Meet Caroline: American Girl's Newest Historical Character

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Meet Caroline Abbott! She is the latest historical character from the American Girl collection, a daring, self reliant nine-year-old girl who learns to steer a steady course amid the challenges of war while growing up in Sackets Harbor, New York, on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812.

Debuting on September 4, Caroline's debut will include a doll, books and accessories that will inspire today's girls with stories of courage and kindness as she becomes a true hero by giving of herself without expecting anything in return - becoming the kind of real everyday hero that any girl can be.

The Caroline doll is 18' tall with light aquamarine eyes and long blond hair. She arrives wearing an empire-waist dress trimmed with ruffles and a woven floral sash, lacy pantalettes, ribbed-knit stockings, pink shoes, with a Meet Caroline paperback book written by Kathleen Ernst. Her accessories include a faux-straw bonnet adorned with fabric flowers, a drawstring purse, and a little top that really spins.

Caroline also launches with six historical books written by author and social historian Kathleen Ernst. The book series includes Meet Caroline, Caroline's Secret Message, A Surprise for Caroline, Caroline Takes a Chance, Caroline's Battle, and Changes for Caroline; a beautiful, 18-inch Caroline doll featuring butter blonde hair and light blue eyes; and an array of historically accurate clothes and accessories that represent Caroline's time period.

Starting September 4 through October 31, 2012, girls are invited to create and submit a video clip (up to 60 seconds) about a time when they felt like an everyday hero. The video can be shared online at americangirl.com/playcaroline. Six video finalists will be selected by American Girl based on creativity, originality, visual appeal, and best use of the heroism theme. Then, starting November 5, American Girl fans can vote online for their favorite video finalist. The grand-prize winner will receive a trip for four to Washington D.C. to visit the American Girl store; a VIP tour at the Smithsonian to learn more about Caroline's era; and a Caroline doll, accessories, and six-book set. Visit americangirl.com/playcaroline for complete details.

The Caroline doll, books, and accessories will be available through the American Girl catalogue, at americangirl.com, and at American Girl retail stores. For a catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005.

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