Online Newsletter #6 August
American Girl is coming out with a lot of new products this fall, and you can find out
about them here, in The Society of American Girl Collectors online newsletter!
Felicity Collection Information
First the bad news: Lots of Felicity items are being discontinued, and this
has been confirmed by AG itself on the website. The discontinued items are: nightshift and cap,
clothes press, dressing table, nighttime necessities, Windsor writing chair, extra shoes and socks,
undergarments, and rescue kit. This doll is going to have nothing left pretty soon! It is
definitely sad to see these things go, but there may be hope. An anonymous AG employee emailed me
after finding this site and reading posts and newsletters. She said that AG is having some decision
problems regarding what to do with Felicity's collection, and here's why. When AG decided to
announce that Felicity was "retiring," people immediately thought of the way Ty Company used that
word for Beanie Babies, meaning "never to be available again," even though AG had planned to keep
Felicity and her stuff available on the website, as they have told several Society members in
letters. As a result there was a giant stampede and rush on AG to buy all manner of Felicity stuff.
The AG employee told me that they ran out of years supplies of some Felicity things! So right now
they are deciding to let some things lapse. They had plans to "reintroduce" Felicity in a couple
years anyway but now the employee is not sure what will happen. In any case, it is possible
(the employee didn't know for sure) that at least a few of all these accessories that have retired
in the last few months will come back in the future, when they get all their problems worked out.
Society member Anne Marie lets us know that a Pleasant Company rep told her Felicity's nightgown
should come back in September, due to a lot of inquiries about it. The rep also said that her
Sweet Dreams Collection should be available in September too, but I'm not sure that is possible,
since they are retiring Felicity's night table and nighttime necessities anyway. (Society members:
Be sure to write AG and express your extreme displeasure with all this
Society Member Meg let us know that amazon.com
has large, approximately quarter-screen
sized pictures of the Kaya books. These pictures show the covers in much better detail than we
have seen before. On the down side, however, amazon.com says the Kaya books are coming out in
September, not August as was previously reported. Isbn.nu
says Sept. 1. This would be consistent with AG tradition, as they usually introduce new products
in September. Society member Kathy let us know that Kaya will make her debut at American Girl
Place on September 1st. However, Meg says that the info she found at the bookstore where she works
says August 15th.
Society Member Sarah found these synopses of the Kaya books (and
friendship fun books) from borders.com
Meet Kaya: Kaya dreams of racing her beautiful mare Steps High, but her father warns her that
Steps High isn't ready. A pesky boy challenges her anyway, and Kaya enters into the race of her
Enemy raiders are invading Kaya's village. Kaya's mother tells her to run for
the woods with her blind sister, Speaking Rain. But as Kaya runs to help her horse escape too, she
and Speaking Rain are captured.
When Swan Circling saves a baby on a runaway horse, Kaya is awed by the young
warrior woman's bravery. Kaya wants to be strong like her, and she hopes to be worthy of being her
Kaya and Lone Dog:
Kaya misses Speaking Rain so much, and her heart is heavy as she mourns
Swan Circling's death. When she meets Lone Dog, a stray who keeps to herself, she thinks she has
found a new friend.
Kaya Shows the Way:
Kaya can't wait for summer at Celilo Falls, where thousands of families
gather to fish, feast, and dance. But she's hoping someone there will have word of her lost sister,
Changes for Kaya:
Speaking Rain has returned! As Kaya joins a hunting party in the
mountains, she's hopeful that she'll find her beloved horse, Steps High, too. But Speaking Rain is
troubled--she smells the smoke from mountain fires.
Kit's Friendship Fun:
This collection of recipes, crafts, and games from Kit's time
period--the 1930s--also features historical sidebars and authentic historical images, plus
step-by-step instructions. Full-color photos.
Samantha's Friendship Fun:
Crafts, games, and recipes from Samantha's time period--the early
20th century--are collected in this activity book that allows girls to travel back to the turn of
the century. From how to put on a homecooked Sunday brunch to learning a tricky version of
hopscotch, this guide also features historical sidebars that tie to the activities of of Samantha's
stories and authentic historical images. Full-color photos.
New American Girl of Today Items
The American Girl of Today
items I reported seeing at American Girl Place in last month's
are now for sale at the American Girl online store
and in the newest AG catalog. There is also a new
butterfly costume for Bitty Baby.
The Society Debuts a Page for Members' Pictures
New to the
Society--a page for members to show off themselves and their dolls! Click
to view the page. Email Ann
if you have a
picture to submit. We only have one picture so far, so send 'em in!
Puzzle and Card Game Pics
Meg lets us know that amazon.com
has pictures of the upcoming American Girl
Puzzles and American Girl Card Game on its site. Kaya is included in both. Thanks Meg!
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