Monday, December 31, 2012


                      Come ChiIL Out with ChiIL Mama and her 9 year old daughter Sage in Chicago, to welcome 9 year old Saige Copeland, American Girl 2013 Girl of the Year, at American Girl Place Chicago on Tuesday, January 1!! 

**Girls visiting the store during Saige’s debut week, 
from January 1 through January 4, 
will receive a free doll-sized Saige t-shirt**

We got a press sneak peek at Saige's book a month ago and had to sit on it till now. As a mom of an artistic, 9 year old Sage who adores American Girl dolls.....we can't tell you how super stoked we are to welcome Saige--the new girl of the year for 2013!!!! We'll have a full review for you, photo filled features, an author interview and live coverage of the big release party at American Girl Place Chicago January 1-4th.

American Girl's 2013 Girl of the Year is almost here! Arriving January 1, Saige Copeland is a spirited, talented 9 year old girl who comes to realize that the arts — both of today and long ago — are worth preserving. Through Saige, girls will discover the power of creativity and imagination to help them overcome challenges, large and small.


We just finished reading the first Saige book by Jessie Haas and highly recommend it.  The arts are hugely important to our family and our society.  Saige is an endearing character and my creative, artistic daughter's elated to have her as her namesake! 

This heartwarming story deals with changing friendships, family responsibilities, overcoming obstacles & accidents, and talented tweens discovering what they are capable of.   As a family that counts 2 big dogs among our beloved family members, we especially enjoyed the close relationships between people and animals featured in Jessie Haas' Saige book.   This was a great family read and we treasured the time spent enjoying it together.

A spirited, imaginative girl who loves painting and horseback riding, Saige uses her talents and creativity to bring her family and friends together to raise money for an after-school arts program. Guests attending the special launch celebration will be the first to see the brand-new Saige doll, accessories, and books, and learn about Saige’s inspiring story of turning passion to persuasion to promote the arts in her community. 

We can't wait to pick up the sequel.

Girls visiting the store during Saige’s debut week, from January 1 through January 4, will receive a free doll-sized Saige t-shirt and will have the opportunity to participate in several free activities inspired by Saige’s world, including: 

    Saige Drawing Demonstrations: Girls will learn drawing tips from local teaching artists, who will share basic techniques while they draw horses, dogs, landscapes, and other objects inspired by Saige’s stories.

Horse Collage & Hot Air Balloon Crafts: Girls can let their creativity                          
soar, just like Saige, as they create a horse collage or paper hot-air balloon.

Saige Scavenger Hunt: Girls will learn about Saige as they go on a fun-filled scavenger hunt, collecting fun facts about the new Girl of the Year along the way. 
Photo Opportunity: Girls can capture a memory of their visit by getting their picture taken alongside a colorful Saige-themed hot-air balloon display.

     American Girl Place Chicago, 835 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago 
Tuesday, January 1, 2013: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

About American Girl:
                                          American Girl Brands, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT,, the world’s leading toy company. Since American Girl’s inception in 1986, the company has devoted its entire business to celebrating the potential of girls ages 3 to 12. American Girl encourages girls to dream, to grow, to aspire, to create, and to imagine through a wide range of engaging and insightful books, age-appropriate and educational products and unforgettable experiences. 

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