Back of Book: After noticing how her daughter played with “grown-up” paper dolls, Ruth Handler wanted to create a doll that would inspire little girls to use their huge imaginations and big dreams about their futures. While others told her it wasn’t possible, Ruth Handler proved them all wrong by creating the most famous doll ever!
Since 1959, Barbie has shown girls that they can live their dreams. From an astronaut to a chef to a president, she knows that girls can do anything!
My Review: Barbie was my most favorite doll to play with growing up. She inspired me to follow my dreams. When I heard that there was a picture book about the woman who created Barbie I was excited. This book was a beautifully retelling of the courage that Ruth had to keep trying. The story follows how Ruth came up with the idea for Barbie by watching her daughter play. Ruth introduced her idea at the 1959 Toy Fair and the concept was loved. The story explains the addition of Ken and all Barbie’s friends. The most unique part of this book was looking at all the jobs that Barbie has had through the years. This book is not only a look at the creator of the doll, but how Barbie evolved over the years. Ruth made sure that as the nation changed, so did Barbie. The illustrations are beautiful, and show readers the different careers that Barbie was a part of. This is a great nonfiction story to add to any library or classroom.
Ages 5 and up