Karito Kids Doll Review and Giveaway!

by Dagmar Bleasdale on May 24, 2009

Karito kids doll review
I was approached by the makers of Karito Kids dolls, KidsGive LLC, to review two of their “Word Collection” dolls. The word “Karito” means “charity” and “love of one’s neighbor” in Esperanto.

Karito Kids highlights the beauty of each ethnic group and depicts modern-day life in each country and culture, showing children the similarities shared by kids around the world.

Every one of these tall, beautifully crafted dolls comes with the cutest outfit, a passport, and a book that tells a fun story involving that girl. I received Zoe and Gia. Zoe, a blonde little girl, lives in New York City.

Her little clothes are adorable, and these dolls are so detailed and life-like, she even wears underwear under her tights!

Gia, a little fashion diva, lives in Florence, Italy, and her book tells kids about her adventure of living in an inn.

When we received the dolls, I let Landon choose which one he wanted to keep and which one we are going to give away.

He chose Zoe, the little blonde girl, and started playing with her right away, making her a bed. He loves her tiny sneakers and gloves.

Aside from these dolls being beautiful, I love what the company stands for.

Every Karito product comes with its own special code so children can visit karitokids.com, enter the code, and direct 3 percent of the suggested retail price to their favorite cause within the children’s charity, Plan, a nonprofit that aids over 10 million children. Children will receive school books, medical care, or get to live in a safe home.

Also, the dolls are made from phthalate-free vinyl and have a soft torso for great hugs! These dolls are recommended for age 6 and over.

Take a look at all the Karioto Kids: Lulu, Wan Ling, Pita, Piper, Zoe, and Gia. There is also a line of five “Travel Charmers Soft Dolls” for younger kids, accessories and additional outfits, and bracelets.

Win Gia!

One lucky reader will win the Gia doll and book (retail price $99!). How cute are those boots?!

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How to enter:

Subscribe to my blog (see left upper corner), take a look at the Karito Kids website, and leave me a comment telling me why you would like to win Gia. Please make sure I have your correct e-mail address. If you already subscribe, just do one of the following things.

How to earn extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each):

  • Blog about this giveaway, linking back to my blog.
  • Twitter about this giveaway (leave your Twitter username for verification).
  • Fave my blog on Technorati (leave your Technorati username for verification.)

This giveaway ends Friday, June 5 @ 10:00 p.m. EST. One winner will be chosen via Random.org and will have 3 days to claim his/her prize.

Update: The response to this giveaway blew me away. Thank you all for entering! Congratulations, Amanda, Random.org chose your number. You won!

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Joanna S January 4, 2010 at 4:58 AM

love the Karito Kids Dolls !!

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Donna K June 6, 2009 at 1:55 AM

Faved you on technorati.(donnak4)

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Donna K June 6, 2009 at 1:54 AM
Donna K June 6, 2009 at 1:53 AM

My daughter would love her. She is cute.

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Lily Kwan June 6, 2009 at 1:37 AM

I subscribed. I would like to win Gia because she’s so pretty!

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Pam June 6, 2009 at 1:21 AM

I faved you on technorati (melacan) – or I tried to anyways. I just signed up but I’ve never used it before…

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Cassandra June 6, 2009 at 12:55 AM

Faved on technorati under purplepassion126

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Cassandra June 6, 2009 at 12:54 AM

Subscribed. I would like to win Gia because we are Italian too and having this doll and book and interacting with the site might inspire her to learn more about the country and culture.

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Susan C June 6, 2009 at 12:20 AM

All the dolls are so pretty! I would like to win Gia for my granddaughter because she is at the perfect age for a more “grown up” doll. I subscribed.
smchester at gmail dot com

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Veronica Garrett June 5, 2009 at 11:12 PM

I would love to win the Gia doll for my granddaughter. I love Italy.

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oona baker June 5, 2009 at 10:51 PM

I like that children can learn about different social causes and helping others by choosing a charity to donate to. The dolls are unique and wholesome too!
Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

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Sylvia Belle June 5, 2009 at 10:40 PM

My grandaughter would love to have such a cute doll.

