I am so excited for today! For a long time now I've had some amazing Edenbrooke paper dolls that my publisher had commissioned. I've been itching to share them with you, but I wanted to do something special with them. Over the weekend I spent many, many hours with my paper dolls and my very amateur skills with a camera and a computer. And I made something for you. Consider it my homemade Christmas card for you, my wonderful, supportive, amazing readers. (Now, for the sake of my pride, please keep in mind that the majority of my talent lies in writing, and that your expectations for the quality of this video should be very low. Very, very low.)
Without further ado, I give to you "12 Days of Christmas at Edenbrooke."
For those of you who made it through the entire song (and after spending about 40 hours making that, I definitely never want to hear that song again), you will have seen these promising words: "Download your own Edenbrooke paper dolls at www.juliannedonaldson.com." This is the place. Now look up above this post and see the new page tab that says "Edenbrooke paper dolls." Go there and you will find all of the paper dolls (not all of them were used in the video) with extra outfits for Marianne and Philip. You can download, print, and enjoy for yourself.
I had so much fun with these paper dolls! I made little dialogue bubbles for them and a simple flannel board (a big piece of felt from the craft store taped to a bulletin board). My kids (and all the neighbor kids who like to hang out here) LOVED playing with the paper dolls. In fact, they got so involved with playing with them that I had to print off another set for my project. My older kids had the characters say funny things with the dialogue bubbles and the younger kids liked to do silly things like put Marianne's bonnet on Mr. Whittles. So go have fun with these, share them with your friends, and let me know how you or your kids play with them.
And have a very Merry Christmas!