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Giveaway Results: Kanani American Girl Doll ($100 Value)

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When American Girl reached out to me about hosting a giveaway and review for our site of their new 2011 American Girl Doll, Kanani, I almost could not contain my excitement. When our doll arrived in a box on our doorstep, I gently took her out of the box and stroked her face and hair, squealed over her tiny sandals, gasped at the beauty of the book ..and my husband looked at me in the most bewildered fashion I have ever seen.

“Won’t Emily just love this?” I said.

“Is this for Emily…or you? ” he replied.

It is true, I never had an American Girl doll, but Emily has been the proud owner of two beautiful hand-me-down dolls that she sleeps with every night and dresses every day. We are huge fans of the American Girl Dolls for their authentically beautiful stories and the doll’s heirloom qualities that make them a treasure to be handed down from generation to generation.We are planning to make our own visit to an American Girl store and indulge in a tea party with our dolls one day. After all,  what is the point of having a little girl if you never get to do that?

In all seriousness, the new Kanini American Girl doll is American Girl’s Doll of the Year that would be the perfect for any little girl’s doll collection and shares a beautiful story about Kanini’s life in Hawaii by famed author, Lisa Yee.

Kanani arrives in a breezy outfit that’s perfect for island life dressed in a ocean blue, floral-print dress with a sequined appliqué and a ruffled hem. She comes with a traditional Hawaiian necklace, a faux hibiscus flower to wear in her hair, and bright blue ruffled sandals.

The  doll is 18 inches tall with a soft cloth body. She has hazel eyes and long, loose curls, and her movable head and limbs are made of smooth vinyl. The Aloha, Kanani book is the first story about this cheerful girl who helps others by sharing the aloha spirit of Hawai’i. Author: Lisa Yee. Paperback.

The book is written by acclaimed author Lisa Yee, the 2011 Girl of the Year books—Aloha, Kanani and Good Job, Kanani—introduce readers to Kanani and her small seaside town on the island of Kaua‘i. Kanani loves working in her family’s shave ice and sweet treats store, as well as sharing the wonders of Hawai‘i with visitors. Whether she’s making her cousin from New York feel welcome on the island, helping rescue a baby Hawaiian monk seal, or assisting older people in her community, Kanani learns that by sharing herself and her home in the true aloha spirit, she is able to make life better for others. The back of each Kanani book features profiles of real girls who, like Kanani, discover the joy of helping others through their gifts and efforts, however small.

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One winner, chosen at random, will receive a Kanani American Girl Doll (valued at $100). Please submit your entries by Tuesday (01/25) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

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    I absoulutely love the New Kanani doll. It’s great to see the added diversity to the book series and dolls. I love that she is not portrayed as ‘a token ‘exotic’ outsider but another representation of what america is all about.

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    I love how long her hair is, compared to the other AG dolls. What a fun giveaway, I would love to win for my daughter!

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    My almost-10-year-old daughter has asked for Kenani for her birthday this year. She loves the long hair and the green eyes (like her mommy’s). :)

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    I love this doll and how all the American girl dolls have such wonderful, in-depth backstories. This one has such a beautiful location associated with her.

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    My daughter would LOVE this doll. She loves to go see all the dolls at the store but currently does not own one yet :)

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    I love her cute little sandals; my little girl would love to have her first American Girl Doll.

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    Love all of the stories that go with the American Girl dolls. Can’t wait for my daughter to be old enough to get one!

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    I wish I could figure out how to twitter so I could follow you there. It appears that you have a lot of information that I am interested in. Thank you for posting it.

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    I love this doll… I was just looking through their catalog. My daughter is just getting into dolls and would love it

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    I would love to buy one of these for my daughter! I would never be able to spend that much on such a beautiful doll, but would love to have the opperuntiy for my daughter to get one! she loves playing with dolls and a couple of girls in our neighborhood have a american doll would love my daughter to have that experience as well! thanks!

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    I love AG doll and think every doll they have come out with is amazing. I especially love the fact that AG tackles the idea of doll diversity. AG has come out with many dolls of different culture and nationality. I think this instills positiveness in our young girls. I love Kanani and have since I saw her introduced in the catalog this year. Just another great introduction of culture AG has given our girls.

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    I love Kanani’s hair and her breezy summer style. :) My daughter would be thrilled to have an AG doll for a friend.

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    I would love to win this for my 5 year old daughter. I love her sandals and she looks like my daughter!

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    I wanted an American Doll when I was little, but never got one! Now that I’m a mom, my daughter has been wanting one also, but I just can’t afford one yet! Kanani is beautiful!!

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    I follow you on facebook.. My daughter would love to have this beautiful American Girl doll!

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    My daughter would love this doll!! She has started to grow her hair long like Kanani’s!

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    Kanani is so beautiful-I love her hair! We love AG dolls-the quality is amazing, and I love their little accessories!

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