As always, the details are never lacking in her design. Her outfit is colorful and made of top quality materials while it speaks to her love of dance. My girls especially love her shoes. Also? This doll's hair.... my girls love it so very, very much.
Gabriela comes with the headband and hair ties to create the hair style we see on the cover of her book. Naturally, my girls asked me to put her hair up and headband on right away. Here's a look at Gabriela with her hair up.
And this. My very fair skinned girl embracing this doll and loving her beautiful differences is something that does my heart good. Teaching young people to see all differences in an angle that looks for the beauty rather than fault is so important and this is an amazing way to do that. It invites children to make these differences part of their own life by diving into the book and playing out the things they recall from the story.
**An exciting change is that American Girl will be continuing to release a Girl of the Year (they're working on next year's right now) but they will keep Gabriela's items in stock longer than one year so collectors on a budget have more time to enjoy her and finish their collection.
**And! This year, students will have a chance to connect to Gabriela's story and learn more about spoken word poetry. This is something she learns to use to overcome her stuttering. American Girl and Scholastic have partnered up to create a classroom program they've called Express Yourself. It will teach children how to embrace the use of the arts as a way to express their individuality. Look for it this month (March 2017)
You can learn more about Gabriela McBride by clicking her name this sentence.
**Finally: You can be sure there are many more new characters coming this year. Check out the image below and click to learn more.