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The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie by Tanya Lee Stone
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May 18, 11

bookshelves: nonfiction, juvenile, young-adult
Read from May 15 to 16, 2011

A remarkable portrait of a most famous doll. Stone, as her title suggests, wisely presents a wide spectrum of opinions on a controversial and influential character in American pop culture, gender issues, even civil rights, allowing and encouraging her readers to make their own judgments. I felt that a young person, after reading this book, might be moved both to feel inspired by Ruth Handler, the incredible, innovative and progressive woman behind Barbie, as well as to look critically at how commercials, entertainment, and toys reveal and influence our social values and ideas.
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