Synopses & Reviews
"Balanced, funny, provocativeand#151;and most of all, important for anyone wanting to unand#173;derstand girlhood in America."and#151;E. Lockhart,and#160;New York Timesand#160;bestselling author ofand#160;We Were Liarsand#160;
Barbie just might be the most famous doll in the world. She has represented fifty different nationalities. Sheand#8217;s stepped into the always-fashionable shoes of more than one hundred twenty careers. She has been played with, studied, celebrated, and criticized for more than fifty years. And she has unquestionably influenced generations of girlsand#151;whether that influence has been positiveand#160;or negative depends on whom you ask.
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Acclaimed nonfiction author Tanya Lee Stone takes an unbiased look at how Barbie became the icon that she is.and#160;Part biographyand#151;both of the doll and of her inventor, Ruth Handlerand#151;and part exploration of the cultural phenomenon that is Barbie, The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie is filled with personal anecdotes, memories, and opinions from people of all ages. Featuring original color and black-and-white photographs, this book is for everyone who understands that weand#8217;re all living in a Barbie world.
"This is no mere Barbie book. This is a how-to manual about being a girl."and#151;Lauren Myracle,and#160;New York Timesand#160;bestselling author
* "Source notes, a bibliography, and lots of images, including an inset of color photos, add to an offering that pleases and intrigues." and#151;Booklist, starred review
October, 2009, Kings Feature Syndicate
“Perfect for Barbie fans and collectors, this friendly and beautifully designed compendium charts the evolution of the world's favorite doll and legendary star…”
Winner of the Golden Kite Award
and#8220;History writers donand#8217;t get better than Tanya Lee Stone.and#160;The Good, the Bad, and the Barbieand#160;is balanced, funny, provocativeand#8212;and most of all, important for anyone wanting to understand girlhood in America.and#8221;and#8212;E. Lockhart,and#160;New York Timesand#160;bestselling author ofand#160;We Were Liars
and#8220;This is no mere Barbie book. This is a how-to manual about being a girl: a strong, sparky, awesome girl, with Barbie in hand or in the nearest deumpster!and#8221;and#8212;Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author
* and#8220;Stone has done her homework and offers a particularly well-researched read. But she has also gotten many women (and men) to reminisce, comment, and argue about Barbie, and these voices add sparkle.and#8221;and#8212;Booklist, starred reviewand#160;
* and#8220;Stone reveals the pathos behind so many relationships of girls with Barbie: those who cherished her and those who were negatively influencedand#8230;In this balanced overview, both sides of the quandary are addressed... and#160;Accessibleand#8230;and includes extensive source notes and bibliographical information.and#8221;and#8212;School Library Journal, starred reviewand#160;
* "Stone tantalizes with her intriguing survey of Barbie. indicating an audience of teens and adults rather than children. The striking cover, open design with numerous photographs and collegial voice will appeal to younger readers.and#8221;and#8212;Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Stone calmly covers Barbie's creation by Ruth Handler, the formation of Mattel, and the doll's unpromising launch among sexpot-resistant buyers at a national toy fair. From there on, though, the gloves come off, and Stone allows the voices of women and teens, scholars and collectors, lovers and haters to thrash out whether Barbie has single-handedly set an unattainable standard of female beauty, joined forces with manipulative media to trash adolescent self-esteem, acted as the progressive model for girls to envision gender barrier-crashing careers, or reigned as-duh-just a really cool doll with really pretty clothesand#8230;Notes, index, and an extensive bibliography may lure report writers into unconsidered territory, and teen book clubs might want to nominate this as a fiery nonfiction selection.and#8221;and#8212;BCCB
and#8220;Stone takes an unapologetic look at Barbie's life, documenting the changes in Barbie through the years, her impact on society and the numerous controversies surrounding her existence.and#8221;and#8212;Childrenand#8217;s Literature
and#8220;Stone's evenhanded, eye-opening cultural history examines [Barbie] quoting a myriad of sources to reveal the devotion and loathing generated by a fifty-plus-year-old hunk of molded plastic."and#8212;The Horn Book
and#8220;Filled with photographs of Barbie dolls past and present as well as quotes about her from nationally known figures and children alike, Stone's fascinating and balanced account reveals a toy of almost unmatched influence.and#8221;and#8212;Publishers Weekly
Barbie™ All Dolled Up
is a dazzling celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Barbie™ doll. Fully illustrated and featuring three-dimensional replicas of rare memorabilia, this unprecedented book truly brings Barbie to life in full-color, and fabulous style. With the full support of Mattel, the publication of All Dolled Up
is a highlight among nationwide Barbie events and marketing initiatives being staged for the anniversary.
In five decades, the influence of Barbie on girls and the world of fashion has never faded. Now devoted collectors, baby boomers reminiscing about the dolls classic beauty, moms still dreaming of the pink Corvette of the 80s, and children just discovering her will relive the magic of Barbie through key eras in her developmenther debut in 1959, the Mod Era of the late 60s, the big, bold 80s, the Totally Hair 90s, and up to today. Original doll packaging, Barbie comic books, designers sketches, and an official fan club membership card and welcome letter are among the rare Barbie ephemera that have been reproduced. The narrative combines historical detail with contributions from moms, daughters, and fashion celebrities including Diane Von Furstenburg, Christian Dior, Versace, Armani, Bob Mackie, and Vera Wang. Its Barbie dolls birthday and no one wants to be left out of the party!
"Barbie: All Dolled Up" is a dazzling celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic doll. Fully illustrated and featuring three-dimensional replicas of rare memorabilia, this unprecedented book brings Barbie to life in full-color.
About the Author
Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author whose works have received critical acclaim and accolades including ALAand#8217;s Sibert Medal (for informational text) and SCBWIand#8217;s Golden Kite Award. She is also the author of the YALSA Award Finalist for Excellence in Nonfiction, Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream.and#160;She lives in Burlington, Vermont.