Some bad news today… American Girl is discontinuing the Samantha Parkington (and Best Friend Nellie) collection. Though the books will still be available in stores, the rest of the collection is moving to the American Girl Archives.
I was obsessed with the American Girl books and dolls as a child, and Samantha was my absolute favorite. Like me, she had dark brown hair and eyes, and loved pretty dresses and large hairbows. She was an orphan being raised by her wealthy grandparents in New York in 1904, and her stories touched on issues like child labor and women’s suffrage. It’s sad to think young girls will not have Samantha Parkington to learn from anymore, but she’ll always have a place in my heart.