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Doll Replicated After Real-Life Librarian Nancy Pearl

By: Howard Wu - Published:   Updated: Jul 12 2011 • References: mcphee
When I stumbled upon this librarian doll (or action figure), I couldn't help but wonder why.

This 5” toy is based on Nancy Pearl, a real life Seattle-area librarian.

For whatever reason, the toy must have sold well enough for the new deluxe edition to be produced.  Other than a different colored outfit, the deluxe version features a button on Nancy Pearl's back which produces a librarian's stereotypical amazing shushing sound.

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