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Janet F June 5, 2009 at 10:08 PM
annalise June 5, 2009 at 6:06 PM

my child wound love this she would adore it to bits she will take it to bed and dress it up everyday

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Janet F June 5, 2009 at 10:04 PM

Faved on Technorati – janetfaye

janetfaye (at( gmail (dot) com

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Janet F June 5, 2009 at 10:03 PM

I am subscribed.
I love these dolls and I would love to win Gia for my niece.

Thank you!

janetfaye (at( gmail (dot) com

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Sheryl June 5, 2009 at 9:31 PM

My daughter is just starting to get into dolls and this one would be perfect for her.

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Helen June 5, 2009 at 9:19 PM

I really like that these dolls represent different races & ethnic groups. Both of my daughters would love to have one of these.

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Donna M. Clark June 5, 2009 at 9:05 PM

I subscribe, and I would like to win this for my Bambi, because she loves these dolls. Thank you for having this giveaway.
litefoot873 (@) hotmail.com

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Ann June 5, 2009 at 8:55 PM

I faved you in technorati (quelleheure4)

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Ann June 5, 2009 at 8:55 PM

I’m subscribed now. I like her because she is modern, trendy but true to her own culture as well. The girls would love her!

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Holly June 5, 2009 at 8:21 PM

These dolls are so realistic and I know my daughter would love the interactive web site! I subscribe.

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Gianna June 5, 2009 at 8:19 PM

I’d love to win this for my daughter since she loves dolls :)

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Denise June 5, 2009 at 8:09 PM

I would love to win this because my daughter loves Gia. She would have a lot of fun playing with her.

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Gabriel J. June 5, 2009 at 7:46 PM

This would be great for my little girl. Great contest, make me a winner!

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R Hicks June 5, 2009 at 7:24 PM
R Hicks June 5, 2009 at 7:24 PM

faved you on technorati

ardy22

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R Hicks June 5, 2009 at 7:24 PM

subscribed via email

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Carrie Miyake June 5, 2009 at 6:57 PM

I heard about these dolls a little over a year ago and thought they were a great idea. These are a great way to teach children about different cultures and it is nice to have “role model” type dolls for them to play with. Gia is my first choice of doll for my daughter, mostly because I am Italian and the boots are adorable!

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gloria June 5, 2009 at 3:49 PM

This would be good for my daughter! She would adore it, I’m sure.
kngmckellar@hotmail.com

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kathy pease June 5, 2009 at 3:01 PM

subscribed through google reader she is just so gorgeous my daughter would love her :)

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Rosey June 5, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I would like to win because the passport is cool, the size of the doll is awesome, the boots would make my daughter laugh because she has a pair that are similar, and her hair is gorgeous!

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michelle lopez June 5, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Hi I just subscribed and wow would I love to win this for my daughter. She just loves dolls and Gia looks just like her.

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Vicki Andrew June 5, 2009 at 6:07 AM

I love the fact that these dolls teach children about other people and other places. The interactive web site lets kids become involved. I know a little girl who would love this doll.

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Sonya June 5, 2009 at 5:39 AM

My daughter would love this! She’s a doll fiend and is looking for “girl” dolls rather than baby dolls!

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Danielle June 5, 2009 at 5:07 AM

My friend’s little girl went through a slightly traumatic experience a couple nights ago and I think this amazing dolly would help her get her mind of things she shouldnt have her mind on. Plus they are such a good influence on young girls!

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Susan Ledet June 5, 2009 at 3:51 AM

My niece would love this doll. She has the same color hair and I know that she would think that the outfit is cool too.
Thanks for the great chance.

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Deb K June 5, 2009 at 3:45 AM

I subscribe and I would love to win this for my granddaughter as she loves playing dolls, and I am sure this would be her favorite in no time:)

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Amanda June 5, 2009 at 3:28 AM

I really like the concept. These dolls send a very positive message, they’re beautiful and unique. I would be so happy to win this for my niece, her Mommy is Italian so this would be great for her. Gia could help her learn and teach her friends too.

Thank you!

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Lee Taylor June 5, 2009 at 3:19 AM

I’m a subscriber!

