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2005 Award
Little Brewster
(Mary Meyer $9 Score:) Little Brewster is a lovable, small, silky chocolate brown bear. He’s part of the Brewster Bear family, from 9" to 36" - you can find the perfect size for your child (and budget). (800) 451-4387.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Timber
(Gund $20 Score:) With a full tummy and slightly sad expression, Timber looks like he needs a hug—which is easy to do because his shiny mocha fur is extremely soft.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Little Mommy Potty Training Baby
(Fisher-Price $25 Score:) One of the most innovative dolls we’ve tested! She drinks but does not tinkle until she’s on her special potty seat. It’s magic (really creative use of magnets that releases the water)! Unfortunately, she is not tub-able! For an all-vinyl tub-able body, consider Corolle’s anatomically correct girl or boy 14" doll. They're pricier ($40) but very attractive. In the novelty doll category, Potty Elmo PLATINUM AWARD (Fisher-Price $19) is amazing. Give Elmo his sippy cup and you’ll hear him drink; if you don’t get him to the potty, he says, "Oops, Elmo didn’t get to the potty. Accidents happen," and if he makes it, "Elmo can do it and so can you!" One of the best and most polite interactive dolls we’ve ever tested. We pass on Zapf Creations’ Baby Born ($39.99 ) who got low marks from our testers because they had difficulty getting the pretend poop out (no joke).

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Awards
Potty Elmo
(Fisher-Price $19 Score:) In the novelty doll category, Potty Elmo is amazing. Give Elmo his sippy cup and you’ll hear him drink; if you don’t get him to the potty, he says, "Oops, Elmo didn’t get to the potty. Accidents happen," and if he makes it, "Elmo can do it and so can you!" One of the best and most polite interactive dolls we’ve ever tested. We pass on Zapf Creations’ Baby Born ($39.99) who got low marks from our testers because they had difficulty getting the pretend poop out (no joke).

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Corolle Emma Drink and Wet Doll
(Corolle $64.99 Score:)

We had a lot of inquiries this year about the best drink-and-wet doll. There are many choices! The prettiest of the bunch are from Corolle. Select either Emma or Paul, both anatomically correct 14" dolls with all-vinyl tubbable bodies. Comes with potty, bottle, and diaper for pretend play. 

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2005 Award
Bebe Do, My Real Baby
(Corolle $50 Score:) Bébé Do, My Real Baby is a sweet vinyl-faced doll with a fabric body that comes in two ethnic skin tones. Still top rated, Les Minis Calins BLUE CHIP ($16 & up), sweet 8" soft-bodied dolls that also come in Asian and African American versions. (800) 668-4846.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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Love Me Chou Chou
(Zapf Creation $49.99 Score:) Love Me Chou Chou score 3 (Zapf Creation $49.99) Love Me Chou Chou babbles, cries, says mama, and moves her feet, but she was disappointing to our testers who thought she was "too heavy... she had a seam on her head—looked like she had brain surgery... and you had to put a pacifier in to make her stop crying." We still highly recommend this company’s multi-ethnic and silent Baby Cakes Birthday line. Each 19" doll comes with eyes that open and close and are dressed in a beautiful knitted seater and cap. A scrumptious armful. Also pleasing, My First Baby Annabell ($19.99), a sweet and very affordable 14" bald baby doll in a terry cloth romper.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: .

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2005 Award
Topsy Turvy Dolls
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

These very old-fashioned fabric dolls retain their charm. Cinderella in rags flips into her ball gown. Also special: Little Red Riding Hood; Dorothy flips to Toto on the Yellow Brick Road; and Snow White flips into the evil Stepmother.New for 2006, Fancy Prancy Princess Topsy Turvy Dusk to Dawn reverses from purple to a fuchsia gown. Magical! (800) 682-3427.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2005 Award
Lila
(Corolle $55 Score:) If you’re looking for a big, beautiful, soft, sweet-smelling bald baby doll, look no further. This 17" baby cries, laughs, and babbles without being overly loud or intrusive. A perfect armful for pretend play. (800) 668-4846.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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Chicken Coop Dominoes
(Fundex $14.95 Score:) A new twist on dominoes. An electronic coop is the centerpost of this fun game. Players build “legs” off the coop and when they add a “double,” everyone must play matching tiles to form a three-pronged chicken leg. Develops matching, counting, and strategy skills. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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