Diversity is the name of the game when it comes to this new line of dolls. Maru and Friends dolls are making a statement, and it’s one that’s long overdue. These dolls are more than just pretty playthings. Maru and Friends tell the tale of life as an immigrant. And your child can learn Maru’s story, as well as what it’s like for her friends to grow up in America.

Hispanic businesswoman Maritza Gutierrez and doll sculptor Dianna Effner partnered on this new doll line, telling the story Maru through the doll and a related series of storybooks. The Maru doll is sold with the illustrated storybook “Forever Friends,” written by co-creator Gutierrez.

So who is Maru? Well, she’s a young Hispanic girl who lives in New York City. The storybooks follow and document Maru’s life and all of her adventures in America.

The entire collection includes six ethnic characters in 20-inch dolls. Each doll has realistic features that reflect the character’s origin and ethnicity. Along with the full-sized dolls, there are seven Mini Pal options. Oh, and that’s not to mention the awesome array of fabulously fashionable outfits. That means your kiddo has plenty of choices when it comes to picking a new pal (a doll pal that is) and decking her out in completely cute clothes.

What do you think about this new line of dolls? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

—Erica Loop



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