The central story of Chrissa is one about her courage in the face of bullying from her peers at school. It’s the age-old story of the new girl in school coming into an established pecking order that was already causing hurt and alienation to others. You would think that 10 year-old girls would be too young to be affected by this or to engage in it. Unfortunately, it has been going on in that age group for a long, long time. I remember being aware of it growing up in the ’60s. And our oldest daughter felt it keenly when we moved her to a new school at the age of 9.
When asked about the subject of bullying, American Girl said they get letters and emails from thousands of girls that include experiences with bullies at school, in sports, and in other relationships. They realized how hard it was to stand up to bullies. They hoped, in writing Chrissa’s story, to show ways to handle difficult relationships and to inspire girls to do so.
Not an easy topic-but an important topic to read and talk about. A topic that could supply a young girl with the tools to combat and overcome her own difficulties with bullies.
I applaud American Girl for introducing the subject with this American Girl Doll of the Year, Chrissa.