I also follow you on Twitter and ‘Tweeted’ this giveaway!

Twitter Username: LT38

leandrew_taylor@yahoo.com

Thanks!

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Lee Taylor June 5, 2009 at 3:12 AM

I ‘faved’ you on Technorati!

My Technorati Username: lee38

leandrew_taylor@yahoo.com

Thanks!

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Lee Taylor June 5, 2009 at 3:09 AM

My ten year-old ‘princess’ would love to add the ‘Gia Doll’ to her collection!

I really love ‘Karito Dolls’!

They offer a fun and simple way for girls to learn about different cultures!

Please, include my daughter and I into your giveaway drawing!

Thanks and good luck to all!

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Susan Smith June 5, 2009 at 2:48 AM

I subscribed. My daughter would love this doll. I like how they are so realistic looking and each girl is from a differerent country.

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P J June 5, 2009 at 2:26 AM

Would love to win this for my daughter!

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meaghan f. June 5, 2009 at 1:23 AM

Subscribed. The dolls all look really cute. I like Gia, though, because she looks like one of my nieces (who has a bit darker hair) and I think she’d really like the book and the doll!

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Jammie June 5, 2009 at 12:40 AM

I would love to win this for my niece — she is big into dolls. I think she would love this a lot.

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Kate June 5, 2009 at 12:37 AM

My niece could use this for her birthday, I think it would be a great gift!!

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Lisa Taylor June 5, 2009 at 12:15 AM

I subscribed and I want to win because I think this is a good way for my daughter to learn about another country. Also because this doll looks like my niece, which is cool.

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Erika Elizabeth Meyer June 4, 2009 at 9:19 PM

It would be great for my little sister to have a doll like this instead of something like the Bratz dolls!

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joanna smith June 4, 2009 at 7:40 PM
joanna smith June 4, 2009 at 7:36 PM

I just sent out a tweet on twitter about this giveaway. Here is the link to that tweet:

http://twitter.com/joannaonthelake/status/2033360617

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joanna smith June 4, 2009 at 7:34 PM

I’d love to win the Gia doll for my daughter who loves dolls and collects them! I think Gia would be so fun for her to add to her collection and as her new friend! My daughter and her 3 little girlfriends play with their dolls, share stories and secrets with them, and have their own little parties. Gia will be a great learning tool for me to use with my daughter to teach her a little about Italy. Once I have given her a little background on Italy, in words she can understand, she can play pretend with Gia that they are exploring the hills of Tuscany, or walking the Amalfi Coast. It will be such a great vehicle for me to use to educate her on Italy! Thanks so much for the chance to enter.

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Laura G June 4, 2009 at 7:01 PM

I subscribe and I would love this for my niece. What a wonderful way for her to learn about other cultures and explore how we are all alike.

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Diane Baum June 4, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Wow – As an English as a Second Language Teacher this doll sure would make the world (ie classroom) more interesting and smaller.

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shawna June 4, 2009 at 5:35 PM

I love these dolls and my little girl would love it even more! Love what they stand for.

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Christine June 4, 2009 at 4:42 PM

I tweeted at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/2031354648
My username is justicecw. Thanks!

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Christine June 4, 2009 at 4:40 PM

I subscribed and I would love to win because my niece would love to have such a beautiful doll. Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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jeanine June 4, 2009 at 1:02 PM

my dd would love this. it is a great way to explore other cultures. we homeschool our children and are always looking for new ways to learn about the world around us. thanks for the chance to win.

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ky2here June 4, 2009 at 11:52 AM

She’ll have a great home with my granddaughter.

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Heidi Gail June 4, 2009 at 11:07 AM

I like the idea that my granddaughter will be learning about another culture as well as about sharing with others through the charity programs.

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Monique Rizzo June 4, 2009 at 4:35 AM

My daughter would love this!!! Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

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Donna Haley June 3, 2009 at 11:58 PM

My granddaughter would love Lulu

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dianne June 3, 2009 at 10:44 PM

I’d love to win her for my older grand daughter because she looks just like her.

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Alan Saxon June 3, 2009 at 10:17 PM

This would be a great item to win!!!

