OH HAI LOOK AT THIS!
This? Is the newest American Girl doll.
Named Rebecca Rubin.
AND SHE IS A RUSSIAN-JEWISH IMMIGRANT GIRL LIVING ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE IN 1914.
Do you know how long I have been saying they needed to make this doll?
AT LEAST TEN YEARS. Maybe longer.
It's even the decade I wanted them to use!
And she MARCHES IN A GARMENT WORKER'S STRIKE. How awesome is that?
Apparently they made a new hair color just for her, trying to avoid stereotyping. I'd have liked it better if she had ringlet-curly dark brown hair (LIKE MINE), but since she sort of looks like Susan Rubin who went to Hebrew school with me, I can let that go, mostly.
Originally I was just kind of mad at them for not making Molly Jewish, because Molly looks EXACTLY like childhood pictures of my mom. Her birthday party dress? Is IDENTICAL to the one my mother wore for her fifth birthday. But then I started to look at what decades they hadn't covered yet, and I kept hoping they'd do one from the 1910 decade, because of All-of-a-Kind Family, and things that would reflect my grandmothers, and all that.
And I waited. And we got Josefina. And Kaya. And blonde, blue-eyed Kit from the 1930s. And blonde Julie from the 1970s -- I REMEMBER the 1970s, people. And they all had CHRISTMAS stories. And all we got for Jewish dolls was a Girl of the Year, who's always a modern-day doll, and that's just not the same.
Now they finally have a doll whose story fits in MY history.
I WANT A DOLLY.