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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2007 Award
American Girl Jess
(American Girl $87 Score:) Jess, is this year's Girl of the Year from American Girl's contemporary collection of dolls. She's an Amerasian, 18" tall with dark brown eyes and her hair comes in loose braids. Her dad is Irish American and her mom is Japanese American. While the book points out that they come from different backgrounds, they both love archeology. Her family goes to Belize so the accessories that you can also add include a passport, a camera and a kayak.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Emperor Penguin Chicks
(Wildlife Artists Inc. $20 Score:) Choose either the handsome 21" traditional plush Emperor Chick($40) that looks half grown or the 13” Emperor Penguin Chick ($20) that has downy like plush with a recently hatch look. Either are an adorable armful and a welcome huggable for the very current penguin craze.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
eeBoo Classic Bingo
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

Each player collects matching transportation, animals, clothing, colors, or nature cards as they are drawn from the bag. Winner is first to cover all eight pictures on his playing board. Cards are printed with words, so sight vocabulary is being built for beginning readers, although no reading is needed. A good game for building vocabulary and turn taking. Also, of interest for those learning Spanish or French($14.95 each) the same game with vocabulary in those languages.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
eeBoo Paper Doll Game
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:) Our testers really loved this game. Four cardboard adorable multicultural paper dolls, created by illustrator, Lizzy Rockwell, come ready to be dressed. Hit the spinner and players take turns pulling shoes, hats, tops, bottoms, and other parts to make a complete outfit. Winner is first to dress her 10 ¾” doll. For 2-5 players. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Seek and Find Let's Go to the City!
(Cranium $9.99 Score:) First players put together the 24 piece puzzle. Then they draw illustrated cards that show them the objects they must find and circle with a dry marker that wipes off. The illustrations are pleasingly busy (somewhere in between a Where's Waldo and a Richard Scarry's illustration). Each puzzle comes with 15 beginner cards and 15 more advanced cards so the game can be played by mixed aged groups. They say 3 & up, we’d say more like 4 and up to start. Also in this line and recommended, Seek and Find Take Me to the Carnival!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
FurReal Friends Newborn Piglet and Lamb
(Hasbro $12.99 Score:) Two plush barnyard animals, a piglet and a lamb, that oink and baa and wiggle their heads and bodies when stroked. They come with a small feeding bottle, as well. These are novelty items, but fun little 9” critters for a fistful of fun. They would also be enjoyed on an office desk too (we speak from personal experience). 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Fashion Angels Living Dolls
(Fashion Angels Enterprises $20 Score:) A funky collection of multicultural dolls that have eclectic clothing, e.g., printed canvas sneakers paired with embroidered denim jackets with lacy skirts. There’s Lulu, Debo, Bebe and Izzy – all are poseable dolls and can exchange both clothes and wigs (a new twist in toyland). We wonder if the wigs were inspired by all those home shopping network wig segments (ok, sometimes we do watch way too much television.)

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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Works of Ahhh Animals
(Balitono $7.99 Score:) Kit comes with a single wooden animal (triceratops, dolphin, horse, penguin), paints and a brush. These are charming kits that will be enjoyed in different ways depending on the age of the artist. Younger painters will paint quickly and then have a great animal to add to their block play. Older painters will take pleasure in taking their time and then having something to display. One tester also thought the penguin was great for a school project.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Madeline Cloth Doll
(Alexander Doll Company $69.00 Score:)

Here she is in her blue coat, plaid dress and yellow hat on her red yarn hair, an oversized 29” tall, all fabric, with stitched features. Her coat and dress come off, but the rest of her clothing is not. This is safe enough for toddlers but appealing to preschoolers who will know Madeline’s stories from books and videos.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Three of a Crime
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

This is a game of deduction that calls for critical thinking skills and visual memory. “It” picks a card that shows the faces of the three guilty thieves, but keeps their identities a secret. Players select cards with a trio of crooks pictured and “It” indicates if there are 1-2 or 3 thieves on each played card. Players must deduce which of the three are the guilty parties from the clues given by “It.” Fun for 2-6 players; about 15 mins.  8 & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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