Carrie has four daughters and runs Write On! Workshops--a summer writing camp for children.

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I (heart) McDonald’s

Just kidding.  I really don’t.  But I do love fairy tale themed Madame Alexander dolls in kids meals.  Right now, alongside a Happy Meal cheeseburger, you could find Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf (in Grandma’s clothes), Cinderella and the Prince, or Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter.    These are not Happy Meal prizes to throw out with the empty fry containers.  These are keepers. And maybe I’m a little funny, but I want all of them.

So yesterday we went to McDonald’s (again.)   My three year old found Hansel (“Who is this?”) in her Happy Meal.  For $1.81 more, I also purchased Gretel.  While Three ate her chicken nuggets, I told her the Hansel and Gretel story (as best as I could remember.)  A pretty gruesome tale, but she loved it–especially the part when the boy tricks the witch and sticks a chicken bone out of his cage.

We stopped at the library on the way home to check out a fairy tale book and see if I had Hansel and Gretel right.  In the story we found, there was no step mother and the boy used a stick instead of a bone.  I told Three that there are lots of ways to tell a story.  This is an old story that people like to tell lots of different ways.  She got it.

I spotted another McDonald’s on my way home from the dry cleaner today.  (I promise I usually don’t do this.)  I decided to skip the Happy Meal altogether and just ask for the toys.  They had Cinderella and the Prince.  The Prince has this little fluffy feather coming out of his hat.  Three knows this story and played a mixed version Cinderella meets Hansel and Gretel until her sisters came home from school.

So cute.  Maybe I do heart McDonald’s after all.

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  1. amyallenjohnson 09/13/2010 at 10:51 am

    ooh, do you have a zipcode for the mcD's that have the cinderella? funny enough, i have a collection of 12″ MA dolls, in their boxes, at my mom's house-maybe 100+, the “just look-don't touch” dolls of my youth

  2. Carriefinlinson 09/13/2010 at 5:47 pm

    What a neat collection! The dolls around my house are definitely hands on toys. The zip where I found our Cinderella dolls — 84107. Hope you find them!

  3. Carriefinlinson 09/13/2010 at 11:47 pm

    What a neat collection! The dolls around my house are definitely hands on toys. The zip where I found our Cinderella dolls — 84107. Hope you find them!

  4. Jen Crozier 09/15/2010 at 7:44 pm

    I've bought just the toys too! I do love these little dollies. Cute idea to share in the story telling…

  5. Jen Crozier 09/16/2010 at 1:44 am

    I've bought just the toys too! I do love these little dollies. Cute idea to share in the story telling…

  6. amyallenjohnson 09/16/2010 at 4:35 am

    Thanks for the lead! We found Alice & The Mad Hatter and the kids were thrilled as we had a lovely UnBirthday party for dinner with cupcakes and tea. I'm only afraid we're too late for the weeks we've missed, but I think I'm more concerned than the kids..