Mini book series premiseEdit
The stories contained in all seven mini books that came with the Kenner dolls were set on the same day, a Saturday, in the same location, the Washington Mall. Dawn, Mallory, Kristy and Mary Anne are responsible for charges, while Claudia, Stacey, and Jessi are at the mall on their own or with friends. In the stories (when mentioned), the characters are wearing the same outfits as their dolls.
Mallory is at the mall with eight-year-old twins Marilyn Arnold and Carolyn Arnold with the mission of buying them "a reasonably priced pet". Carolyn wants a pig and Marilyn wants a python. Mallory is worried the twins will clash over what pet to get.
They head over to Animalia, a pet store. The twins look at turtles, puppies, and rats. Marilyn asks if they can get a rabbit, and Carolyn responds that if Marilyn wants a rabbit, she wants a snake. Marilyn realizes a second later that snakes eat rabbits. Mallory tells the twins that if they won't stop fighting and agree on a pet, they are leaving. Before Mallory can continue, she is interrupted by a loud squeak belonging to two gerbils fighting over a piece of lettuce. Marilyn asks if they can get both (although they are only supposed to get one pet), and the owner offers two for the price of one. Mallory agrees, and they leave the store. However, the twins still can't agree on what to name the gerbils.