American Girl to introduce a St. Louis doll

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - She loves the Cardinals, her mom is renovating a house in North St. Louis and her dad teaches at Washington University. Yes, nine year old Lea Clark is your average St. Louis American Girl. American Girl doll that is.

"Right, Lea Clark, she is from here, Lafayette Square," says Jennifer Petrowsky, GM American Girl.

But at Chesterfield Mall Lea has her own world at the American Girl Store. There you'll find little Lea`s rainforest house, and all the accessories a girl needs for her dolly from the Gateway City.

"Lea comes with book one and book two you`ll see references to St. Louis," says Petrowsky.  "But really book three is where St. Louis really comes to life."

There's tales of Ted Drewes, classes at COCA, and a visit to the City Museum, oh and the well named Clark learns to swim.

"Our stories are very relevant to girls today and something they need to work on and once she gets over her fear you can't get her out of her kayak and snorkel equipment," says Petrowsky.

Meanwhile, it was bath time for Bo at Four Muddy Paws, Tuesday afternoon in Lafayette Square, where fictional Lea lives. And word had spread of the neighborhood's 9-year old adventurer.

"Really has done great things for girls and empowering them to be their own individuals and I think to highlight some of the historic neighborhoods in St. Louis is wonderful," says Jeff Jensen, Four Muddy Paws co-owner.

The local pet store that's been a Lafayette fixture for 11 years say they would gladly welcome Lea and all the curious touristy nine and ten year olds that this book might bring.

"I think it would be great for kids to experience the history and understand where St. Louis came from," says Jensen.