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American Girl

American Girl

Spring 2013 Magazines
Ages: 8 & Up
Newsstand Price: $4.95
Subscription Price: $22.95 / 6 Issues

American Girl magazine is published bi-monthly and aimed at girls ages 8 to 14. It's packed with bells and whistles—poster pull-outs, crafts, quizzes, advice, recipes, projects, contests and puzzles. In a given issue, readers can find out their personality type, what other readers keep in their backpack, learn a cool magic trick and get fresh decorating ideas for their room.

It's positive, wholesome fun, and there's a lot to keep readers busy. We found the DIY projects and instructional pieces to be simple to complete—we had most of the materials on hand—but still interesting. There's also an engaging non-fiction piece in each issue (one we enjoyed was about a reader hiking the Pacific Coast Trail with her Dad), and a short fiction piece.

There are the dolls, of course. To the magazine's credit, you can enjoy it without knowing anything about the dolls. There are one or two discreet ads, and each issue includes an activity or project related to a doll. The push is subtle, though.

American Girl delivers a positive upbeat message, it engages readers and has plenty of interesting activities.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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