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Samantha: An American Girl Holiday Brings
Holiday Entertainment for the Entire Family!
to WB on their first made-for-television movie! Based on the popular American
Girls Collection of books and dolls, Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
presents vision of what life was like growing up in 1904.
Samantha Parkington (AnnaSophia Robb), an orphan being raised
by her wealthy grandmother (Mia Farrow) finds her life transformed after meeting
the new servants for the family next door. This story of quintessential
friendship between two young girls unconcerned with the social code of the day,
takes its viewers through the experience of refined country living, as well as
the chaos of early twentieth century New York City. Kudos to the writers and
producers for providing a storyline that combines entertainment and a history
Complex issues raised in the movie are associated with death
of parents, orphanages, and child labor in factories, but they are approached in
a sensitive and explanatory way as to not come across as "harsh" for a young
audience. The topics give elder family members an excellent opportunity to
discuss children's lives in that historical period, and about experiences they
had growing up in later decades.
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