I recently wrote about Kai’s triumph this year and just as she’s overcoming something American Girl’s new 2012 Girl of the Year, american girl Mckenna. Her story is all about using your strengths to turn challenges into triumphs. McKenna’s story is about a girl who loves gymnastics.My six year old got her hands on one of the very first dolls thanks to American Girl and was so happy when she started reading her books. As a gymnast herself with challenges of her own I think my daughter can relate. That’s exactly what makes the American Girl Girl of the Year so very special. McKenna’s story will not only inspire my daughter to set goals and achieve them and show her positive values in believing in herself.
- Who she is: a determined girl who uses her strengths to turn challenges into triumphs
- What she loves to do: practice and perform her gymnastics routines
- Her friends: her gymastics teammates Toulane and Sierra; and her tutor, Josie
- What changes her life: She can’t keep up with her grade’s reading level, so she must get extra help at school
- Proudest moment: Taking it one page at a time, she finishes a long book in one week”and enjoys it
- What she discovers: The same skills that make her a good gymnast can springboard her to success in school
McKenna has always done well in school and in gymnastics, but when she starts fourth grade, school suddenly feels really hard. When her teacher suggest she get a tutor, McKenna is horrified until she gets to know her tutor, Josie, who is super smart and confident, and who also happens to be in a wheelchair.
With Josie’s help, McKenna’s confidence grows, but she can’t bring herself to tell her friends that she’s being tutored. When they discover her secret, they’re hurt and angry. Then something goes wrong at the gym that sidelines McKenna. Will she find her way back to the sport she loves? And will her friendships ever be the same again?
You can now buy McKenna dolls, accessories and books at American Girl.