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

 


2007 Award
American Girl Emily
(American Girl $87 Score:) In the American Girl collection of dolls, each comes with a book that introduces girls to a bit of history through stories. Emily is in fact not an American girl, but an English girl, an auburn-haired beauty evacuated during WWII from London, to live with Molly and her family. Still top rated, any number of historic dolls from various times in our history. Last year’s winner was also an English girl, Elizabeth, from a prominent Loyalist family (and best friend of well-known Felicity). She’s 18" tall with long blond hair and blue eyes. PLATINUM AWARD 06. Still top rated, Nellie O’Malley (Samantha’s best friend). PLATINUM AWARD ’05. 7 & up. (800) 845-0005.

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

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2007 Award
Tiptoes Touche Mediterranean Madge
(Manhattan Toy $19.99 Score:) The latest in one of our favorite lines of plush—they’re fun and funky, and come with plenty of attitude. You can select Madge the pig in her new polka dot bikini or her pink boa, or Gladys the cow with hot pink shoes. (800) 541-1345.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Furreal Friends Butterscotch Pony
(Hasbro $299.99 Score:) Your child is either going to love Butterscotch or want to run in the opposite direction. Butterscotch is voice activated and will move her head in your direction when you speak to her. She whinnes and snorts and while she doesn't actually move forward, she does make walking sounds when you sit on her (there is an 80 lb. limit). Comes with a carrot and brush. It's fun to feed her as she makes chomping sounds and moves her mouth. She has almost too much hair on her mane but certainly does fill the bill on "hairplay". We usually don't love dolls that do a lot of things--but for kids that love horses, Butterscotch is truly magical.

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

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2008 Award
Arnold the Snoring Pig
(Gund $30 Score:) Pure novelty! Arnold is a cuddly pink plush pig that snores and moves its ear, mouth, and body when you press its hoof. It’s hard not to smile. Your preschooler will enjoy Arnold--you will too!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Groovy Girls Poseable Dolls
(Manhattan Toy $15.95 Score:) This continues to be a BLUE CHIP collection of soft 13" multi-ethnic dolls with stitched features, yarn hair, and groovy clothes. The big addition this year is a collection of dolls with bendable limbs. Happily, there is a boy doll in this line. Still the superlative gift, consider a Supersized Groovy Girl ($50), a 40" child-sized fabric doll that’s like a pretend play pal.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
American Girls Julie and Ivy
(American Girl $87 Score:) In the American Girl collection of dolls, each comes with a book that introduces girls to a bit of history through stories. Julie is a nine-year-old of the '70s, meaning she is caught up in the women’s rights movement, Title IX, the Bicentennial and oh, yes, her parents' divorce. Talk about hitting all bases—this does it. Julie is about to move from her house in San Francisco, near Chinatown and her best friend Ivy ($87). Both dolls are being launched simultaneously with six books about them, authored by two well known writers, Megan McDonald and Lisa Yee. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2009 Award
National Geographic Kids Animals
(International Playthings $19.99 Score:) A wide range of animals are available in this line. Whether you have a child fascinated by reptiles or mammals (ice animals or jungle)...there's probably a winner to bring home. Our suggestion- bring one of these plush toys home with a book that you can share. Learning more about the creatures we share this planet with is one of the "greenest" messages around. 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: 2009.

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2009 Award
Lubies
(Rocket USA $9.99 Score:) A collection of witty plush balls in the shapes of a variety of animals. They are marketed to school aged kids, but we’re willing to bet preschoolers are going to want them, too. These really cute ball shaped dolls are not just great collectables. We’re sure kids will use them as soft balls to toss about indoors. They might even inspire some pretend/story telling. They say they are safe for all ages but they are targeted for 7 & up. We’d say 3’s and up will love them. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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