Ivy & Julie 1976

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Do you have an American Girl fan in your home? Have you watched An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win yet? Jaci, our resident American Girl expert, absolutely loved it! And, based on the many awards it’s won, including a Parents’ Choice Gold Award and a Humanitas Prize in the Children’s Live Action Category, many others must have as well. On Friday, March 24, a new Amazon Original Special will come to Prime Video.

Ivy & Julie 1976

Ivy & Julie 1976

An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance introduces us to Ivy Ling. Ivy (Nina Lu, BUNK’D) is a 10-year-old Chinese-American girl who struggles with finding a balance between her two cultural identities: Chinese and American. With her family’s Chinese traditions and obligations, she wishes to be like her all-American best friend, Julie Albright (Hannah Nordberg). When her gymnastics tournament and family’s big Chinese New Year dinner land on the same day, Ivy relies on Julie to guide her with a difficult choice. The special also stars Gwendoline Yeo (American Crime) and Lance Lim (School of Rock).

After watching the movie with Jaci, we were able to have a conversation about making tough decisions, understanding our culture, and wanting to be someone else. Each of these themes presented themselves in the movie and and opened up doors for talking them out. From understanding how unique each of stories are to feeling compassion for others, there was much to be learned by watching.

An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976 A Happy Balance

Coming from a multi-cultural family, I could completely relate with the way Ivy felt torn between her Chine-American cultures. For me, hearing my own grandmother’s immigration story changed my perspective on the way I felt about my heritage. For Ivy, hearing her grandparent’s plight opens her eyes to the sacrifices they made to make a better life for future generations. Yet, even upon learning this, Ivy must decide on which event she should attend. Fortunately, she has Julie there to help her talk it through. And it’s through this conversation, that Ivy learns that Julie’s life isn’t as perfect as she believed it to be.

An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976 A Happy Balance

Does Ivy decide to attend the tournament or dinner? 

Watch the movie to find out!

An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at www.amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.