It’s been a few days since the VMA awards, and everyone is still buzzing about Miley Cyrus’ absurd appearance. Parenting groups are outraged not only by her get-up, but her less-than-innocent actions on stage. (Personally, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at my teddy bear the same way.) All kidding aside, like any parent, Miley just makes my job as mom a little more difficult, as I try to explain to my impressionable 9-year-old why it’s not cool to act and dress a certain way strictly for attention. For those parents looking to hang onto their child’s innocence just a tad bit longer, there’s a new fashion doll line that seeks to let girls act out their fantasy lives through play. Fairy Tale High is made up of eight favorite characters in a teenage version of their adult selves (imagine The Little Mermaid, even younger!). What we like is the backdrop in which their lives take place: a performing arts high school (a la Fame) that lets them flex their creative muscles, from the singing Tinker Bell to hair-styling Rapunzel. For girls looking bolster their play experience, there’s a complementary collection of webisodes and eBooks. Plenty of play value, minus the drama. We suggest you take a cue, Ms. Cyrus.
In a Nutshell: Move over, Monster High; there’s a new school edging out your turf. Fairy Tale High dolls let princess-loving girls graduate to the next level of make-believe.