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Changes for Samantha

America has lost one of its most beloved icons. The American Girl Doll Collection has decided to retire the Samantha Parkington doll. First released in 1986, Samantha won the hearts of millions, including your author.

Samantha was a precocious orphan being raised by her wealthy Grandmary in New Bedford, NY. A recurring theme in Samantha’s book series is progress, with regard to the Industrial Revolution, women’s rights, and children’s rights. I preferred Samantha’s fancy dresses, minature school supplies, and brushing her hair.

Last Halloween, I was lucky enough to be Samantha for a night. Accompanied by my friends Kirsten and Molly, we were the hit of evening.


Though Samantha has been packed up in a box for the past ten years, she will be in my thoughts today. Thank you, Samantha, for being an extraordinary American Girl.


One Response to “Changes for Samantha”

  1. October 17th, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Margee says:

    Oh crap. I was expecting to be depressed because of halloween references, bu now I’m sad about Samantha too.