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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Dolls and Huggables

 


2013 Award
Corolle Les Cheries Chloe Au Palais Royal
(Corolle $51 Score:)

Chloe is totally on trend with faux fur wrap (on top of her pink party dress) and leopard print ballet flats and purse! What we love about this collection of 13" fashion dolls is that they celebrate girls. The clothes give a nod to trends but in completely age appropriate styles. Girls will also love her long hair, sweet (vinyl) face and vanilla scent. Chloe is also available in a ballerina outfit. 

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Corolle Les Cheries Cecile A La Tour Eiffel
(Corolle $51.99 Score:)

We want to be Cecile when we grow up - down to her two-toned Chanel-inspired ballet slippers. Ready to tour all the sights in Paris, Cecile is the latest addition to this Platinum Award winning line of 13" dolls that celebrate girls (not girls dressed up as women). There are additional dolls and clothes in this collection (happily, they can all share the same wardrobe).  Each comes with an all vinyl body and the signature scent of vanilla. Tre joile!

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Journey Girl Dolls
(Toys R Us $39 Score:)

Another beautiful collection that rivals other more expensive dolls. We were taken with Chavonne, an 18-inch African American girl, she wears a satin ruffled party dress topped with a white lace jacket and matching bow in her luxurious hair. She is heading to Paris to see the sights along with the other multi-ethnic Journey dolls. Each has a soft fabric body and plastic legs, arms, and head.   

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Clementine, A Girl for all Time
(A Girl for all Time $134.99 Score:)

Clementine, is a 1940's English girl, with an instantly lovable wistful look, auburn hair, green eyes, and clothes from the WWII era. Her sheer green floral print dress has slightly puffy sleeves, a dainty buckled belt and a brown satin Peter Pan collar. She wears wonderful brown sandal-like shoes with mesh white knee socks that can be folded down. Her brownish red be-ribboned felt hat has a rolled brim and is a perfect foil for her lovely bobbed hair. As extras: we love her fitted pink coat with matching beret and she should be heading to Covent Garden or some such place in her lilac party dress that is topped off with a feather boa and party shoes to match. Clementine's story actually begins during the evacuation in 1939 wartime London. Newest of the Girl for All Time collection, she is 14-inches tall and totally jointed at the knees, elbows, and hips, making her easier to pose than comparable dolls. Like previous Girl for All Time winners, Matilda, a Tudor girl and Amelia, a Victorian girl, Clementine's details are noteworthy.  Designed for play, she and others in the collection will likely become treasured collectibles for the lucky few. http://www.agirlforalltime.us/

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
North American Bear, Dolly Pockets Cinderella
(North American Bear Co. $24.99 Score:)


A 14-inch rag doll that comes with three finger puppets (Godmother, Prince and pumpkin) Cinderella is ready to act out her story or play an all new one. Her pink and lavender dress is on to stay and does not turn into a ball gown like some of the North American Topsy Turvy flip dolls. Her fabric hair is permanently in place, too. A good choice for preschoolers to encourage retelling familiar stories. Also see Dolly Pockets Red Riding Hood or Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
North American Bear, Dolly Pockets Red Riding Hood
(North American Bear Co. $24.99 Score:)

A 14-inch rag doll that comes with three finger puppets (Granny, the big bad wolf and the woodsman) Little Red is ready to act out her story or play an all new one. Her red cape and polka-dotted dress are on to stay and her fabric hairs is permanently in place, too. A good choice for preschoolers to engourage retelling familiar stories. Also see Dolly Pockets Cinderella and Goldilocks and the three Bears. 3 & up.

SNAP: Telling stories without a book in hand, can bring a story to life and encourage children to participate in the telling. This kind of doll with finger puppets is a great prop for doing that kind of story telling and maybe even getting little listeners to turn into little story tellers. Before a repetative line...pause and say and 'what did the big bad wolf say then?'

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Barbie Mars Explorer, Career of the Year 2013
(Mattel $12.99 Score:)

"She's out of this world!" That's what our tester said about the striking new Mars Explorer Barbie. Created in collaboration with NASA, she comes dressed in a sleek white space suit with hot pink bands. Her pink helmet is removable, as are her space boots and oxygen tank. As you would expect, Barbie is bringing her signature pink to the red planet. Winner of the Career of the Year, 2013, Barbie is once again showing girls that they can reach for the stars with jobs that involve science and exploration. Barbie Mars Explorer is available both as African American or Caucasian versions and commemorates the First anniversary of NASA's Curiosity Rover landing on Mars. We like the science factoids on the box and the image of the Curiosity Rover behind Barbie.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
North American Bear Dolly Pockets Wizard of Oz
(North American Bear Co. $24.99 Score:)

Dressed in a blue checked dress with three pockets that hold the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow finger puppets, an all fabric Dorothy is ready for acting out the whole classic story. Dorothy has long brown pigtails tied up in two bunches with red ribbons. Her features are stitched on and her dress is sewn on. A good choice for language development and recalling the sequence of the story from beginning to end. Try sharing the story telling to begin with.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
North American Bear Dolly Pockets Goldilocks
(North American Bear Co. $24.99 Score:)

Dressed in a pink and calico dress with three pockets that hold the Mama, Papa and Baby Bear finger puppets, an all fabric Goldilocks is ready for acting out the whole classic story. Goldie has long blonde curls tied up in two bunches. Her features are stitched on and her dress is sewn on. A good choice for language development and recalling the sequence of the story from beginning to end. Try sharing the story telling to begin with.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Once Upon A Tree House Dolls
(Once Upon a Tree House $12-20 Score:)

For the dollhouse, you won't find a sweeter collection of multicultural dolls, both boys and girls to play in this company's treehouse or the dollhouse you may own. These fabric dolls have solid feet to stand on and are dressed in charming outfits. Some, like the dancer come with a ballet bar and there is a soccer player with a goal. Dolls are sold separately. The company also does a line of wooden outdoor equipment that could be used outside of any dollhouse. There is a picnic table, a see-saw, and a pop up cloth tent($80 for the set.) We did not see the wooden dollhouse as pictured online nor the furniture. We assume it is beautifully finished as all the other furnishings we did handle. We did see the Treehouse ($120) an open wooden setting with a swing and climbing ladder and a very long slide. It is a nice setting, but it probably will not take the place of a dollhouse. This is a new company with some pricey but beautiful looking products. We look forward to seeing more in the future. Meanwhile, we have to say these are the most special props for dollhouses we have seen in years!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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