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American Girl of the Year 2013 is Saige Copeland


American Girl of the Year 2013 is Saige Copeland
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Updated December 28, 2012

Every year, American Girl releases 1 doll that is only available for that year, or until supplies last. The American Girl of the Year 2013 is Saige Copeland. The 18 inch American Girl Doll, Saige, will be available January 1st. Saige is a 9-year-old girl who lives on her grandmother's ranch in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Saige will bring creative, artistic inspiration to young girls, with interests that include hot air ballooning, painting, as well as horseback riding and training.

The 18 inch Saige doll has long auburn hair and various fashionable outfits. Sold separately, enthusiasts can purchase her posable horse, hot air balloon, and supplies depicting Saige as a painter.

The books included with the doll feature Saige, who will enter the 4th grade in a school system that is facing budgetary cuts, eliminating the arts from the curriculum. All American Girl stories inspire young girls to be proactive. In the book entitled Saige written by Jessie Haas and illustrated by Sarah Davis, Saige along with her grandmothers guidance initiates a "save the arts" parade as a fund-raiser utilizing Mimi's horse, Picasso.

Jessie Haas, the author of the books in the Saige series entitled Saige and Saige Paints the Sky, grew up in a Vermont farm with a love for reading, as well as horseback riding and training. Ms. Haas has written 33 children's books, that have won various awards.

Additional opportunities and contests for young girls will occur online, and in various American Girl retail stores. Beginning January 1st, elementary art teachers can enter to win 1 of 13 grants totaling $45,000. Entries must be received online via May 31, 2013. Teachers will submit a digital image of a hot-air-ballon-themed art project, along with a written essay on why art matters in their school.

Young girls can enter the Soar with Saige Sweepstakes by downloading a hot-air balloon template from americangirl.com/girloftheyear. Using pencils, crayons or markers, the girls will color their artwork by April 1, 2013. The entries will be uploaded to an online hot-air balloon mosaic. 10 prize packages will be available.

A free downloadable curriculum has been created for kids in grades 3-6. Activities for teachers and parents are include via the Americans for the Arts website at AmericansForTheArts.org/go/AmericanGirl.

Many young girls enjoy partaking in experiences at the American Girl Place retail stores nationwide. With the release of Saige, there will be painting demonstrations, craft activities, photo opportunities and Saige-inspired meals. I had the pleasure of touring American Girl Place in New York City, here is more information on the American Girl experience.

If your child enjoys arts and crafts, here are several American Girl arts and crafts activities. Caroline Abbott is the newest doll in the American Girl historical collection that was released in 2012, here is a full review on the American Girl Caroline Abbott doll.

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