Episode 76 – American Girl

Meet Addy by Connie PorterMolly Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp
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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