'American Girl' introduces Detroit doll inspired by 1960s Motown

"American Girl" dolls and stories have captured imaginations for decades.

Now young girls in Detroit can see themselves and their city reflected in the popular toy and book series.

Let FOX 2 introduce you to Melody Ellison - she's from Detroit.

Melody is 9 years old and she loves to sing. The year is 1964 and her story is told in two American Girl doll books and depicts what Motown was like during a pivotal time in history.

"You had the Motown sound which was the biggest sound in the world and everyone was coming out of Detroit music-wise," said A.J. Funchess, Detroit Public Library.
"Also, the music talked about the social environment and what was going on in the world. It was a 1-2 punch really,"

The Detroit Public Library is giving away both books for free and on Saturday at 2 p.m. American Girl fans can meet the author and enter a raffle to win a Melody Ellison doll.

"We thank American Girl for providing the dolls and also the books - they see the importance of the story," Funchess said.

A story that is now being introduced that is now being introduced to a whole new generation.

"I think it's going to be fun and exciting to read the books," Funchess said. "Because, it's from the eyes of a child but just not any child - the eyes of a child growing up in Detroit."

For more information on the Saturday free book giveaway, American Girl Author Talk with Denise Lewis Patrick and raffle details, CLICK HERE.

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