Karito Kids Dolls: Gorgeous Dolls with a Social Conscience

09/11/2007 at 10:21 AM ET

Ling_book275Have you heard about the Karito Kids dolls? These dolls are awesome and may just be the hottest things for the upcoming holiday season!

According to the Karito Kids website, "Karito [`ka-ree`-toe], a word from the constructed international language, Esperanto, meaning charity and love of one’s neighbor perfectly identifies our hopes and goals. Karito Kids® by KidsGive™ are not just dolls and books – they are a philosophy. We believe that children around the world are fundamentally the same and that, given the chance, they want to help each other. At KidsGive we want to help teach children around the world about the importance of social responsibility and charitable giving.  To help us do that we created five girls that represent different cultures from around the world. Wan Ling is a panda lover from China, Lulu is an aspiring soccer star and co-host on a children’s TV show in Kenya, Zoe is a bohemian songwriter from New York, Gia is a fashionista and budding designer from Italy and Pita is a medal-winning equestrian from Mexico."  It’s aimed for ages 6 and up- though the dolls are supposed to be 11 years old.

The website also goes on to say, "After entering the special code found with your doll, book or accessory, you will be able to read about four projects that we are supporting and actually vote for the one to which you want us to direct a donation. You can also choose to get emails that tells you about the progress of the project!"

We checked out Wan Ling from China. The facial features were beautiful.  21 inch poseable Wan Ling comes with a 144 page book and is made of phthalate-free vinyl with a torso that is 1/3 vinyl and 2/3 soft 100% cotton filled with polyester fill.

The dolls (with hard cover book included) retail for $99.99 and are truly well made. In May, Brooke Shields, Julie Moran and Holly Robinson Peete hosted a tea party to introduce the line. Angie Harmon and Ming-Na were also there with their children. Oprah featured the line in the August 2007 of O Magazine. To shop, go to Karito Kids to buy online or find a retailer or click here.

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Wow! These are amazing! I can’t wait for my daughter to receive hers!