The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie

A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us

Book - 2010
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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."
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010
ISBN: 9780670011872
Characteristics: 130 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm


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Mar 09, 2018

I really like Fuzzy Wuzzy's comments below.

Mar 05, 2018

(*Lyrics excerpt from Aqua's "Barbie-Girl" song*) - "I'm a Barbie-girl... In a Barbie-world... Life in plastic... It's fantastic!"

To date (since 1959) - Mattel, Inc. has sold (get this!) over 1 billion Barbie dolls, worldwide.

Believe it, or not - This particular doll (like no other before, or since) has had such a significant impact on the social values of women by conveying characteristics of female independence.

Over the many years - Barbie has, indeed, been royally parodied (to the delight of many) in film, music, and television.

Impressively compiled by author, Tanya Lee Stone - "The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie" is part biography (both of the doll and her inventor, Ruth Handler) and part exploration of the cultural phenomenon that is all Barbie (from the top of her empty head to the tips of her twinkling toes).

So, whether you love Barbie, or you hate her - This book (containing both colour and b&w stills) is an enjoyable and informative read on all counts (just ask Ken about it).

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

i rlly enjoyed this book. it's bout the history of barbie and how barbie wuz made by this woman. rlly gud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tulips13 Jun 07, 2012

This book is really interesting. It tells about Barbie's past, and how the doll has changed over time. There a bunch of pictures that show all of the different Barbies. It is really cool!

Dec 17, 2010

Very interesting to see the varied opinions about Barbie and her role in American culture.


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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

bout how barbie wuz created and the history behind it.....

Tulips13 Jun 07, 2012

Barbie started out as a dream in Ruth Handler's head. Now, 50 years later Barbie is one of the most played with dolls in the world. Learn about Barbie's past, present, and future in this beautifully designed book filled with pictures and quotes from Barbie lovers around the world.


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kaitmarie98 Apr 26, 2011

kaitmarie98 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


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