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John Carr June 3, 2009 at 9:07 PM

I would like to win the Gia doll and book for my granddaughter.

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Cathie F June 3, 2009 at 3:23 PM

I just adore these dolls, they look like real children and aren’t all sexily dressed and made up to high heaven as my mom used to say. Just the kind of role models I like for my granddaughter who is 7 and thinks she’s already 27 sometimes.

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Denyse June 3, 2009 at 6:58 PM

I love Gia for my daughter. She just saw her and said they looked alike and it could be her best friend over the summer until school starts again!

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Angela J June 3, 2009 at 5:38 PM

I’d love this doll for a dear, old Italian woman who collects dolls.

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cathi rushing June 3, 2009 at 5:18 PM

I would love to win it for my grandaughter Mattie!

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Cathie F June 3, 2009 at 3:27 PM

I faved you on Technorati.
(Dove420)

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Cathie F June 3, 2009 at 3:25 PM

I tweeted (Dove420)

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Teresa June 3, 2009 at 3:19 PM

With 3 Granddaugther’s this would be a great win.

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hminnesota June 3, 2009 at 12:20 PM

my girls would like Zoe too.

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Tracey Byram June 3, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Gia is the perfect sized dolls for little girls. She can be easily dressed and undressed by small hands. The Karito dolls are wonderful for exposing children to different cultures.

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beth shepherd June 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

I subscribe
I would love to win this for my daughters. They love dolls and this is one is very special and just adorable. I love how the company does for others. Thank you for the chance
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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Carol Lawrence June 3, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Technorati fav. jelly15301

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Carol Lawrence June 3, 2009 at 10:14 AM

E-mail subscriber. jelly15301@gmail.com I won a doll already and she is beautiful(USA),BUT i have 15 grandkids and Christmas is only 6 months away.

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Dree June 3, 2009 at 8:28 AM
Dree June 3, 2009 at 8:21 AM
Dree June 3, 2009 at 8:19 AM
Dree June 3, 2009 at 8:15 AM

I’d love to win this doll for my niece because she looks just like her.

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Ty June 3, 2009 at 3:14 AM

My daughter would love Piper!

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denice p June 3, 2009 at 3:03 AM
denice p June 3, 2009 at 3:01 AM

i subscribed thu google reader.
The reason that I would like to win Gia is that I would like her to be a gift to my youngest niece. She really loves dolls and you can tell that she plays with them cause they always get a little rough looking. At least you would know that the doll would get played with. Thank you :-)

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Anne Taylor June 3, 2009 at 2:32 AM
Anne Taylor June 3, 2009 at 2:31 AM

I would just love to have Gia for my niece Katy! I don’t get to see her often and Gia would be a constant reminder of me (I’m being selfish really lol)

Thanks very much!

nancyrobster@gmail.com
(in Canada)

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Sue June 3, 2009 at 1:48 AM

I love these dolls. I’m a mom to boys, but I have a girly-girl niece that would just LOVE this doll. I’d love to share it with her. Thanks for sharing~

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ky2here June 3, 2009 at 12:56 AM

My granddaughter would love Piper.

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susan varney June 2, 2009 at 11:54 PM

my granddaughter would love to have this doll. she would think i am the cats meow if i get this for her. mverno@roadrunner.com

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Margaret Smith June 2, 2009 at 11:03 PM

What beautiful dolls! I would love to win Gia for my 6 year old daughter Rielly. I love that the dolls help teach children about different cultures. I also love that the Karito company donates a portion to children charities.
Thanks so much for offering this giveaway and please enter me.

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Teresa June 2, 2009 at 5:41 AM

Gia is adorable! It’s hard to find a safe well-made doll these days. I would like to win Gia for my little niece (that lives with us) as a surprise for her upcoming birthday. She loves to dress up like a fashion model and would love this doll. Those boots are sooooooo cute. Thanks!

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Sarah June 1, 2009 at 4:51 PM

I just subcsribed to your blog!! Yeah!!! I would love the have this doll for my girls because they are coming into their own about “caring” for a baby. I thought this would be a great hands-on learning experience for them! I am excited about the possibility to win a beautiful doll for them. Thanks for this opportunity!!

