Post by Diamond Dragon on May 1, 2007 19:56:48 GMT -5
Just got this outfit on sale on the AG site. The on-the go outfit comes with a short velour skirt that would look great over a swimsuit or leotard. The pants fold over at the top which I don't really like, but look like they could be good sweatpants or workout pants. The jean jacket is thin but really nice and I like the tank top too. Not a big fan of the tights, they're OK but I wish they were leggings instead. Also comes with shoes and a headband as well as a flimsy paper address book with 20 spaces, 2 on each page. I think the address book would be good for one of the dolls if she were to become a traveling doll, or to write the names, addresses e-mail, etc of her other dolly friends.
Post by Diamond Dragon on May 1, 2007 19:54:09 GMT -5
I love the gymnastics outfit! Just got it on sale on the AG site. The gold medal is METAL and heavy and has a velcro closure at the top. I was convinced it was plastic from the pics but it's not. The nylon warm-up suit and leotard say USA on it. They would be great for July 4th. It also came with a scrunchie, boquet of silk flowers and hand grip velcro things that could also be used as wrist guards for rollerblades. It also comes with a mini "poster" that says on one side "If you dream it, you can do it!" with a gymnast photo on it. On the other side it says I can do anything! with red, white and blue stars. Good if your dolls have a room or section, or to put inside a locker or bulletin board.
Post by Diamond Dragon on Aug 3, 2007 20:13:00 GMT -5
So Who Is Amelia, anyways? Amelia (her last name is never provided in any of her books) begins her notebook series as a 9-year old girl who receives a blank black-marble composition book from her mother when their family(Amelia, her mother and 11-year old sister Cleo) is driving and moving from Barton, California to Oopa, Oregon. Amelia's parents are divorced and doesn't meet her father(as well as his wife and their 6-month old son George) until Amelia's Family Ties. Amelia talks a lot about Cleo in all of her notebooks and all the things she doesn't like about her.
I found this Amelia ragdoll from the Amelia's Notebooks series at a thrift store today for $2! I'm a big Amelia fan, and although I'd rather have an 18in doll of her, at least now I have this one, which is the official Amelia doll released by American Girl when the series was still published by AG. Pretty good condition, too, and she's posable.
Here's Amelia with one of her many Notebooks(the book I had already)
Amelia really misses her best friend Nadia Kurz from CA and she continues to write to her even years later when she is going into 7th grade. Amelia has postcards to and from Nadia in every notebook. When she starts school in Oregon, she makes friends with Leah.
Amelia continues to make more friends throught her stories and she has a very diverse group of friends. Leah's last name is Feinberg which appears to be Jewish but there is no reference to her religion anywhere in the books. When she starts 5th grade she becomes good friends with Carly Tremain who is African-American and always wears her hair in cornrows with beads on the ends. And her neighbor Enzo Rutelli who is a year older than Amelia, is deaf and Amelia tries to learn sign language. Enzo only appears in one book-Amelia Lends A Hand.
About Amelia's Notebooks
Amelia's Notebooks were all written and illustrated by Marissa Moss. The books are unique because they are "hand-written" in a person's actual printing instead of typed up into a book format. The illustrations are "hand-drawn" (or occasionally "pasted in" like pictures, etc) instead of created with a computer. The books all have blue lines like a real notebook that you can see through the drawings as if someone actually drew in them. Even the inside covers contain spaces to write your name, school, and a school schedule grid, which Amelia creatively fills in differently in each book-sometimes with an actual school schedule, sometimes with other ideas. The back covers of all the books contain the "useful info" like the equivalent units of various measurements, which Amelia writes her own little comments here depending on the topic of the book.
Amelia's Notebooks were first published in 1995 by Tricycle Press. The first four notebooks were originally published by Tricycle: Amelia's Notebook (1995) Amelia Writes Again (1996) Amelia Hits The Road (1997) Amelia Takes Command (1998)
Tricycle also originally printed My Notebook (with help from Amelia), a guided notebook that can be filled in by the user but has lots of drawings and suggestions from Amelia.
In 1999 Pleasant Company (American Girl) picked up the series and reprinted these first 4 books., as well as released a number of new books:
The All-New Amelia (1999) Dr. Amelia's Boredom Survival Guide (1999) Luv Amelia, Luv Nadia (1999) Amelia's Family Ties (2000) Amelia Works It Out (2000) Oh, Boy Amelia (2001) Madame Amelia Tells All (2001) Amelia Lends A Hand (2002) Amelia's School Survival Guide (2002) Amelia's Best Year Ever (2003)
PC also reased Amelia's Easy-As-Pie Drawing Guide, a spiral bound legal pad style book with lots of drawing and sketching ideas from Amelia.
Between 2003 and 2005, PC dropped the Amelia series, where it was later picked up by Simon and Schuster. S&S continues to release new Amelia titles about her life in Middle School as well as gradually republishing (sometimes with different titles) the original Elementary School notebooks. All of the S&S books are hardback and smaller in size than the ones published by Tricycle and PC.
One easy way to tell the difference between the new and republished books is that the new Middle School books all have black spines with colored print, where as the new S&S versions of the elementary school books have different colored spines
Amelia's 6th Grade Notebook Series (Middle School): --Amelia's 6th Grade Notebook --Amelia's Most Unforgettable Embarrassing Moments --Amelia's Longest Biggest Most Fights Ever Family Reunion --Amelia's Book of Notes and Note Passing --Amelia's Gossip Guide --Amelia's Resolutions for the Best Year Ever
To be Published-Amelia's 7th Grade Notebook Series: --Amelia's 7th Grade Notebook (pub 8/2007) --Vote 4 Amelia (pub. 9/11/2007) --Amelia's Itchy-Twitchy Lovey-Dovey Summer at Camp Mosquito (pub. 4/2008)
The following books are identical except for the titles. After AG stopped publishing the Amelia books, some of the titles changed when Simon Schuster picked up the series. The content is the same, but the S&S versions are smaller and all in hardback format.
--Amelia Hits the Road (American Girl pub. version) changed to Amelia's Are-We-There-Yet Longest Ever Car Trip (Simon & Schuster Version). --Amelia Takes Command (AG Publishing) changed to Amelia's Bully Survival Guide (Simon Schuster). --Amelia's Best Year Ever (AG Publishing) changed to Amelia's 5th Grade Notebook (Simon Schuster). ----Madame Amelia Tells All (AG Publishing) changed to Amelia Tells All (Simon Schuster)
Amelia's Do-It-Yourself or Interactive Products --Amelia's Easy-As-Pie Drawing Guide --My Notebook (with help from Amelia) --Amelia Stationary Set --Amelia Software --Amelia's Moving Pictures (video) --Amelia rag doll
Max's Logbook--This is a companion book to the Amelia books. Max is a kid in Amelia's classes who decided to make his own notebook.
Marissa Moss also used the same format to publish some historical notebooks that take place in time periods similar to AG. They are also hand-written, hand illustrated, etc. The series was called the Young American Voices series and was published by Harcourt books. They were never published by PC or AG but were often found amoung the Amelia and AG books because of the similarities.