The following FAQ has been written by a fan of both American Girl and A Life of Faith dolls, in an effort to explain the Life of Faith line. I am not connected to either company, and because I am only an enthusiast, there are possibly mistakes in this FAQ. I am a fan of both lines, and am not attempting to declare one superior to the other. Comparisons here are only for comparison's sake because people tend to be familiar with the American Girl brand. Please feel free to print this out if it will help you learn more about this great doll line for both girls and grown women who appreciate fiction with historical connections.
Is it easy to care for?
Is Elsie's hair long or short?
Why does the Millie doll have bangs, when Millie from the books does not have bangs?
Do all the dolls have the same face mold?
What are the eyes like? Are they "sleepy" eyes?
What are the eyelashes like?
Are Elsie's eyes really yellow?
Why do they have arms crooked at the elbow?
Is the torso soft/stuffed?
Since they're all vinyl, are they anatomically correct?
How tall are the dolls?
What is the quality?
What ages are they for?
What age are the dolls? Are they nine and ten, like American Girl
Can American Girls wear their clothing?
How would you compare their clothing to American Girl clothing?
The dolls/clothing/accessories do seem rather expensive. Are there ways to get
them for less money?
Do they ever retire outfits, like American Girl does?
I want to sew for my doll. What types of patterns will work?
What age girls would enjoy the books?
Do the books contain illustrations?
Are the books expensive?
Are these books new?
How are the girls in the books related?
Since the characters know one another, do the series have to be read in order?
What are their personalities?
Do they have a non-commercial website?
What other items does this company sell?
Where can I see the dolls in person?
If I see a doll I want "in person," do I have to buy the one on display? What
if it's dirty or messy?
What are some good sites about Life of Faith?
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Book Club. Every month, a chapter of a Martha Finley original book is posted! These are not the same books as the ones by Mission City Press.
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