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Manhattan Toy Peek Squeak Monkey
(Manhattan Toy $18 Score:)

Hang this on the stroller and take it down for laptime looking. The purple satin backed square "blankie" is loaded with activities and textures for you to talk about while little hands explore the crinkle peek flap that reveals a monkey face, the corduroy patch, a banana appliqué with squeaker inside and a teether that hides away in a small pocket. One edge of the blankie has silky fringe and another corner has two felt hearts. Topping it all is a monkey head with stitched features and bright colored ears.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Blabla Giant Hercule
(blabla kids $198 Score:)

Looking for a wow-ee gift that will serve as a huggable, over-the-top companion, and room decoration? Find a seat for dear lovable Hercule, an elephant who is soft and cuddly and 36 inches tall. He's dressed up in non-removable clothes that are gender neutral enough for any boy or girl, without the usual black super-hero stuff or girlie pink. Babies will loke gazing at him, toddlers will want to sit with him ( or on him), preschoolers will turn him into a playmate who listens to their stories as well as being a huggable pal. Hercule is elegant and hand knitted of 100% cotton in Peru. He's really like a piece of folk art, a memorable doll that will be enjoyed for years.
Pricey? Yes. Deliciously special? Indeed! All ages.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Manhattan Toy Lovelies Lindy Lamb
(Manhattan Toy $25 Score:)

From the Lovelies line-up, Lindy Lamb is totally loveable and huggable. All white, Lindy Lamb is 15-inches big with silky plush body and sweet face set off with tiny brown eyes. Lindy's bottom is weighted with pellets inside so it sits with ease. A good size, but light armful that will listen and has premade storyline. It’s all in the imagination of the child. IT's a pretty one for the nursery but even better for toddlers and preschoolers for snuggling.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Manhattan Toy Lovelies Mocha Monkey
(Manhattan Toy $10-25 Score:)

Totally loveable and huggable, this 15-inch Mocha Monkey with silky plush body, long tail, and sweet peachy face set off with brown velvety snout and tiny eyes. Mocha's bottom is weighted with pellets inside so it sits with ease. Also available in a 12 inch ($18) or 7 inch ($10) variation. All three of these are adorable dolls that will listen and have no hidden agenda premade storyline. It's all in the imagination of the child. All ages.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Manhattan Toy Folksy Foresters
(Manhattan Toy $19.99 Score:)

Instead of the usual plush huggables, these adorable forest critters are very friendly looking crew. Bennett Bear, Finley Fox, Ray Raccoon, and Rabbit are done up in corduroy with its interesting texture, detailed snouts and two tone bodies. We especially like Raccoon's black and white tail and Fox's pointy snout and two toned tail. These charming critters come in two sizes:13" and 8". All have easy to grasp under-stuffed arms and legs and bodies filled with polyester pellets that make them easy to sit up. The smaller sized ones make a nice fistful for toddlers and preschoolers to take along; while the 13" ones are more like an armful. You won’t go wrong with either.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
American Girl Beforever Samantha & Book
(American Girl $115 Score:)

Samantha, an American girl at the dawn of the 20th Century, is being brought up by her grandparents to be a proper young lady of her day. But her privileged life does not prevent her from befriending a servant girl and understanding her very different circumstances. American Girl introduced Samantha in 1986 and she is reintroduced this season in a new line of historical dolls with a refreshed look. Samantha is the first, but not the last of the well-loved collection. There are new books and accessories, as well. Dressed in a charming pink dress with ruffled collar and velvet sash, she is a beauty. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Krazy Kars Max Traxxx Tracer Racers Truck Set
(Skullduggery $29.99 Score:)

Awesome described last year's Max Traxxx Racing cars and the awesome-ness continues with the new Tracer Racer Truck set. With 16 feet of glow-in-the-dark track and two LED light-up trucks with lights on the bottom, kids can change the setting to adjust the type of pattern the trucks will leave on the track. Yes, like the cars the trucks leave a trace of LIGHT. Did we mention that the tracks will light up in the dark from the LED lights? Our testers loved both leaving LED on all the way--this lit up the entire inside of the track or putting the LED lights on pulse...which left a broken pattern on the track. Either way - this is another big hit. The tracks go together well and come with suction cups so that you can make two ramps and race the cars. Use this dual track set alone or combine it with last years car set and they are ready for amazing tract time. The company tells us that there is a patent pending, we just know this is sooo much fun. 6 & up

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Global Girl Doll Collection
(Global Girl Dolls $89.99 Score:)

Older girls may have put away their baby dolls, but they often still long for one last doll to treasure and this collection certainly fits the bill. These are 21" dolls each dressed and styled for a specific country. These are nothing like your mother’s or grandmother's foreign doll collection with traditional costumes. Tatiana from Russia, Vivienne from France, Mei Ling from China, Marcela from Argentina, Amahle from South Africa, and Tiffany from New York wear stylish and current sophisticated outfits. Each of the was made with a unique face mold and coloring that reflects the world of today’s girls. The soft-bodied dolls are pose able and can sit as well as stand. They come dressed with underwear, pierced earrings, coats and hats or lighter outer wear, and casual sports outfits. Each has shoes, handbags, and a beautiful head of hair to style and re-style. A book ($9.99) is sold separately for each doll and features both fiction and non-fiction to acquaint the reader with life styles for differing cultures. They are so new, they are only sold on line through globalgirl.com.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Ideal Magic Magic Show
(Poof Slinky $55.55 Score:)

With 64 pieces and the promise of 220 tricks, this is a great place to start with a child interested in learning some magic tricks. The set inclues a top hat (no bunny), magic cards, cloth handkerchief, magic lunch box, a fake thumb, a magic wand, special tubes, bottles, cups, disappearing card box, etc.   There is also an instruction booklet that walks you through the tricks.

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Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Quercetti Tubation Transparent
(International Playthings $49.99 Score:)

A 70 piece set of transparent tubes that connect like pipes. What we love about this kind of building set is that it is completely open-ended. Putting the pieces together is not only fun, but it helps build hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills and creativity. Comes with 28 straight pieces, 7 t-shaped pieces, 7 crosses and 28 curved pieces. A nice set to explore together.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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