Chatting with Harry Connick Jr. & his daughter Kate about American Girl
Oh I love when a company I adore partners with just the right celeb for a project. American Girl, a company I very much admire for their "in store" experience and the positive messages they promote for young girls, has teamed up with Harry Connick Jr. and his daughter Kate with the launch of their 2 new historical dolls. For the first time in American Girl’s 25-year history, the company is introducing two different historical characters, Cécile Rey™ and Marie-Grace Gardner™, in one six-book series set in 1850s New Orleans. The new characters—one African American and one Caucasian—show the power of friendship and community as they reach across the boundaries of race and class to help their families, friends, and city during a time of great need. To celebrate Cécile and Marie-Grace’s debut and the rich musical tradition of New Orleans, American Girl has partnered with 13-year-old Kate Connick and her father, world-renowned musician and actor Harry Connick, Jr., to create an original song—“A Lot Like Me”—with all proceeds benefiting the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans.
The new dolls are as gorgeous as you would expect of any new American Girl collection. These dolls are extra appealing as their "historical dolls" from 1853 New Orleans. What a rich time in history from a special place with such diverse cultures colliding at once from French to American - both Northerners and Southerners as this is pre-civil war.
Read more about our interview and take a peek at Marie Grace and Cecile and our video on ClassyMommy.com showcasing the new dolls as we review them.