The One and Only: A Maryellen Classic Volume 1 is the first volume of Maryellen's series. It was included with the Maryellen doll when purchased and could be purchased separately until the release of Maryellen: The One and Only.
- Maryellen Larkin
- Stan Larkin
- Kay Larkin
- Joan Larkin
- Carolyn Larkin
- Beverly Larkin
- Tom Larkin
- Mikey Larkin
- Davy Fenstermacher
- Jerry Ross
- Karen King
- Karen Stohlman
- Angela Terlizzi
- Mrs. Humphrey
- Wayne Philpott
- Grandpop and Grandmom
Only in The One and Only
Chapter by Chapter Summary
- Chapters One-Four can be seen as the equivalent of a meet book or "Book One."
- Setting: Daytona Beach, Summer 1954
Chapter One: The Room Switcheroo
Chapter Two: Another Great Idea
Chapter Three: Extraordinary, Not Extra Ordinary
Chapter Four: In the Pink
- Chapters Five-Nine can be seen as the equivalent of "Book Two."
- Setting: Daytona Beach, Late Summer/Early-to-Mid Fall 1954
Chapter Five: Being Noticed
Chapter Six: Unique
Chapter Seven: Tickled Pink
Chapter Eight: The Lunch Bunch
Chapter Nine: Maryellen's Cold War
- Chapters Ten-Thirteen can be seen as the equivalent of "Book Three."
- Setting: Daytona Beach, Winter 1954
Chapter Ten: Christmas Is on Its Way, Hurray!
Chapter Eleven: Four Wishes Rolled into One
Chapter Twelve: All Aboard
Chapter Thirteen: The Skaters' Waltz
Discusses life in America during the 1950s. Topics covered:
- The exuberant growth Americans experienced during the 1950s, with the economy booming, the birth rate increasing, and jobs being plentiful as industries switched from making wartime products to goods for families.
- Popular television programs families enjoyed watching together, such as I Love Lucy, The Ed Sullivan Show and The Lone Ranger.
- The power newscasters and advertisers had with shaping the public's view of life, as most people watched the same newscast, programs and advertisements due to the lack of channels available.
- Ways TV depicted life inaccurately, such as portraying women as housewives and having almost everyone on TV be white.
- Advertisers and manufacturers getting Americans to buy more new good by encouraging consumers to buy cars, furniture and appliances that were as nice as their neighbors'.
- The Cold War, caused by political tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, as both countries were deeply suspicious of each other and had a hostile relationship.
- The possibility for people suspected for having friendly feelings toward the Soviet Union to be blacklisted, resulting in losing their jobs and being questioned by the government.
- Middle class children living comfortable lives, as they had more opportunities for education and entertainment than any previous generation of children.
- TV not only encouraging conformity, but also broadening people's views by showing how other people lived and bringing the whole world right into their viewers' living rooms.