Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Newest American Girl Doll, Rebecca, is Russian!

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! 


Tina in CT said...

Since you won't be coming in January as I'll be there for the holidays, we'll miss our annual Jan. trip to American Girl Place! Maybe we could go on a Sat. when you're here to AGP (for a much shorter visit than our usual) and go to the museum.

The new doll is very pretty.

Carey and Norman said...

Thanks for sharing. What a great doll for us to get for our adopted daughter.

I enjoyed catching up and seeing the girls involved in plays at school and Aikido. So glad that you were able to spend Mother's Day with your mom. And to see Giselle...I'm jealous!

Rachael said...

How great!

Elle J said...

....and starring soon in the next American Girl movie ... KATYA!! :) Still wishing for that. This new AG sounds like a hit.

Christine said...

What a pretty doll! Do your girls collect them all?

mosaikmum said...

I want me one of those dolls! Sooo, nice! :)

Annie said...

I actually LIVED in one of those old tenements during my stint in NYC. That was rather fun - so different than the wide open spaces of Colorado or the pastoral scenes of Iowa, which was all I'd known up to that point. Though it wasn't quite packed to the rafters with residents any longer as it had been in Rebecca's day, there were still some features that made me feel I was in some other reality: for example they turned the heat off between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Or, way down anyway - it got COLD! And the bathtub was in the kitchen....or WAS the kitchen sink and counter top. We'd lift the counter top up, and there was the rest of the bathtub to climb into. It didn't make either bathing OR cooking/washing up very appetizing.

It was interesting, though, that later in a museum, I saw photos taken at that very building of a mom and her daughters all working away making lace. Rebecca's clothes seem a bit nicer than theirs!