About this "my little pony" thing: can I ask youllee*) about that? As father who doesn't get to see his 5 yr old daughter very much and who grew up only with brothers I was taken aback a bit when she recently said we would play with that kind of pony dolls.
What's the fun in those ponies? I can see how princesses are intrigueing because they're ostentatiously feminine. I was f.i. fascinated by being a fireman. But ponies as a toy I find hard getting into.
Your explanation is appreciated....
*) In case you had forgotten: youllee is a transcription of the Dutch plural 2nd person. So inconvenient that in English there's no difference between singular and plural. So that's why I'm donating our 2nd person plural jullie to the English language. For those of use who don't feel sufficiently Texan to use y'all.
It is hard to explain, but little girls, generally between the ages of 5 and 9, are passionate about horses and ponies. At that age I longed for a Shetland pony of my own, loved books about horses like Black Beauty and My Friend Flicka, and had a fascination with unicorns. "My Little Pony" dolls are therefore irresistable -- they are pretty and glittery and in rainbow colors and they are PONIES/HORSES.
She might like some pony rides and books about horses and ponies too.
My five year old is passionate about my little ponies. We have been playing with them this morning.
I like to have a big narrative that they are planning a party (daughter is also a big lover of party planning) so we spent a very, very, very long time with all the ponies decorating the princess's castle, planning the cake (pinkie pie's job) the dresses (rarity's job) etc. etc. etc. It requires little imagination from me, in the end, which is lucky because I have none.
I visited my daughter today. This time we ended up admiring her princesses in a doll house. I noticed that there was also guy in chain mail with a crown. In an equestrian stance, so he had probably been twisted off a horse.
I was told that the purple princess was mad at the green princess because the purple one was bound to marry the prince. But then the green one intervened and married him.
What drama that the 5 yr old female mind comes up with! Marriage!?
I don't know where she gets it...