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In a world where sometimes bullies are all around us, it is so important to teach our children about the beauty of differences in people. Selma’s Dolls is a new doll series that features adorable rag dolls that celebrate the differences in others through their beautiful storytelling. My daughter is in fourth grade and is constantly dealing with the discovery that not everyone is the same. These dolls are a great way for me as a parent to approach the topic that being different is ok.
The debut collection of Selma’s Dolls features ragdolls Annie, Lola, and Ameena. The dolls are made for children ages 2 and up as a way to introduce the beauty of differences through play. Via the storybook, parents can teach their children that differences are special and lead to friendship and understanding. And ultimately those differences lead to wonder and acceptance. Here’s a 1-minute video explaining their concept.
The charming results are Annie who wears a blue and yellow butterfly dress pattern to represent awareness for people with Down syndrome. Lola wears a Mexican-inspired print that’s a nod to Alva-Ruiz’s heritage. And lovely Ameena wears the color green, as green has a number of traditional associations and meanings in Islam.
Measuring 12.8 inches tall, the soft dolls are perfectly sized for little hands to grasp and hug yet sturdy enough to sit upright. Annie, Lola and Ameena’s clothing incorporates the olive branch that is a universal symbol of peace and part of the Selma’s Dolls logo. Selma’s Dolls are lightweight and made with a variety of soft and snuggly materials like Jersey Knit fabric. Best of all, each doll can be spot cleaned.
Accompanying every doll is a sweetly illustrated storybook titled the First Day of School. The 18-page hardback book features a little girl named Selma – the inspiration behind Selma’s Dolls – who overcomes her first day of school jitters with the help of some new friends. Each friend is able to teach Selma something beautiful and help Selma see that we are all much more the same than we are different. The book includes conversation starters to help parents and caregivers talk with their child about how everyone’s differences are beautiful.
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