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Taryn, Brianne, Alexi and Jenna

Taryn in her box with outfits


Close-Up of Jenna showing her cute freckles

Doll Line

Maplelea Girls


Avonlea Traditions, Inc.


Not acknowledged ("a local, Canadian artist")

Production Years




Body Type

Soft body, articulated 


Sleep eyes 


High quality wig 

Identifying Markings

Script "CG" logo, TM, © Avonlea Traditions Inc. on back of neck, followed by year and production run information (see below). Body has materials tag. Clothing is tagged.

Retail Price

$99.99 Canadian  


Full line of outfits available separately.

Clothing Fit

Maplelea clothes and shoes also fit American Girl.

Dolls in Series

Brianne Kovac, Taryn Brady, Jenna McAllister, Alexi Neele and Leonie Belanger -Leblanc


Each doll comes with a journal, new pages come with outfits and accessories. 


The dolls are only available direct from the company (they are not sold in stores).

For More Information

The Maplelea website has lots of interesting information about the company and the origin of the dolls.

     Maplelea Taryn and AG Lindsey showing body comparison.


The Maplelea Girls were debuted at the Canadian Toy Fair in Toronto in 2003 by Avonlea Traditions, Inc. According to company president Kathryn Morton, “Our characters are meant to be both an inspiration to, and a reflection of, Canadian girls from coast to coast to coast. Maplelea Girls are dolls to play with now, and to treasure forever.” Avonlea Traditions Inc. is a Canadian owned and operated company based in Newmarket Ontario. Founded in 1988, Avonlea began developing products based on Canada's ever-popular storybook character, Anne of Green Gables and has now expanded their product line to include porcelain dolls, play dolls and decorative items.

Given the success of American Girl, it's not surprising that a company has finally marketed a similar product for our friends to the north. These girls are all contemporary characters, most similar to the American Girl Today line with whom they can share clothes.

The Maplelea Girls face was modeled on a real (and really cute) little girl from Aurora, Ontario and sculpted by a Canadian artist. I recently purchased Jenna, the green-eyed redhead shown in the close-up above, and I find her features very appealing in real life. It is difficult to capture her dimples and freckles with a camera and I thought her on-line catalog pictures made her look more "smirky" than she actually is. The lashes on Jenna's sleep eyes are soft and fine and nicely matched to her red hair. Her face paint is well done with realistic freckles and eyebrows. I find the lines drawn from the corners of her eyes to be a little dark and distracting, but the company informs me that this was softened in the second production run of the dolls. You can tell what year and production run a particular doll is from using the information coded into the number(s) stamped on the back of your dolls' neck. According to Morton, "2003-1 means that the first production run of this character was done in 2003. Subsequent production runs of the same character have an additional stamped number below the embossed number. For example the second batch of Taryn dolls are stamped with 2005-2 below the embossed 2003-1, meaning the second production run (or generation) was done in 2005.  There will always be the embossed original year of production, and the imprinted year and generation number of that particular doll." Note that first generation dolls, like my Jenna above, are a slightly different size than subsequent generation dolls, particularly the feet, but 90% of American Girl clothing will still fit them.

The quality of this doll's vinyl is top notch, as is her wigged Kanekalon hair. Her clothing is also nicely made. I was especially impressed with the quality of her realistic-looking athletic shoes. The box the doll came in is very, very good quality. It is extremely sturdy and makes a great storage box for the doll's outfits and accessories.

LeonieThe dolls come with a nice, loose-leaf journal and I was pleased to see that it has both a section introducing the doll's character and blank pages for the girl. (Some are fill-in-the-space pages similar to the AG Today book and some are blank pages for a diary-type journal.) You can print out additional blank journal pages from the website and you receive more pages (blank and with content) when you purchase outfits and accessories. The journal has pages in both English and French, as does the website.

In 2009, Maplelea added Leonie, a girl from Quebec, to the line. That is exciting to me since that is where my ancestors are from. I would still love to see a First Nations girl in the future or a black Maplelea Girl. Also new are wonderful outfits like a Pioneer Quebecoise outfit for Leonie, amazingly detailed hockey gear and helmet, also for Leonie, and an Anne of Green Gables costume for Jenna. If only shipping weren't so high from Canada, those outfits would be coming to me!

In summary, I am very pleased with the Maplelea Girls and hope they live long and prosper. Their price is high (comparable to American Girl) but their quality justifies the price. If you are Canadian, have Canadian ancestry or just want a nice friend for your current 18" girls, Maplelea Girls deserve your consideration.

Copyright © 2005 Maria Greene All Rights Reserved

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