But what is it about certain dolls that have the ability to become favorites? The ones that end up more than just another discarded plaything, but give children the ability to make a connection?
Those are the special few that are treasured and become more to the child than just a doll, they end up a true friend. So, is it possible to find one company that not only carries high quality, well made dolls for girls as well as boys, but is also on a mission to promote important concepts such as learning, caring and social consciousness?
There is. Those are the unique and admirable My Sibling and My Pals Dolls from LorettaRose, LLC.
A family-owned company that prides itself on producing high quality dolls and plush toys, LorettaRose, LLC has a fantastic Work Experience Program that gives teens and adults with developmental disabilities important work experiences, training and jobs in the packaging and labeling of available products.
How great is that?
When it comes to the dolls themselves, I love the idea that My Sibling and My Pal Dolls look like traditional 18" dolls but have the added uniqueness of their socially relevant purpose, cause or difference that they each promote... not to mention that there are just as many great boy options as there are girls!
Our society spends so much time trying to break down gender stereotypes and encourage all children to follow all of their interests, so why does it seem like the only male dolls that are available are all action figures or warriors?
In stark contrast, My Sibling and My Pal Dolls are positive, well-made and easy to appreciate by children as well as adults. Is there a way that a soccer-loving boy or girl could be anything other than enthralled with My Pal for Soccer?
Featuring black hair, brown eyes and medium skin, My Pal for Soccer was inspired by the creator's son and is the perfect buddy for children who have a strong interest in soccer.
As my daughters have no shortage of girl dolls, it was a welcome change when the My Pal for Soccer boy doll arrived to change things up a bit.
Standing 18" tall with a soft body and a posable plastic head, arms and legs, it didn't take long before we were admiring our little soccer player from head to toe.
His shiny, rooted hair, his individual eyelashes, his pint-size soccer uniform... it's all just so cute while being so well-made!
Both of the girls immediately pointed out that this new friend has soccer-themed shorts, an embroidered Velcro-closure shirt, white knee high socks, and (their favorite) white and red tennis shoes that tie and untie like real sneakers.
All he needs now is a soccer ball and a goal, right? Well, considering that he comes with a soft miniature soccer ball, all we needed was to designate a goal and the game was on!
Along with the enjoyment of having a friend, each My Pal doll comes with a booklet for children to learn from and enjoy, and the one accompanying My Pal for Soccer is just right for the young fan. Children can learn about the parts of the soccer field, the positions of the soccer players and facts about Major League and International soccer teams.
There are also pages on which children can write about their experiences playing or watching soccer, and their love for the sport.
While I appreciate the uniqueness of My Pal for Soccer, I also love that he is durable enough that my daughters can play with him, while still having the look of a doll that might stay on the shelf.
His hair is easy to brush and style and his cute, removable outfit is made in the USA. Gooooooooooal!
For a wonderful gift for your child, grandchild or friend, My Sibling and My Pal Dolls are a product that you'll feel good about on so many levels. Priced between $40 and $55 for the dolls, $8 to $15 for the accompanying plush products, and $3 to $8 for accessories, these high quality products are built to last for years of use. After all, My Pal Dolls are "Friends for any Reason, any Season!"
And, when you're ready to shop, it's easy to take advantage of savings on these great dolls, as the varying sales are always just in time for the next holiday. For instance, My Pal for Giving Thanks will be on sale from October 28-November 2, while My Pal for Christmas and My Pal for Hannukah will be on sale from November 4-9 and November 18-23. Then just become a fan on Facebook to find out about great deals all year round!
Be sure to visit MySiblingDolls.com to find out about the wide variety of My Pal and My Sibling Dolls available and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word about their great products and wonderful program.
Plus, thanks to the generosity of LorettaRose, LLC, one person will have the opportunity to see just how much fun, love and learning the My Pal and My Sibling Dolls can bring to a child's life, because...
One lucky person will win their choice of My Pal or My Sibling Doll!
A big thank you to LorettaRose, LLC for providing a My Pal Doll for me for review as well as the doll of choice for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.