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The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A…

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on…

by Tanya Lee Stone

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The most intriguing history of the doll was her founder, Ruth Handler, and what a progressive, driven woman she was for her time. I wasn't so interested in the pros and cons of Barbie's impact on girls' and women's psyche, but did appreciate the arguments that Barbie helped girls fantasize about different life options. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
A nice thing about this book is that it does not take one side. There are advocates for the Barbie doll, claiming that it has motivated young girls to strive for higher and less conventional career paths, and there are others who claim, somewhat justifiably that Barbie dolls have placed impossible standards of beauty on modern women. Stone does not try to hide the fact that the dolls have had some negative consequences. However, she interestingly points out that the dolls were created by a self-proclaimed tomboy and with the intention of giving girls more toy options. While learning about the franchise's history this book also gives the opportunity to see how the doll's looks have evolved over the years with a number of black and white comparison photos.
  jlange4 | Mar 18, 2015 |
An unbiased book about Barbie and her many influences on society and women.
This book delves into the history of Barbie and her creator, Ruth Handler. The author does a wonderful job with displaying all aspects of Barbie and the impact she has left on society. ( )
  tmaslen | Jun 12, 2013 |
144 pages. AR Quiz #139489. 7.5BL. 4.0 points. Bergenfield owns one copy (YA 688.7 Sto). BCCLS owns about 30 copies.
  Bergenfield_Library | May 13, 2013 |
3Q 3P. When I stumbled across this book I was highly intrigued because not only had I owned Barbie dolls as a child but in my adulthood I had also run across student organizations that promote beauty and use the life-size configuration of Barbie to show how impossible emulation of her would be. The book definitely gives a rich background in Ruth Handler, the creator of Barbie, and how the doll came about. The remainder of the book discusses the transformation of Barbie over time and the different reactions that the doll has on the psyche of young girls and their parents. It was an interesting read but doesn't delve deep enough into either argument for me to have been satisfied. For a young adult novel I guess it would suffice, but I feel that the two different sides that are warring over this doll should have been more clear and focused and had more of a solid foundation. Even though it appeared that the author was trying to stay on neutral ground without picking one side over the other, there still should have been an investigation into evidence for either argument. Overall, I thought it was a fast, fun read but not a book crucial to teenage girls or teens in general. ( )
  PeetaJack | Apr 14, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670011878, Hardcover)

During her unparalleled fifty-year history, Barbie has been the doll that some people love-and some people love to hate. There's no question she's influenced generations, but to what end? Acclaimed nonfiction author Tanya Lee Stone takes an unbiased look at how Barbie became the icon that she is, and at the impact that she's had on our culture (and vice versa). Featuring passionate anecdotes and memories from a range of girls and women, a foreword by Meg Cabot, and original color photographs, this book explores the Barbie phenomenon in a brand-new light.

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"Readers learn about Mattel Toys and the background behind Barbie's concept and development, how it was a solution for girls who wanted to imagine adult roles rather than just play mother, and details about inventor Ruth Handler."--Amazon.com.

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