Maryellen Larkin, the newest character to join American Girl’s popular BeForever line, is an energetic and optimistic girl who follows her heart instead of the crowd growing up in Daytona Beach, Florida, in the 1950s. The Maryellen doll is 18” tall with warm brown eyes and strawberry-blonde hair in a high ponytail and sideswept bangs. Includes the paperback book, The One and Only, the first novel-length volume of Maryellen’s classic series by Valerie Tripp.
Why we like it: Maryellen teaches that it’s okay to be unique! Raised in the 1950s, Maryellen is a perfect tool to talk about what life was like back then, maybe even with Grandparents! Socio-emotional skills such as nurturing and tolerance, and the accompanying book can help foster understanding of others.