Before there was American Girl there was (and still is) Madame Alexander. And I’m happy to report that the Madame is back at McDonald’s with a collection of storybook characters including Hansel and Gretel (shown above). I don’t think I ever had a Madame Alexander doll myself, but I certainly recall the dolls and their high quality from my childhood. I’ll never forget the one my sister had. She was a dark blonde with a broken leg and crutches and she wore a pink peignoir – a tragic figure to my young mind.
There is a movement among our county supervisors to outlaw Happy Meal toys, so enjoy them while they’re still legal (the idea!) And did you know, you don’t have to buy a Happy Meal to buy the toy. They’ll sell you the toys for $1 and some-odd cents. For some reason, I feel a little guilty when I just buy toys so I might buy a regular iced coffee (which is really deliciously sweet and creamy even though I usually don’t like sugar in my drinks) and I’ll visit in between meal times when they aren’t too busy and are more likely to look a little harder and see which toys they have.