My favorite things to read are nature books and stories about companionship between animals and humans. It’s so much fun to read about an author’s experience caring for a pet and the bond that they shared.
There are many American Girl characters with stories to tell about their animal friends.
One Girl of Year doll with a passion for animals is Nicki Fleming. Nicki lives on a farm in Colorado that has horses and pigs. In her book “Thanks to Nicki” she trains a service dog named Sprocket and she struggles with having to give him away after he completes his training. Nicki’s mother tells her that she’s turning Sprocket over so that he can help someone who needs him more than they do. Nicki’s story is inspiring to any girl who has a special bond with an animal.
In Saige Copeland’s Girl of the Year story she uses her love of horses and living on a farm as inspiration for her paintings. She loves horseback riding, painting ranches and horse pastures.
In Molly’s Birthday story, she gets a terrier named Bennett and her best friend Emily gets a dog named Yank. The two friends love their new puppies and Molly helps Emily feel better after the loss of a previous pet.
Kirsten lives on a farm in 1850’s and has a cat named Missy who delivers kittens in her birthday story. When Missy stops taking care of one of her kittens, Kirsten decides to raise a kitten herself so it can grow up to be strong and healthy like the rest of the litter. She loves and cares for all the animals on her prairie farm in Minnesota along with her family.
Just Like You Dolls:
Coconut the dog and Licorice the cat are pets for the dolls in the Just Like You Collection. They are best friends to all the doll characters. Their book collection promotes friendship and features quizzes for girls to share with each other.
Kirra Bailey 2021 Girl of the Year
The newest Girl of the Year, Kirra Bailey, loves Australian animals and travels to Australia to help rescue them. She is my new favorite Girl of the Year character since I love learning about unique animals and I strongly believe that protecting and caring for them is important.
I hope Kirra will spread awareness on how we can protect our environment so that our animals can thrive. I’m so glad that there is now an American Girl character that has a passion for Australian animals like I do, especially at a time where they need our help the most.
At Girl Again boutique, we have so many great books about the unique and inspiring stories of our American Girl dolls.
Written by Girl AGain trainee: Vicky C.