Melody Ellison is the newest BeForever American Girl Doll. This sweet doll comes with her own story, family, and community. Melody Ellison introduces girls to civil rights issues and the social climate of the 1960s. Her story reflects the changing face and history of the nation during that important historical era. With her classic look, outfits and accessories that are specific to American Girl, Melody is an instant classic that helps young girls personally relate to important historical events of the past.
American Girl Melody Ellison has deep brown eyes that open and close and thick black hair. She comes in an authentic 1964 outfit featuring a bright blue and green houndstooth A-line dress with a blue cowl collar, a blue bow on the chest, and blue bows on the side pleats. Her blue ribbon bow headband coordinates with her blue patent shoes, also with bows on the toes. Melody has a huggable cloth body, smooth vinyl movable head and limbs, and measures 18". She also comes with her own paperback book "No Ordinary Sound", the first novel-length volume of Melody's classic series.
Nine-year-old Melody is growing up in Detroit in the mid-1960s, a time of great energy, optimism, and change for the African American community. She is a singer and loves to perform in church, with her family, and in her community. Her stories are set against the backdrop of the growing civil rights movement and the music scene including the success and popularity of Motown Records and its artists.
Melody is inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. to fulfill her own dreams by lifting her voice for fairness and equality. Her story is about pursuing success despite racial inequality.
Perfect for girls who love music and performing, Melody encourages girls to find their own "voice" and express their opinions, as well as connect with the past on a more personal level.
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American Girl worked for over two years with an esteemed six-member advisory board who reviewed and provided input on all aspects of Melody's development—from the doll, books, outfits, accessories, issues, and story setting. The Melody advisory board members included:
Fans can participate in American Girl's Lift Your Voice with Melody campaign and watch the Lift Your Voice with Melody video and then share their own inspiring videos and photos on how they make a difference, using the hashtag #LiftYourVoice. Starting August 26, American Girl retail stores are hosting free Melody-inspired events geared for girls ages 8 and up that include a free craft, 1960s music, food, and a free gift. More details are available at americangirl.com/retail.
I loved American Girl as a child and I continue to love sharing these sweet and important stories with my own two daughters. History can be very impersonal and American Girl dolls help girls connect with the past in a way that is conducive to play. Some of my favorite characters growing up were Kirsten, Felicity, and Samantha. American Girl has always been successful with connecting present generations with historical events of the past through their darling American Girl dolls and stories. Best of all, American Girl encourages girls to just be themselves, pursue their dreams, and shine in their communities. Melody Ellison is a perfect pal for 1950's American Girl Maryellen Larkin!
My oldest daughter especially loves her American Girl dolls and dress-up accessories. Because we treat our dolls with great care, it's a wonderful opportunity for her to learn how to take care of her things. Fortunately American Girl dolls are made with high quality materials and details, able to withstand lots of wear from little girls who like to bring them everywhere!
Any girl who loves American Girl will love the new Melody BeForever doll! Learn more about her story at americangirl.com.
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