It was a sort of homecoming for Kathleen Ernst, when she visited Sackets Harbor this weekend.
Over a hundred greeted the Wisconsin author in Sackets at a tea party, hoping to hear more about one story in particular. Ernst's story about Caroline Abbott for the American Dolls historical series is the story of interest. It tells the fictional tale of Caroline Abbott and her life in Sackets Harbor during the War of 1812.
"Caroline has to face some hard times. Her mom and her grandmother live in Sackets Harbor and they have to keep the shipyard going," said Ernst about her book. "Caroline has to learn what even a nine year or ten year old girl can do to help the cause," she added.
It's girls like eight-year-old Anna Scott, that were at the event. Bubbly, energetic, and absolutely in love with her American Girl Doll Caroline.
"I just really like it because it kind of looks like me and she's really fun to play with," said Anna.
Organizers say Caroline and the rest of the American Girl Doll series are more than just fun, they encourage reading and an interest in history early on.
"It encourages younger folks to be reading and certainly a wonderful way to learn about the War of 1812 in a fun way," said Connie Barone, site manager.
From what we could tell, it seemed to be working.
"I want to read the whole series because I want to find out what happens when they capture her father," said Anna.
And the only way to find out more, just like Anna is doing, is to keep reading.
Friday, February 12, 2016, Watertown, NY
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