Friday, July 13, 2012

An American Girl: McKenna Shoots For the Stars

American Girl dolls and books were just starting to become really popular when I was a kid. I was around for the originals like Kirsten, Molly, and Samantha. But since my day they have grown into a hugely popular and hot commodity for young girls. From the books to the movies to the dolls and accessories. Not to mention the stores where you could spend hours browsing the huge selection of items! I can't wait to take my daughter to one of the stores for her first visit!

When I was offered the opportunity to host a part in honor of the release of McKenna Shoots for the Stars I jumped at the chance. I was anxious to see what the modern dolls were all about since I am really only familiar with the historical ones. So we gathered up some of the girls and their dolls and had a great afternoon of watching the movie, playing with dolls, and eating lots of snacks. It was the perfect day!

I was very impressed with McKenna and her story. I watched the two older girls (ages 7 and 10) as they watched the movie. They were so interested in what was happening and could easily fill me in when I missed something. They were also having side conversations about what was happening in the movie. They were the perfect ages for this movie.

McKenna is a character that lots of young girls can relate to. She's really into gymnastics and is putting her heart and soul into being the best she can be. But of course life gets in the way. With an injury and grades that are slipping, McKenna faces challenges with herself, her parents, and her friends. Throughout this film you watch a young girl who is vulnerable in so many ways rise to the occasion and overcome many challenges. This film sends positive messages about making school a priority, being honest with friends and working through problems, accepting everyone, and believing in yourself.

You can find this fun movie at Walmart, the American Girl Stores, and at

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I received a copy of this DVD and a movie kit for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.


SJ said...

My daughter has the McKenna doll. She's been going on and on about the movie since she heard it was coming out. I'm glad to hear your girls enjoyed it and thank you for the giveaway.

Julie said...

We had so much fun watching the movie with you :)

ElmoFan said...

What a fun movie!

Anonymous said...

It's between Molly and Julie.

akronugurl said...

i like Molly

lisa said...

We like Samantha : )

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