Meet Rebecca, the still-unveiled American Girl doll who will be introduced on May 31st, along with her collection of books. I found out about her through a leak at this site -- a great place for "scoops," etc.
Samantha, the doll from 1904, was retired this winter to make way for a new doll from the time period -- Rebecca, a Russian-Jewish immigrant in 1914. Here's American Girl's description of her:
"Our newest historical character, Rebecca Rubin, lives in a row house in New York's bustling Lower East Side with her Russian-Jewish family. Rebecca dreams of being an actress one day, but her parents and grandparents have different ideas about what a young lady should do. Growing up in the 'melting pot' of the early 20th century, Rebecca learns about the various traditions that her neighbors and schoolmates celebrate..."
I wish I had time this summer to take the girls to the Museum of the City of New York to show them the exhibit about Broadway during that time... Or to the Tenement Museum, where you can see the rooms used to inspire Rebecca's apartment in the stories. Take the virtual tour of the Rogarshevsky apartment while there!
Rebecca is surely bilingual, and most likely tri-lingual (English, Russian, Yiddish or Hebrew). My kids will love reading about that!