En español | Sotero Pastrano Jr. will always remember his grandmother’s reaction when she accepted his Christmas gift, a soft cloth Abuelita Rosa doll that sings lullabies in Spanish. “She started laughing and said [the doll] looked like her,” he recalls. “When she pressed the doll’s hands and heard the familiar lullabies, she laughed some more.”
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The administrative assistant from Texas saw the difference the doll made in Maria Carmen Perales’s life. “My grandmother would knit clothes for the doll; this became her new-found hobby. She loved dressing the doll,” says the 29-year-old Mexican American, whose grandmother died in 2007 at age 76.