Making connections like these across the books is really important in giving the books educational values. Connections like these, if made early on, will help children become more successful in future history classes. It emphasizes that, even though these two stories are of different girls from different times and cultures, this theme of keeping tradition in the face of change stays consistent throughout history.
As an added bonus, here's a little something cool from a very old American Girl book.
|I am so sorry for how blurry this is, it's late at night and I'm lazy.|
This is a chart from a book called "Five Plays" published by Pleasant company in the early 1990s as a resource for teachers in teaching the american girl stories. On the front inside cover, there's this chart which allows you to see how the books all come together and why they were all written with the same title stems. If you read straight down, you can see changes across a specific era, but if you read from left to right, all the Meet, Learns a lesson, etc. then you can analyze broad changes across history. How cool! This system [sadly broken by Marie Grace and Cecile along with various other changes to the company/publishing patterns] was built to teach historical thinking skills.
The point being, that connections is what history should be about. When we think of a history class, we need to think of how all the stories connect to each other, and Pleasant Rowland along with countless authors and illustrators did an absolutely fantastic job of encouraging that.