In reading the article, “Our Dolls, Ourselves?”, which discusses the correlation of the doll’s personality to that of her owner, I realized how accurate it was. Girls pick their favorite American Girl doll based on her characteristics: not necessarily the time period, race, or economic background. Sure, those factors undoubtedly play a role, but at the age of 8-12 (the age of most American Girl fans) girls are fairly indifferent to the cultural differences of the dolls. At this transition from “girlhood” to their teenage years, girls are beginning to understand themselves, and what personality traits set them apart. The American Girl historical collection is made up of dolls from a variety of different backgrounds, which reflects on their unique personality traits. Girls choose to identify with a doll that they feel best represent themselves; or one that they aspire to be. For example, when I was growing up, I wanted to be exactly like Kit Kittredge, a doll from the 1930’s. She was strong, resourceful, loved her family, and was a spunky tomboy. This relates to the keyword “girlhood”, as these girls serve as role models to girls making the transition from “girlhood”to their teenage years. These dolls help to bridge the gap between these years by giving girls an example of someone of the same age making a similar transition. Whether the situation between the doll owner and the doll’s story are similar or completely different, the main takeaway for the girl reading is to relate to the doll, and learn from her story. Just as the author said, I too can attest that Kit Kittredge has helped to shape me both as a girl and now as a woman.