My India fun facts today derive from the back of a doll box…and from inside the box and from the doll herself. As a matter of fact this beautiful doll is so inspiring my daughter now owns it.
Jeda had been promised a doll (by her Mimi) for being so diligent with her studies. When she walked into the Toys-R-Us, doll section, her eyes perused all the makes and models. Awe inspiring Disney caught her attention quickly, but having been there and done that many times, she quickly moved on. Next stop, Liv Girls. They were colorful and pretty and had slightly exaggerated features. She was not amused. Others that made her pause… at least momentarily were the multitude of Barbies, in many skin shades, many outfit changes and endless themes. Alas, she passed them all by. But soon she declared “Mommy, she is wearing a sari!” I began to pay attention. “Mimi, she looks brown just like me!” The little girl was sold on a doll named Nahji whose homeland is India. My mom and I had never seen a doll of this sort. Nahji, was a part of a collection of six dolls called Heart 4 Hearts Girls. This rather new product was created to promote diversity and self confidence in little girls ages 6 and up. The hook that sold me was the company’s simple slogan:
“What if you could change the world just by buying a doll? You can, with Hearts For Hearts Girls™ dolls! Each doll is a girl that wants to make a difference in her life, community, and culture. When you buy a Hearts For Hearts Girls doll, a portion of the purchase price is donated to children’s causes in those countries”.
Needless to say, we bought my daughter her first Hearts 4 Hearts doll and she will probably eventually collect all six. This doll may just be Jeda’s (and my) favorite new toy!
Here are a few charming qualities about Nahji, in her own words. (excerpts taken from personal journal that comes along with Nahji)
· Drop earrings of simulated pearl and emerald
· Removable beaded pearl headband
· Golden bangle bracelets
· Hand tattoo inspired by the henna mendhi of India
· Purple strap sandals
· Doll-sized hair comb with hair elastic
· Girl-sized H4HG power bracelet
· Beautiful mini storybook about Nahji’s life
· Jeweled nose piercing
Here is a shot of the actual box
Here is the site where you can further explore the Heart 4 Hearts girls.
I hope this simple doll sparks inspiration in every little girls who buys her to love herself and her differences!