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

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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.

 

 

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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
    jmajor4870(at)aol(dot)com

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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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  • 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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