Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



The American Girls Premiere

The American Girls Premiere

1998 Software
Ages: 7 - 12 yrs.
Price: $34.95
Review:
History in a doll house? That’s where this interactive multimedia extension of your daughter’s fascination with American Girls Collection dolls goes. Using the five “American Girls” stars (Felicity the Colonial Girl, Kirsten the Frontier Girl, Addy the Civil War Girl, Samantha the Victorian Girl, and Molly the World War II Girl), children create their own stage dramas—handling everything from writing the script, to adding props and music, to working the lighting, to directing the action. Re-enact five historical eras with the help of 55 other characters, dozens of costume changes, hundreds of historical tunes and sound effects galore. A sample play and plenty of hints and help get curtains rising quickly despite the complexities. And girls will be giddy about substituting their own recorded voices reading their stars’ lines instead of the computer-generated text-to-speech voices. Is it history-making dolls or dolls making history?
Don Oldenburg   ©1998 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.


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