Barbie, You Look Bodacious

With sales of the doll climbing, Mattel may be recovering

Like many mothers, Teresa Prentiss, of Champaign, Ill., spent the last two years chasing down Beanie Baby and Furby toys for her daughter Rhiannon. However, when the little girl celebrated her fourth birthday in April, those other toys had been pushed aside. Rhiannon now has six Barbie dolls and a string of Barbie accessories. "I can't tell you how much we spent on Barbie this year," sighs Teresa, as her daughter shampoos a Barbie in a tub nearby.

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