Meet Rebecca, an American Girl Doll and LES resident
Tue May 26 2009
This past weekend, American Girl formally announced the newest addition to its lineup of historical dolls: Rebecca Rubin, a nine-year-old Russian-Jewish immigrant living right here on Manhattan's Lower East Side circa 1914. She's the first Semitic girl in the series, and so far, she's getting good reviews: the hard-to-please director of the Anti-Defamation League even liked her! Like her AG sisters, Rebecca will be introduced via six books, which give kids the chance to peer at life on the LES long before the days of skinny jeans and trendy bars. The adventures, mishaps and lessons learned in these titles take Rebecca from her father's shoe shop on Rivington Street to the carnival rides of Coney Island. As with all the American Girl stories, Rebecca's tales include light story lines, like her desire to become an actress, as well as heavier historical issues, such as religion and the hardships of immigration. The doll, expected to retail for $95, will be unveiled this Sunday, May 31. Fans can stop by the American Girl Place from 9am-2pm for a free day of crafts and activities inspired by Rebecca. Stick around to meet the author of the books, Jacqueline Dembar Greene, from 3:30-5:30pm. The following Sunday, little history buffs can learn more about Rebecca at the American Girl Store before getting a private tour of the New York Tenement Museum. American Girl Place, 609 Fifth Ave at 49th Street, 877-247-5223.