The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us is by Tanya Lee Stone. A wonderful and balanced look at an American icon and her affect on American culture. Love her or hate her, everyone has an experience with Barbie to share. Stone does a wonderful job of weaving the story of Ruth Handler, Barbie's creator, with a discussion of the various opinions regarding the doll's controversial place in Americana.
Ratings: 8th grade - 8 out of 10.