We received a box from A Girl for all Time yesterday and inside it was two Matilda dolls, two Matilda’s Secret books by Sandra Goldbacher and two Matilda’s Keepsakes and Secrets activity books for girls. I will be announcing the complete rules and details of the Matilda giveaway later today, but in the mean time, I thought you might enjoy a little time travel as our retired American Girl Felicity shows off her Celtic Princess gown from Carpatina and welcomes Matilda to the “castle.”
Felicity welcomes Matilda to the castle. Matilda has had a long trip but is very happy to meet the others soon.
Felicity immediately asks Matilda to turn around – she wants to see Matilda’s long hair and her gorgeous gown from all angles.
Matilda explains how she is on a mission to teach girls from all over the world more about life as a young lady in the Tudor age (1500’s) in England and how while so many things are very different, things girls are interested in from fashion to friendship really aren’t all that different. Felicity can definitely relate – she has been bringing Colonial American life to girls of today since 1991.
Matilda takes off her headdress to reveal a much softer look for her silky, long brown hair. Felicity compliments her on it which really helps Matilda feel more at home. Matilda is 16″ tall and really is between an Ellowyne and a Carpatina Slim Body 18″ doll as far as size goes.
And a closer look at Matilda’s outfit which consists of historically accurate undergarments, the taupe velvet-like two-piece gown with burgundy underskirt, her headdress and a necklace which contains the key to her trunk. Incidentally, that key and the trunk are the two pieces that tie all the girls in the A Girl for all Time series together as it is passed on from generation to generation.
Look at Matilda’s adorable slippers! They have the same soft feel as her dress with gold trim.
Matilda says she likes it here. I just love the color of her eyes – not too blue, but the blue of a true friend.
Matilda and her stories are intense, so I don’t necessarily recommend them for little girls. As a matter of fact, I am going to read Matilda’s Secret out loud with Natalie (who is an advanced reader but is only 10) because I know she will have lots of questions regarding the way things were done centuries ago, but I do think she will find it all very fascinating and important, too.
I’m still working on the details of the giveaway – check back later today for the actual giveaway post!