I firmly believe that every girl should have a classic rag doll in their collection. Unfortunately for my daughter, I really don’t know anyone able or willing to learn how to make handmade rag dolls for her, which is why I was absolutely thrilled when I found Adorable Kinders and was granted the opportunity to review a doll in Granza’s vast collection of soft rag dolls.
The Adorable Kinders by Granza, Inc. are a high quality line of dolls that consists of 26 “kindergarten friends”, each with a name beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. They are 18 inches tall and you can choose between a wide variety of both girls and boys with different features and characteristics. Instead of going with the “L” doll for our daughter (which happens to be a cute little Kinder named Landon), we fell in love with Faith, a cute little brunette that had the sweetest little summer outfit.
Faith arrived extremely fast and was beautifully boxed and wrapped in tissue paper ready for gift giving. My daughter opened her up and let out a squeal of delight before delicately lifting Faith out to squeeze her tight. Immediately I was surprised by the size of her, probably because when I was choosing an Adorable Kinder I was too busy looking at how cute they all were and didn’t bother to read the part that said they were all a nice 18” tall. The Adorable Kinders are the perfect size for playing and are a nice substantial weight, but at less than 2lbs they aren’t too heavy for little ones.
The size, weight and looks of the Adorable Kinders really remind me of the rag doll I had growing up. When I was four we couldn’t afford the store-bought doll I so desperately wanted for Christmas, so my aunt sewed me up a special handmade doll instead. This little hand-made doll was declared “Molly” by me and immediately she and I were best friends. Even well after I actually played with dolls, I still enjoyed making miniature things for Molly, from tiny little lunches made out of fabric and craft supplies fashioned together to look like food all the way to a full kindergarten set up that included a mini backpack and fake homework.
My (real) best friend and I would spend hours creating her lunches, school work and even sometimes attempting to make her clothing (it turned out horrendous) and shoes (even worse). The fact that Molly had become less of a doll and more of a really special keepsake turned art project made it so she claimed a place of honor in my room for years after I packed up all my Barbies and princess stuff. In fact, Molly was one of the very last dolls that was boxed up and stored in my closet once I had decided that all these dolls were cramping my style and seriously limiting my coolness (because sharing a room with my baby sister was un-cool enough).
I am extremely excited that my daughter now has her own “Molly” that she can grow up with, and hopefully will love as much as I loved my special rag doll. In a really cool coincidence, each Adorable Kinder comes complete with a registration certificate and internet key-code that allows you to register your doll at the Adorable Kinders eSchool. The eSchool offers online games for your kids to play in a safe and secure setting that “grows” with your child from preschool all the way to K-12, allowing you to “graduate” by completing all the games for each grade level.
Since my little one is still too young for computing, I took the eSchool tour for her and was matching Spanish words, doing elementary math and ePainting my Adorable Kinders cards in no time. As soon as my daughter is finally allowed to touch my laptop, I know she's going to have a great time playing with the site and learning alongside her Faith doll. I can’t wait to start searching for a special backpack for Faith to wear to her eSchool, and to teach my daughter the skills I picked up in my years of making miniature doll accessories.
I see many more years of sewing, gluing and creating in my future as I help my daughter enjoy her Adorable Kinder Doll. Besides the obvious sentimental connection of the special rag doll for my special little girl, I really love that the Adorable Kinders dolls and clothing are all hand or machine washable. Even better is that everything is 100% American made and contain no plastic or hard parts at all. It’s no wonder Granza, Inc. has won so many awards for their Adorable Kinders rag dolls; they are perfect for snuggling, perfect for displaying, and Adorable Kinders are the perfect friend for your little one.
Price: $59.99 with numerous outfits and accessories available to really expand your collection. Until 12/31/09 you can use the coupon code AKBLOG25 and receive 25% off your purchase.
And now for the Giveaway...
One Rave and Review reader will win one of these awesome Adorable Kinders of their very own! To enter, just visit the Adorable Kinders site and tell me which doll you would love to give (or keep), and who would be the lucky recipient.
This Giveaway is closed. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to Trish, who has been contacted and confirmed as the winner!
A big thank you to Granza, Inc. for creating a special keepsake for my little one and for offering a giveaway to our fabulous readers. No type of monetary compensation was received for this Rave Review.