As Flashback Summer continues and the 4th of July approaches, we asked our guest Rebecca
the most fraught question you can ask an American child of the 90s: which American Girl doll did you have
? After the nostalgic dust settled, we also discussed Meet Addy by Connie Porter
and Molly Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp.
We confronted America’s violently racist history, and also the fact that sometimes it’s hard to wear glasses at summer camp. Put on a bonnet and play this episode on your teeny-tiny Victrola today!
Readers advisory: Here.
Footnotes: How Two “Slavery With a Smile” Controversies Are Changing the Conversation About Diverse Children’s Books
The Making of Addy Walker, American Girl’s First Black Doll
Permanent Underwear Controversy
Twitter Thinks American Girl’s New Boy Doll Looks Like A Hipster Who Will Ghost You
What Your American Girl Doll Says About the Rest of Your Life
Candy pairing: Becca says Hershey’s chocolate, Rebecca says Blow Pops, Renata says a chocolate-covered bug.
Coming up next: Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner.
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(But no pressure, we’re also happy if you get these items from your local library or independent bookstore.)
Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Meet Addy by Connie Porter and Molly Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp, from the American Girl series. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!