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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christian Fashion Model Crafts Dolls in Black and White

girls and grace

Girls and Grace is a line of dolls and other products made for Christian girls. I have featured them here before, but they now have a new doll, one with "dark skin and brown eyes," named Mesi (pronounced Maycee). She's from somewhere in Africa. (I have a friend from Africa. I'll have to ask if he knows her.) According to the copy, "Mesi's education and her family's well-being are threatened by drought, disease, and war."
When girls can role-play the stories with their very own Sydney Claire or Mesi doll, the seeds of grace are planted in their tender hearts. Those squeals of delight that every parent loves to hear on Christmas morning will signal the start of countless hours of grace-filled playtime.
What are the stories? Here's Mesi's:
...a feud breaks out between Mesi's Ashanti tribe and their neighbors, the Kienese. As tensions mount, Mesi discovers a friendship she must keep secret. But she must decide what cost she is willing to pay in order to keep the secret--and protect her friend. Will she lose her best friend Kwasi? Anger her family? Or even bring destruction to her entire village?
So, squeals of delight? Contrast this with the drama the Sydney Claire Wilcox (the III?) doll, with her "blonde hair and blue eyes," skips through:
[Sydney is] an industrious ten-year-old living in the midst of the historic women's liberation, civil rights, and environmental movements. When she finds herself feeling lonely in the summer of 1965, she determines to do something about it. With her best friends, Vicky and Ann, Sydney Claire sets off on a series of money-making enterprises in order to purchase her heart's desire: Trouble, a fun-loving Golden Retriever.
People, there you have the Chistian imagination in black and white.

1 comment:

Patti said...

Visit EthiDolls.com where they tell the stories of real African women leaders via doll representations and illustrated and audio books. The first product is Makeda, The Queen of Sheba, first woman ruler of Ethiopia and the second product is Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa from Ghana, who inspired her countrymen in 1900 to fight for their freedom from the British.