The other day my daughter and I had the opportunity to go to the American Girl store in Midtown NYC to see their new WellieWishers dolls. I wanted to know what was special about this new line of dolls.
She was very excited to go to NYC and visit the home of some of her favorite dolls, American Girl.
The Wellie Wishers display is great for girls to explore and learn about the new friends.
Little girls everywhere will learn what it means to “stand in another person’s wellies” with American Girl’s new WellieWishers—a line of five fun-loving characters—Willa, Kendall, Ashlyn, Emerson, and Camille—who are out to make the world a kinder, friendlier place. As a lifelong and trusted partner to parents, American Girl created WellieWishers to help younger girls, ages 5-7, discover the social and emotional skills they need to become empathetic, compassionate, and thoughtfully motivated individuals. Timeless life lessons on sharing, cooperation, respecting feelings, and making things right are passed along to girls through each WellieWishers character, who navigates the ins and outs of friendship through play, songs, and imagination.
There is a line of books by American Girl author Valerie Tripp to help your girl go on adventures as she learns about the new dolls and their friendship with each other. The dolls are perfect for girls 5-7 years old.
The beautiful, whimsically illustrated early chapter books about the WellieWishers’ fun and fanciful outdoor adventures are written with humor and heart by American Girl author Valerie Tripp. A key advisor in shaping and creating the WellieWishers’ concept, Ms. Tripp loved using her 40+ years of writing experience for readers ages 2-10, as well as her academic background (BA in Child Psychology from Yale; master’s in Education from Harvard) and deep affection for this age group to bring the energetic, earnest, imaginative WellieWishers characters and their world to life. The stories will delight girls and their mothers as they celebrate the promise and potential of young readers and gently model the life skills that help build strength of character and confidence.
The WellieWishers’ adventures and lessons further unfold in American Girl’s first-ever animated series, airing in fall 2016. Each 11-minute episode follows the fun-filled exploits of the five smart and lively six-year-olds, who have limitless imaginations and the same big wish: to be a good friend. When the WellieWishers step into their colorful rain boots, they are ready for anything in their aunt’s whimsical backyard garden. Young viewers are entertained through stories, humor, and catchy songs as the WellieWishers work, dream, and play together—feeding birds, making mud pies, creating art, and putting on shows—all while imparting valuable lessons in friendship.
To further engage girls and bring the characters to life, American Girl is debuting a free WellieWishers app, where players can explore the interactive garden world through three mini games—Carrot Care, Mud Pie Maker, and Garden Harmony. Little girls will delight in the sweet, silly, and unexpected surprises that get unlocked the more they play. The free app is available through play.americangirl.com.
Rounding out the play experience is a line of adorable 14½-inch dolls (retail $60) and garden-themed accessories, including a magical theater stage and a premium wooden playhouse with over 30 pieces. Young girls can even dress like their favorite character with a selection of dress-like-your-doll clothing, like enchanted garden PJs or a pair of peek-a-boo wellies.
The WellieWishers collection is available June 23 through American Girl’s catalogue, at americangirl.com, and at all American Girl retail locations nationwide.
My daughter can’t wait to learn about her new friend, Ashlyn.
Thank you to my writer for attending the event.
After reading all about it, I can tell you that as an educator, I am happy to see that the dolls are reinforcing positive good deeds. I also love that the WellieWishers are for a younger age group and that they are paired with early chapter books that can be read together. As a mom, I know my daughters will love these new dolls as well as the ability to dress up just like them. My older daughter loved dressing up just like their American Girl and I know that the cute whimsical outfits will be a popular choice.