It’s that time again. Today American Girl introduced the girl of the year 2021, Kira Bailey. Kira – a nurturing and curious 10 year old who cares deeply about animals and the environment – joins American Girl’s line of contemporary characters who inspire children to make a positive difference in the world.
Whether she’s caring for an orphaned koala joey or facing a bushfire that threatens her great aunt’s wildlife sanctuary in Australia, Kira faces critical environmental issues such as wildlife conservation and the threat of climate change that more relevant to us are planets than ever before.
« Being 35 as an American girl. As the year begins, Kira joins our range of diverse and purposeful characters who star in stories that reflect the realities of the time – historic or modern, ”said Jamie Cygielman, general manager of American Girl. “When we all witnessed the bushfires in Australia last year and started again in September, and the devastating wildfires in the western United States, we knew it was important to focus Kira’s story on the great conservation and climate challenges we are facing our planet is facing today. Causes that are extremely important for today’s youth. Through Kira, we hope that our fans will learn that we can all play a role in making positive action for our planet. ”
To further support Kira’s message, American Girl is working with NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service, Inc. . (WIRES), Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization dedicated to rescuing and caring for sick, injured and orphaned animals, including those affected by bush fires and drought. Today until 30. December 2021, American Girl supports the organization’s mission to rehabilitate and conserve Australian wildlife by making customer donations, dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of 25. 000 US dollars will be brought together. To learn more about how American Girl is helping WIRES, visit www. american girl. com / kira.
« Last year, Australia’s fire season was unlike anything that has been experienced in terms of scope and severity. Fires destroyed millions of acres of land – much of which was habitat for threatened species, « said Kyla Shelley, WIRES chief operating officer. “Wildlife species around the world are facing enormous challenges – including extinction – primarily due to habitat loss, natural disasters and climate change. Just as Kira finds out, anyone can get involved in wildlife rescue and protection, and it’s not too late to make a difference anywhere. ”
To create Kira, American Girl worked hand in hand with writer Erin Teagan, who has a master’s degree in science and traveled to Australia to gain a deeper understanding of Kira’s experiences. Other consultants specializing in Australian wildlife and culture reviewed every aspect of the Kira world – from manuscripts to products – to ensure every detail is rooted in real world practices and scientific knowledge. The following two experts play an essential role:
In the two-book series, Kira is excited to leave her home state of Michigan and spend her summer abroad in the wildlife sanctuary and at her great-aunts Mamie and Lynette’s vet clinic in Queensland, Australia. There she and her new friend Alexis learn to look after injured or orphaned animals. But when a wandering predator and raging bush fire threaten the sanctuary, Kira faces the challenge of protecting her family and the animals she loves. In the end, Kira learns that you can’t let fear of the worst stop you from doing your best.
A gorgeous 18-inch Kira doll with green eyes and long wavy blonde hair topped with a tie-dye tank, sporty skirt, and bushwalking lace-up boots brings the stories to life. Kira’s signature accessories include an outdoor backpack with a koala keychain and a wide-brimmed hat to protect her from the Australian sun. Girls can choose from several other Australian-inspired outfits, including Kira’s Koala PJs for girls and dolls, as well as adorable plush toys like Kangaroo and Joey, Koala and Wombat (part of Kira’s Wildlife Rescue Set). . To add to the game, there is Kira’s animal examination table and the comfortable platform tent – both with over 20 authentic accessories – to stimulate girls’ imaginations.
As a companion to Kira’s stories, American Girl is also introducing a non-fiction book entitled Love the Earth for readers aged 8 and over. The fully illustrated guide will help readers understand climate change and provide tips and tools for green living. Available Jan. . 1, the book is a great choice for aspiring environmentalists who want to advocate for solutions to climate change. Further climate-related events and partnerships will start in April. 2021.
The Kira collection will be available from December. 31, 2020, at americangirl. com and at all American Girl retail locations across the country and starting Jan. . 1, 2021, at American Girl Specialty Stores in select Indigo and Chapters locations in Canada and online at Indigo. approx. . The Kira doll and book are $ 110 and the Kira books are $ 7. 99 pieces) can also be purchased from retail and online booksellers.
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