Having read the books when they came out and only just now collecting the dolls, Saba wasn't one I was really itching to get. I don't like her book as much as some of the others. I just started rereading it last night and the beginning is so hard to get through because she's an incredible coward. However, when I had the opportunity to buy her for $10, there was no way I was putting her off! From what I've seen, she's one of the pricier girls, though nowhere near Kathleen's level.
I was pleased to see how lovely her doll was.
Her hair ornament is my favorite detail.
While not as opulent as Cécile or Leyla, Saba is still finely dressed. She has three golden bracelets on each wrist and two matching anklets on each ankle. Her crisp white outfit contrasts nicely with the darker or more brightly colored outfits of the other girls.
Saba, like Leyla, is an unusual find. I have many historical series and she's the only Ethiopian girl, so points to GoML for uniqueness. One can get tired of reading about European girls all the time. Saba's a breath of fresh air, despite her book's little shortcomings.
Post by daughterofthedryad on Jun 1, 2011 19:26:58 GMT -5
I liked Saba's book more than some of the others, although I agree that the beginning is a little tough to get through (yawn). The doll is gorgeous and has incredible detail.
Her dress is very thin, fine white cotton trimmed in tiny embroidery. The woven trims are simply printed onto ribbon and the ribbon is sewn to the dress--not as impressive as it could have been. She has three gold bracelets on each arm and two gold anklets on each foot. The bracelets & anklets have slits, so theoretically they could come off, but I'm not going to try it.
Her sandals are plain brown "leather" with straps. In addition to the dress, there's a shawl-like garment wrapped around her shoulders and tacked to the dress. Kind of annoying. She has an amber bead necklace and a cross necklace, both tacked to the dress. She also has gold hoop earrings and a gold hair ornament. I liked the doll well enough, but once I read the story I liked her better. A for the doll and A- for the book.
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)