Friday, October 12, 2012
By EARTHA TERRELL
Barnes and Noble journeyed through a sea of adventure and made reading an interactive experience for young girls during the facility’s “American Girl” story time Sept. 21.
Countless girls brought in a variety of American Girl dolls, which are fictional characters that represent a variety of ethnic backgrounds during different eras in American history.
“I think it gives them a sense of physical contact and brings history to life. It also makes reading more interesting for them because they can interact with their dolls and learn at the same time. They do a fabulous job for all ages. My girls are from the ages of 3 to 10 and they incorporate something for all of them,” said Michelle Ray, of Poland.
Laughter and cheers filled the room as Barnes and Noble employee, Stephanie Ottey, read the tale of Caroline Abbott, who is an American Girl character who lived on the ship with her parents in 1812. The event included games and an opportunity to learn sailor jargon as girls discussed what life was like in that era.
There were also arts and crafts for participants, who colored ships of their own. Though the event was for children, parents were just as enthusiastic and pleased with how Ottey made learning fun for their daughters.
“I think it’s wonderful. She does a really good job of getting the kids interested and it’s very organized,” Tricia Catcott, of Canfield.