Thanks to tips from a few readers, they noticed that Amazon updated the American Girl Caroline Abbott books collection with photos of the book covers today. These are still considered Pre-Order until September 4, 2012, but Amazon is still has the best prices on them. I just ordered the Boxed Set, Mini Doll and Color & Craft Book.
The following are the titles Amazon has now – descriptions are from Amazon.
Caroline’s Boxed Set with Game - This keepsake boxed set features all six of Caroline’s beautifully illustrated books, filled with her inspiring stories about growing up during the War of 1812. The box opens up to reveal a board game where girls collect cards and earn points. The board game and playing pieces tuck into a storage pouch that folds-up with a ribbon closure.
Meet Caroline! Book 1 - Caroline Abbott is doing what she loves most–sailing on Lake Ontario with Papa–when her world turns upside down. A British officer boards their sloop, announces that Britain and America are once again at war, and takes her father prisoner. As Papa is led away, Caroline promises him that she will be brave until he returns. Then the British attack her village, and it looks as if the Americans are in trouble. Can she stay steady enough to help win the day? The illustrated “Looking Back” section explores the beginning of the War of 1812.
Caroline’s Secret Message – Book 2 - Caroline and her mother make a dangerous journey across Lake Ontario to the British fort where Papa is being held prisoner. When Mama isn’t allowed to see Papa, it’s up to Caroline to pass a secret message to him–right under the nose of a British guard! She hopes desperately that Papa will understand her message and make an escape. But can she get to him in time? The illustrated “Looking Back” section explores how the War of 1812 affected women and children.
A Surprise for Caroline – Book 3 - Caroline imagined it would be great fun to have two girls staying at her house for the winter. But her friend Rhonda and her cousin Lydia seem to have more in common with each other than they do with Caroline. Worse, they’d rather stay inside styling hair than go skating and sledding on a beautiful day. When nothing Caroline tries seems to change things, her hurt feelings lead her to make a dangerous decision–one that puts all three girls on very thin ice! The illustrated “Looking Back” section discusses Christmastime and growing up in the early 1800s.
Caroline Takes a Chance – Book 4 - While Caroline is out fishing one spring day, she sees a British warship about to capture an American boat. With only an instant to decide what to do, Caroline takes a daring risk to try to save the day. She’s been trying to be brave, like she promised Papa, but would he be proud of her now? Missing him terribly, Caroline visits their special fishing spot on the shore of Lake Ontario. She hopes to find comfort there–but instead she makes a startling discovery! The illustrated “Looking Back” section discusses transportation and medicine in the early 1800s.
Caroline’s Battle – Book 5 - Caroline’s father has just returned when they receive frightening news–British warships are sailing to attack Sackets Harbor. Every grown man, including Papa, has been called to defend the village. Mama and Caroline are left alone to guard Abbott’s Shipyard as the battlefront draws ever closer. Caroline knows she must be brave to keep Papa’s shipyard safe. But when the battle seems lost, Mama gives her a terrible order: burn the shipyard to the ground. Will Caroline really be able to do what must be done? The illustrated “Looking Back” section discusses the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the burning of the White House during the War of 1812.
Changes for Caroline – Book 6 - A letter arrives for Caroline, asking her to come help her uncle Aaron and cousin Lydia on their new farm for the summer. Although Caroline is reluctant to leave her family, she’s eager to lend a hand. So when she suspects that a thief has been stealing much-needed food from the farm, Caroline helps keep watch to guard against the uninvited visitor. Then she makes an unexpected discovery–and learns that some things are not as simple as they seem. The illustrated “Looking Back” section explores how America began to change at the end of the War of 1812.
Caroline Mini Doll – the 6″ version of American Girl Caroline Abbott. She comes with a mini version of Meet Caroline, too.
Caroline’s Play Scenes & Paper Dolls: Decorate rooms and act out scenes from this character’s stories! Includes Caroline and Lydia punch-out paper dolls, plus outfits and accessories from 1812. It opens up into two pretty scenes that you can decorate with punch-out rugs, paintings, and furniture. Story starter cards invite you to act out scenes from Caroline’s stories, and the reusable stick-on dots let you dress the paper dolls and decorate the rooms again and again.
Caroline’s Color & Craft - Color Caroline’s world and create cute crafts inspired by her stories! Add your own artistic flair to 12 illustrations–including special foil- and flock-art pages. You can fold fancy boxes, make a mini flower basket, even create fancy garlands to adorn your bedroom. While you’re creating, you can store your pages in the included portfolio… when your art is ready to be revealed, flip through the fun display ideas for decoration inspiration!
I am looking forward to reading Caroline’s stories and will decide if she will be added to our collection once Natalie and I have both read them. How about you?