Aug 21, 2016

Meet Melody Ellison the Newest American Girl and Where You Can Get her Book for Free!

The American Girl Doll family is getting bigger this week with the addition of Melody Ellison, a young girl living in 1964. Like many of their BeForever historic doll collection, Melody has her own book series, accessories that work for her time period as well several outfits. The BeForever dolls allow young girls and boys to experience a part of the past through the eyes of a girl close to their age. But Melody is even more special in our area - she's from Detroit! 

Melody made her official Debut last night at the Charles H. Wright Museum downtown Detroit with speakers, live music and an official donation made to the Detroit Public Library from American Girl. The event welcomed local media, doll collectors and the youngest American Girl fans. The debut included a look at Melody and her accessories, fun crafts for children and even the opportunity to purchase Melody before she's official on store shelves. The dolls were flying off the displays in the museum gift shop, and they wont last long if you want to get one early. 

The release of Melody Ellison is huge for the brand, but also for the Detroit community. Melody's story focuses on the music scene that was (and still is) popular in Detroit, the racial tensions that happened with the riots as well as helping teaching acceptance - which is needed even today. The doll and her story took years to create and the story is one that every child should read. 

You can get your child their own Melody Ellison doll starting on Thursday August 25th when she's available for the public. But there may still be a few available at the Charles H. Wright museum! She will be available for purchase online and in store - including the Novi Pop Up American Girl Store location later this week. Don't wait to get your piece of Detroit history. 

To give back to the Detroit community, American Girl annoucned a partnership with the Detroit Public Library System at the event. As part of its partnership, American Girl is providing a donation valued at $175,000 to support the children’s sections at the Detroit Public Library’s 22 branches, which includes a $50,000 monetary donation and a product donation of Melody dolls and books ($125K retail value). Through the book donation, the Detroit Public Library will be able to provide a free Melody book to any area child who wants one through the end of 2016.

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