In my last post I mentioned the American Girl Dolls. My Daughters & I Love them! They take stories of young girls throughout American History, make Dolls of them & write books telling their stories. It inspires girls to read & to play with dolls (two of my Favorite things!) :) But my Favorite is Samantha. When my girls were little we got them the Dolls & Books of Samantha & her best Friend Nellie! The Samantha & Nellie Dolls are now retired. And though my girls are now Teenagers, they still have their American Girl Dolls & Books, and will probably have them till they have Daughters of their own to pass them on to.
Set in 1904, Samantha (played by Anna Sophia Robb, of Soul Surfer) a girl of wealth who lives with her grandmother, who she calls "Grandmary" (I don't know why, but I just love that! After I read Little Women as a girl I started calling my Mom "Marmie" because they do in the book!) :) Nellie, along with her Father & 2 younger sisters move in next door as her neighbors servants. The 2 girls become fast friends. Samantha sharing her life of privilege & teaching Nellie how to read, & Nellie teaching Samantha how to do things like beat rugs, darn socks, etc. The two girls become very close.
Nellie: Ma'am, they do a lot of things they're not supposed to do.
But Nellie's Father dies after an illness & she and her sisters are sent to a terrible orphanage until Samantha sneaks them out & hides them in her attic. Nellie secretly takes a job in a factory to earn money to support her & her sisters until Samantha tracks her down & speaks out against Child labor. Samantha just wants a sister for Christmas, & her uncle & his new wife adopt the girls & the best friends finally do become sisters! It is such a good Movie! (much better than I am making it sound, trust me) I highly recommend all the American Girl Doll Movies! They promote Girl Power! Which any mother of Daughters hopes to instill into her girls.
Samantha: If we are, I hope I never wake up.