“You’re gonna love it,” says the girl’s little sister, as young Emma opens up an American Girl doll box containing a new American Girl doll with a prosthetic leg. It looks just like she does. “It’s got a leg like me!” Emma screams, elated and tearful at once. It’s a beautifully thoughtful gift from two dedicated parents — and an amazingly sensitive and smart response by a company, American Girl, that has established itself as innovative and socially conscious.
Courtney Fletcher Bennett, Emma’s mother, reads aloud the letter from American Girl telling the story of how the doll needed a few weeks of training to get used to the leg. And how she is now “ready to go and live her life without limitations with you.” The doll’s leg is pink. Emma’s favorite color. It’s the kind of tearjerker everyone should see.