Post by daughterofthedryad on Jun 1, 2011 19:43:32 GMT -5
I did not like Minuk's book at all. It was extremely well-researched but I found Minuk to be an irritating character. Also, there are a couple of mentions given to menstruation and other topics suitable for older girls, the target audience.
The doll is very pretty but to someone who loves pretty dresses, her fur costume is uninteresting. Minuk is definitely the least-decorated of the dolls.
The fur costume is in several pieces. The leggings come down to the tops of the boots but are cut off abruptly, with no finishing whatsoever. The boots hide this but it is definitely a flaw compared to the rest of the collection. The jacket comes down low and covers the entire arm, as well as having a hood. The hood is removable to show off Minuk's braids. She also has removable mittens, simply a pocket-shaped piece of fur (which are difficult to get back onto splayed fingers); and her boots are in two pieces (again attesting to the relative cheapness of this outfit). The fur part is one piece, and the actual boot is a fake leather moccasin. You can't tell they're two pieces until you actually hand-examine the outfit. All put together though, it looks impressive.
Minuk also has lovely beaded earrings (her only ornamentation, besides the tassels on her back) and glossy black braids. One thing I found annoying: her braids are stitched to the front of the jacket.
C for the book, because I personally didn't like it, and B- for the doll--it's a great concept (an Alaskan doll is quite unique!), but poor execution, particularly in the costume. Compared to others in the collection, Minuk's costume is put together quite cheaply. A disappointment.
Proud Mommy of Mini Felicity ('06), Mini Elizabeth (05), Addy ('93), my 1950s Historical, Rosemary (2000 AGOT#19), Cécile, Neela, Elizabeth, Saba and Minuk Auntie of Mini Samantha ('04), Mini Nellie ('05), Kit ('09), Amelia (#39, '11), Ruthie (Goetz), Mini Molly ('06) Caelie ('07 AGOT#7) and Ashley & Abigail (blond Bitties)