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Samantha's Short Story Collection.

Short Stories are little vignette stories for the Historical Characters. Most of these stories occur simultaneously during the events of the characters Central Series, though some happen before or after. Historical Characters following after Kaya's release never received short stories.

In American Girl Magazine

Several short stories were originally published in American Girl Magazine. Only a few pages long, each was accompanied with full-color illustrations and a small Meet the Author section. Some early ones had something akin to Looking Back sections—however, many of these focused on multiple time periods. The historical after details eventually began to be phased out in 1996.

Sometimes, they were replaced with American Girl Magazine Plays, excerpts from other books or historical stories, or reprints of previously published stories. The short stories were slowly transitioned out of the magazines around 1999 as the magazine shifted towards being independent from the Historical Characters and more focused on modern girls and their personal situations.

The following stories were published in the magazine under the titles:

Felicity Merriman

Kirsten Larson

Addy Walker

Samantha Parkington

Molly McIntire

While Josefina was released in 1998, she had no stories published in the magazine (though she had excerpts from her central series). Two of Kirsten's stories, Kirsten's New Teacher and Kirsten and the Thief, were never published outside of the magazines.

As Individual Books

Sometime after Kit's release, the short stories were released in individual, hardback book form yearly. The books were about five inches tall and four inches wide, with a character's personal color as the spine color. Each included illustrations, vignettes, and sometimes Looking Back sections that had accompanied the stories in the magazine; others had redone illustrations to reflect changes, including later released outfits. After-story crafts, recipes, and activities were also included both for stories that had been in the magazine. Kit's and Kaya's stories were brand new since they had not been around when the stories were published in the magazine; While Josefina's first story was published in 1999, it was not published in the magazines. Kirsten had two of her stories skipped, possibly to keep the number of stories among the characters to five at maximum.

The stories were also sold as box sets, combining the year's short stories into a six-book (with the addition of Kit and later Kaya, seven-book) set. Box sets were also sold in groups of three for Felicity, Josefina, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, and Molly which contained the story books released from 1999 to 2001. The individual short stories were discontinued and phased out in late 2005, leaving Kaya with one story, Felicity with her previously published four (as she had been downplayed) and Kit with two.

Hallmark Versions

Hallmark released versions of the short stories as well. Each copy had a small, attached ribbon bookmark emblazoned with the Hallmark logo and an ex libris page in the front. Otherwise, they were nearly identical with the official Pleasant Company editions.

Short Story Series Sets

Series One - 1999

Series Two - 2000

Series Three - 2001

Series Four - 2002

Series Five - 2003

Short Story Outfits

In 1999 and again in 2003, individual short stories were packaged with an outfit and hanging garment bag. Felicity did not receive a set in 2003 as she had been somewhat discontinued at the time. The 2003 outfits were also released in a Stories and Outfits Collection for each character except Felicity.

1999 Sets

2003 Sets

Short Story Collections

In 2006, the short stories for each character were bound into a single book of all five short stories with a ribbon bookmark and a raised picture on the cover from one of the stories. While the Looking Back sections were kept and added for new stories, all the activities and the individual "Meet The Author" flashbacks were removed; only one overarching "Meet the Author" section was left.

In order for every character to have an even five stories, new stories were added to Felicity's, Kit's and Kaya's collections. Felicity was given one new short story, Felicity's Valentine. Kit was given three - Kit's Winning Ways, Kit Uses Her Head, and Kit and Millie Ride Again. Kaya, having only had one in the collection prior to the Collections, was given four new stories: Kaya and the Beavers, Kaya and the Flood, Kaya and the Grandmothers, and Kaya and the Injured Dog.

These were phased out in 2007.

Short Story Collection Books

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