Regrettably, I don't read as often as I would like, but I will have to clear some time in my schedule for this book line that I've discovered. Our Canadian Girl is basically American Girl with a Canadian setting.
Now, I"m not saying that anyone "copied" on anyone. I mean, it's not that revolutionary to write a book line focusing on historical periods from the view of a young child. Hey, if the concept works, why not use it again!
So the Our Canadian Girl book series takes twelve different girls, all from various time periods and from various backgrounds but facing similar issues that girls today face. Here are some short bios from the main website, check out how much alike the line is to the American Girl historical line:
I will be tracking down this book series, hopefully I can find them easily here in the States. I'm so excited about finding this line though, the wheels in my head are turning. I have so many dolls that need new wigs and are in need of repair...I can sense a major customizing project coming on!
I think that every country should have a book line like this one and the American Girl series. Children need to learn about the history of their country, no matter what country they live in, and what better way to do it than through exciting historical literature! By the way, their main website is an excellent resource for everyone, from their child readers, to parents, to teachers. They have sample book chapters, "interviews" for the characters, a look into the character's world and time period, a timeline of Canada's history, maps, Questions and Answers with the Authors, and tons of interactive activities and projects. Go! Check it out. Who will be your favorite character?