get her, my daughter has been involved in gymnastics since see was 18 months old and is now on the competitive team!!!!

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  • Love American Girls! They teach good lessons to the kids.

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  • I like Marie Grace and Kanani.

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  • we have always loved mia!

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  • my daughter likes Mia

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  • She certainly IS a beautiful doll – especially the hair. If I had a girl I would want her! :)

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  • my daughter like kanani. my daughter was born in hawaii
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  • We like Marie-Grace.

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  • I like Kanani but my heart will always be with one of the older American Girl Dolls Kirsten. Kirsten was our first experience with AGD when my 23 year old was 8 years old.
    Kims2312@verizon.net

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  • My sweet little baby sister Laura!

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  • I’ll ho say my daughter loved Mia.
    Happy Holidays.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  • My daughters favortie is Jess year 2006

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  • I love Kanani!

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  • McKenna

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  • Mia is my favorite one so far!

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  • my favorite girl of the year is Kanani

    cshell090869@aol.com

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  • I am too old to have had American Girl dolls. My daughter turns 6 next week and just discovered American Girl dolls in the last few months. I don’t know any before that. She got Kanani for Christmas. My daughter is very interested in Hawaii which is why I think she loves Kanani. I love that she is from Hawaii which can be unique from life in the other states.

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  • Julie is my favorite doll of the year

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  • I like molly

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  • We love Kit!

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  • Kanani was my favorite doll so far!! thanks!
    ashleygatewood1(AT)gmail.com

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  • My favorite is Jess, from 2006. She looks just like my daughter and I love her story of travel and adventure!

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  • So many favorites…..Lanie, Felicity, Kit….hard to choose one:)

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  • Kanani is my favorite Girl of The Year so far.
    kimbuckjr@yahoo.com

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  • At the moment Mia, and Claire, but that could change–lol

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  • i like MIA-2008!!

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  • My favorite is Nicki from 2007. She looks a lot like my little girl!

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  • I prefer the Original dolls like Kirsten and Felicity but Julie was my favorite of the more modern dolls :)

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  • My daughters’ favorite is Lanie Holland…I think it was from 2010? But she also loves the historical dolls (Addy).

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  • Nicki 2007

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  • I love Felicity!

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  • mckenna

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  • Kailey!

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  • Elizabeth is beautiful

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  • Kanani was my daughter’s favorite this year. She’s actually had Mia and Chrissa. She is beyond excited for McKenna. Gymnastics is her sport.

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  • i like MIA-2008!!

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  • I really liked the hippy one. I believe her name was Julie?

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  • Lanie!

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  • I have no idea! My daughter just started playing with the American Girl Dolls with her friends and has been wanting one of her own.

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    • Be warned, Nicole. It’s addictive. Even for the kids. Haha. I LOVE them !!

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  • Kanani

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