Reflecting Our World
By Orly Minazad
faces of America, with People Holding Hands’ new line of ethnic dolls.
Featuring a Caucasian boy, African American girl, Hispanic boy and Asian
American girl, People Holding Hands is bringing these tiny personalities
to the education industry “to be used as an extension of the story
characters, for puppet play, and many other classroom activities” says
Nan Ray, president and founder of You’re On!, Inc.
original collector’s series dolls are, Trace, a Caucasian Boy; Gail, an
African American Girl: Jesse, a Hispanic Boy; and Connie, an Asian
American Girl. They were designed to represent real people from the four
most populated ethnic groups in the United States.
they offer excellent opportunities for visual learning, People Holding
Hands has been initiated as the official “Book Buddies” to aid in the
promotion with Workshop 102: A Travel Guide Through Children’s
Holding Hands is thrilled to be selected as the official tangible aspect
of this exciting online learning program and educational opportunity for
teachers and educators,” says Ray.
her first book, Courage to Run, Wendy Lawton crafted a portrait of
the well-known heroine Harriet Tubman. Courage to Run expresses Harriet
Tubman as the strong willed child she was, and the memorable woman she is
in American history.
researched her life for this book, I fell in love with Harriet Tubman,”
stated Lawton, “Her faith framed everything she achieved. By the time I
finished writing the book, I couldn’t wait to take clay and sculpt a
portrait of Harriet as a child.”
book Courage to Run is the story of Harriet Tubman’s girlhood,
when her faith was born and courage discovered. The book is from Lawton's
Daughters of the Faith, a juvenile fiction series for Moody Press of
nominated for the coveted Award of Excellence, the portrayal of Harriet
Tubman is among many of Lawton Dolls award winning masterpieces.
If you have
a craving for fashion, then meet Fashion Boulevard’s newest creation,
Christina St. Clair. She’s a 16” vinyl doll pampered with the finest
fabrics and accessories to meet the needs of doll fanatics with a flare
is the epitome of the Beverly Hills woman, her head held high while the
top designers of the doll world prep her to look her best. From makeup, to
body, to clothes and accessories, she’ll be ready when she hits the doll
market in July 2002.
many fashions include the “April Violets” edition where she is
sporting a two- piece suit, matching shoes, gloves and purse. “Shopping
Elegance Christina” lives up to her title in a form hugging wool and
animal print dress with a matching shawl, hat and purse. “California Sun
Christina” makes her debut in an animal print bathing suit with matching
beach accessories such as a tote bag large hat and necessities such as sun
tan lotion and sparking water.
designs are to be released, along with a wig gift set.
Village Dolls are the authentic portrayal of turn-of-the-century peasant
life in Russia, as fashioned by Galina Maslennikova of Moscow. Imported by
Volga River Trading Company, Russian Village Dolls make realistic
recollections of the Russian life, from the ribbons in their hair to the
buckles on their belts.
used to create these Russian Village dolls are from the Ivanova region,
Yaroslavi, and Pavlova Posad among other places. The realistic way the
dolls portray the old Russian villages have helped make this product so
unique and revered. The quality and fashion are a bonus to the structure
and poise of the dolls.
engineer turned doll artist, Maslennikova turned her hobby into a
successful cottage industry in 1992. Russian Village Dolls are now among
the 750 handcrafted products carried by Volga River Trading Company. Since
1992, the company has specialized in supplying only the best and most
unique Russian products to retailers and collectors.
more of a plush product, but Fiesta has recently given a new doll-like
twist to their traditional teddy bear style with a new line called OG
Girls. This 13-inch seated teddy bear made of buttery chamois-like fabric
is the new teddy bear with a cool attitude, and apparel to match.
are a ‘tween product mostly targeted to and appealing to young girls.
Each teddy bear sports a cropped t-shirt with different popular phrases
such as Princess, Boys Lie, Girls Rule, Foxy, Hottie and 98% Angel. To
further accessorize her hip style, the OG Girl also has her belly button
pierced and her own rhinestone belly ring.
has always been a void for unique ‘tween products for girls,” says
Fiesta’s Marketing VP, Jim Inano. “We felt there was a place for a
product which would empower young women and celebrate their femininity.”
been producing unique and fun plush toys for 30 years, stating an emphasis
on quality, service and value.
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