The Favorite Toy: PenPalGirls Doll Emma

Thanks to Doll Diaries we won a PenPalGirls Doll a couple weeks ago. I was so excited! I asked for Emma who has blonde hair and blue eyes like Guinevere, and is from England like my Pilgrim ancestors. She arrived Wednesday but we waited until after Thanksgiving to open her.

thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-001 A Package! Let’s open it.


She came in this great box that is styled to look like a letter. We couldn’t see the doll’s face through the window until we stood it up and the package in the box with the doll slid down.thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-003  Guinevere wanted to take a picture with the doll, naturally. This child is Disneyland trained.

thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-004 She shipped with no clothes on! Good thing we live in California. I’m sure she wasn’t cold.


She came with a letter I didn’t really read it because Guinevere was so sweetly “reading” it. From what I saw at a glance though it was a cute letter from Emma which featured things about England.  I would have read the letter to her, but then something new happened. I asked Guinevere if what the doll’s name was, and she said “Kelly”. This is the first time that she’s picked a name for a doll other than “baby”.

thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-006 Guinevere is amazed by Emma Kelly. Her hair seemed to sparkle.

thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-007 We got her dressed in the outfit, I love the jacket! Guinevere has apparently not experienced sleep eyes before, and was very interested in having Kelly go to sleep.

thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-008  I managed to get Emma Kelly alone for a shot of her in her outfit. Interestingly, Guinevere seemed insistent that the doll is mine, but was very upset when I put her on the shelf to take a picture. I only got one shot!

thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-009 Guinevere added this build a bear skirt to Emma Kelly’s outfit and gave her a ride on the rocking moose.

thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-010  When Emma Kelly fell off, Guinevere decided to ride the rocking moose with her.

thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-011 Like all children, Guinevere loves boxes. The doll box was an especially exciting bed/boat/bathtub.

thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-012 I managed to get a couple of shots of the doll mostly alone in the box.

This is our first 18″ play doll. I didn’t have one growing up, and I can’t remember holding or playing with an American Girl doll even though my younger sisters both had them. This seems strange, but I really can’t remember ever touching their dolls. I mention this because Emma Kelly just felt different than I expected, like her limbs seemed loose. I’m not sure if they were actually loose, because they seem to be holding up to moving and carrying and everything just fine, but the feel surprised me.

thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-013 She was joined by two Princess Aurora dolls, one animators collection and one Marie Osmond.

thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-014 thefavoritetoy-shannonkay-20131128-015And finally, by keeping them on the ground, I got a comparison of Emma Kelly and Animators Collection Aurora.

She is a beautiful doll and I look forward to enjoying her with Guinevere.

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