I was contacted by the Granza company to see if we would be interested in receiving an Adorable Kinders Rag Doll to review for our site. With one little girl who adores dolls in our house, we were more than happy to share our thoughts on the product and to get the opportunity to share one of these dolls with our readers.
I still have rag dolls from my childhood that my daughter plays with so I was excited to see this classic doll making a comeback! After browsing the 26 different dolls that were offered, we selected the Alise doll for our daughter. Our Emily really resists getting dressed and prefers wearing her pajamas all day so I knew Alise, complete with furry slippers, pajamas, and her teddy bear would be the perfect doll for Emily.
The doll came beautifully wrapped in a sturdy box and was nestled in tissue paper. The details on this doll are what make her absolutely special though and a true family heirloom. From the details in the stitching to the thoughtful inclusions of underwear, socks, and shoes, it is a doll that your daughter will positively adore.
The doll is super soft and has beautifully woven yarn hair complete with hair accessories. Each of the Adorable Kinders Rag Dolls is made of 100% soft cloth, with no hard or plastic parts, which makes them the perfect companion for naptime and nighttime. These dolls also weigh less than 2 lbs so it makes it the perfect buddy for trips away from home too.
I am extremely impressed with the quality of this doll and you can see the love and care that goes into each doll. What makes these dolls even more special though is the legacy behind them.
Aranza Zamora-Goodenbury began hand-making rag dolls at age 16 in her native Puerto Rican home. They were such a hit, she began making rag dolls regularly, and each was better than the last. Despite her passion for making the dolls, motherhood and other careers soon took over. In her free time, Aranza still created rag dolls and was interested in producing a line of dolls and computer games based on her dolls. It wasn’t until her son Ivan got involved that the idea took off, and the two of them began to work on the product full-time.
Just as the product design and concept was coming together, Aranza’s son Ivan passed away from an undetected heart condition. Struck with grief and missing her business partner, Aranza tabled the rag doll project.
A few years later, Aranza gave one of her rag dolls to a friend’s daughter for her birthday. Everyone at the birthday party, including the dads, fell in love with this simple yet extraordinary rag doll. Future business partner and husband, Greg Goodenbury, was at that party and saw everyone’s reaction to Aranza’s doll. After more than a year of planning, Greg and Aranza decided to proceed with the rag doll project.
Together they formed GRANZA, Inc.— a name created by combining the names Greg and Aranza, and developed a line of 26 doll characters and the Adorable Kinders eSchool. They decided to keep operations based in the U.S., to help create local jobs. The 26 characters they created represent a wide range of ethnicities, hair colors and personalities—much like you would find in any kindergarten classroom.
You have to love a story like that behind the product itself and we know that our Alise doll will be loved and a beautiful gift nestled beneath the Christmas tree for our daughter!
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