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Frelle June 1, 2009 at 12:29 PM

RT @DagmarBleasdale: “Karito Kids doll giveaway. This cute doll teaches your child about other cultures. http://bit.ly/K9Sik

my twitter username is frelle

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Ardie May 31, 2009 at 1:39 PM

I just subscribed to your blog. I have been searching for an attractive, high quality doll for my daughter. This Gia doll is beautiful and her outfit is too cute – the boots, the skirt & jacket! And I have boots almost identical to Gia’s!!

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Julie May 31, 2009 at 3:07 AM

My girls like the Zoe doll. I love that you can tell them where to make the donation.

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susan May 29, 2009 at 5:20 PM

My daughter would just love Zoe for the usa.. looks just like her!

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ANTOINETTE May 29, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Hello, these dolls are adorable! I would love one:) I tweeted about this blog (http://twitter.com/SWEETTWEET14/status/1961162371)
Thanks for the opportunity.
p.s. I’ll Facebook and Myspace about this giveaway, that way friends and family can try also!

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Susan May 29, 2009 at 2:39 AM

Already subscribe to your blog! I would love to win this adorable doll for my daughter. She’s a huge fan of hair, it’s a tactile thing for her and I know she would appreciate the hair on this doll for years to come!

tweeted the giveaway – https://twitter.com/ZaziBaby/status/1955189351

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Firefly May 28, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Wow, awesome giveaway, my daughter would love one of those dolls :) Gia is so cute, love her outfit!

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Lisa A May 28, 2009 at 5:42 AM

I would love to win this for my niece. She loves to play with her dolls and this doll would be well-loved. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Laureen May 27, 2009 at 4:27 AM

My daughter dresses like Gia and would love her. I like the fact that the doll is phthalate-free. Eco-friendly and non-toxic are always what I seek out. Thanks!

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jessica c May 26, 2009 at 6:20 PM

My daughter always tries to talk French. She would love this doll.
I subscribed.

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MJ May 25, 2009 at 2:09 PM

My kinder kids would love her.

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

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Beth May 25, 2009 at 2:45 AM
Beth May 25, 2009 at 2:44 AM

Piper looks like my niece. Would be great to get her a little sister she has always wanted.

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MMW May 25, 2009 at 4:08 AM

Gia looks just like my daughter!! I love the whole line but she is spectacular!

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Carol May 25, 2009 at 2:38 AM
Carol May 25, 2009 at 2:37 AM

I want to win this because my granddaughter would be thrilled! I subscribe.

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MRS.MOMMYY May 25, 2009 at 1:12 AM

love they are unique in the fact they are not stressing sexuality- instead being a girl and having fun

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Abby May 24, 2009 at 9:38 PM

I’d love to win this for my daughter as her older sister has one of these and she has been green with envy eying it ;)

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Pam May 24, 2009 at 9:03 AM

I love these dolls. They are beautiful, first off. Secondly, the purchase of these dolls helps children around the world. I also love that they travel and represent different cultures. I would like to see dolls from the Philippines next as my kids are part Filipino. I’m a subscriber.

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Lisa @ Final Score: Boys3 Girls2 May 24, 2009 at 4:34 AM
Lisa @ Final Score: Boys3 Girls2 May 24, 2009 at 4:31 AM

I faved you on technorati, HBgirl.

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Lisa @ Final Score: Boys3 Girls2 May 24, 2009 at 4:29 AM

I love that 1. they give 3 percent to help children and 2. that they carry different dolls from around the world. My kids are part Filipino and i like to try and get them dolls that share their features and there are not many out there.

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Brandi May 24, 2009 at 3:00 AM
Brandi May 24, 2009 at 2:56 AM

I subscribed with email addy fivemonkiesreview@gmail.com

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Brandi May 24, 2009 at 2:55 AM

I would love to win this doll. I love the fact that the company really tries to make each doll unique, and the books would make my little reader extra happy!

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HilLesha May 24, 2009 at 2:40 AM

I’d love to win this for my friend’s daughter. I subscribed to your blog. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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