Thursday, January 2, 2014

American Girl Isabelle The Dancer Is Here #AmericanGirl

Here at ChiIL Mama, we're excited to announce Isabelle, the dancer, is the new 2014 American Girl of the year.


Come ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama and meet Isabelle!   Here in Chicago, our non stop snow will be clearing this Friday, for the final day of Isabelle's welcome celebration at American Girl Place in Water Tower Mall, THIS Friday from 11-1pm.   ChiIL Mama will be there, will YOU?!

We got a sneak peek press preview copy of the first Isabelle book, and we've been reading it aloud as a family, around the fire, as the snow storms raged outside.   We're enjoying Laurence Yep's colorful style.   He's an award winning Chinese American author who has written over 60 books, many of them about dragons!   In addition to the Isabelle series, his other published books from American Girl include Spring Pearl: The Last Flower and the 2008 Girl of the Year series, Mia and Bravo, Mia! 

―Feature-Length DVD Based on the New Character Debuting in Summer 2014―

As of January 1, 2014, Isabelle, American Girl’s 2014 Girl of the Year, will dance her way into the hearts of girls nationwide. Isabelle, an inspired dancer with a flair for design, is studying ballet at a performing-arts school in Washington, D.C. The Isabelle collection, available for only one year, comes to life with a beautiful 18-inch Isabelle doll featuring long blonde hair with removable pink-tipped highlights and an array of outfits and accessories, including a design-studio armoire and mix-and-match dance fashions. And to further engage girls, a movie based on Isabelle’s stories will premiere on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in summer 2014. 

Written by award-winning author Laurence Yep, the 2014 Girl of the Year® books―Isabelle, Designs by Isabelle, and To the Stars, Isabelle―introduce readers to Isabelle Palmer, a talented ten-year-old girl who loves to dance and to design ballet costumes. When she starts attending the Anna Hart School of the Arts, Isabelle has a hard time getting her proper footing―both in her transition to a new school and in the dance studio. To complicate the situation, her older sister, Jade, is the star ballerina at the school, and a rival classmate tries to make Isabelle feel as if she doesn’t belong there. Isabelle struggles with self-doubt, but when she stops comparing herself to others and learns to focus on her own unique talents, she finds a special way to stand out and to use her passions to help others, too. The nonfiction section in the back of the Isabelle books features real girls who, like Isabelle, have followed their creative interests to discover a spotlight   of their own.  

To celebrate Isabelle’s launch, American Girl has created an array of special Isabelle-related initiatives throughout the year, including the following:

  Try New Moves with Isabelle: Starting January 1, girls can discover their talents at the online version of the Anna Hart School of the Arts at Girls can explore the school’s rooms to learn about ballet, fashion design, writing, acting, and more, plus they can unlock exclusive videos and content related to Isabelle and her upcoming movie. Girls who register at Isabelle’s online academy are entered for a chance to win a monthly drawing for an Isabelle doll and book or the Grand Prize―a deluxe trip for four to New York City and tickets to New York City Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker

Isabelle Apps and Online Play: Girls can get to know Isabelle and her world even better with two special apps―a free app that explores her love of design and an exclusive paid app that’s all about dance. To learn more, search “American Girl” at the Apple App Store. Girls can also visit for Isabelle book excerpts, movie-related videos, games, and much more.

Isabelle Learning Guide: A free downloadable curriculum encourages children in grades 3 to 6 to explore and discuss important themes in Isabelle’s stories, such as discovering your own creative inspiration and sharing your talents with others. The Isabelle Learning Guide is available for download at the For Parents and Teachers section on

Isabelle Retail Events: Starting January 1, girls can take part in Isabelle-themed events at American Girl retail stores nationwide, including dance demonstrations, free craft activities, giveaways, photo opportunities, and delicious Isabelle-themed meals. For more details on the in-store events, visit

On January 1, 2014, the Isabelle collection will be available through American Girl’s catalogue,    at, and at all American Girl retail locations. The Isabelle books can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers. To learn more about the Isabelle sweepstakes and promotions, go to or American Girl’s Facebook page at To request a free American Girl catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005. 


American Girl is a premium brand for girls and a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT, ), the world’s leading toy company. Since its inception in 1986, American Girl has been devoted to celebrating girls ages 3 to 12 through age-appropriate, high-quality dolls and accessories, books, clothes, movies, and unforgettable experiences. Best-selling lines include My American Girl®, Girl of the Year®, Bitty Baby®, and its classic historical characters. Headquartered in Middleton, WI, the company sells products exclusively through its award-winning catalogue, on , and in its experiential retail stores. By inspiring girls to be their best, American Girl has earned the loyalty of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents and educators. To learn more about American Girl or request a free catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005 or visit ,, or

Enter to win:

ChiIL Mama's Holidaze Giveaways continue with an awesome American Girl Bitty Baby & book set ($80 value).   Coming soon.  

Light skin, brown hair, green eyes
Item# F6254

This Bitty Baby doll is just waiting for your little girl to bring her home for cuddles and playtime. She's 15" tall with light skin, brown hair, and green eyes that open and close. She has a huggable cloth body, and her head and limbs are made of smooth vinyl. Bitty Baby arrives with:
  • A white sleeper with scattered pink stars and a mock-wrap neckline trimmed with a ribbon ruffle
  • A soft cloth diaper
  • A hardcover Bitty Baby and Me picture book that brings her story to life
  • A sparkly wishing star, just like the one from her book

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