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					6                                                                                                              ‘TIS THE SEASON                                                                                                    TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE Thursday, November 27, 2003




Toddler gifts range from fun to educational
BY HEATHER JOHNSON                                  talking vacuum cleaner                            introduce books to little                ä The newest Sandra
DUROCHER                                            named Dusty is selling.                           ones. Lois Orth, children’s            Boynton book: “Fuzzy,
Special to the Record-Eagle                           “He’s just flying out of                        book manager at Horizon                Fuzzy, Fuzzy – A Touch,
  From educational to fun                           here,” he said.                                   Books in downtown                      Skritch and Tickle Book.”
to downright silly, toddler                           On the educational end,                         Traverse City, recommends              “It’s a board book and
toys are in abundance this                          Leap Frog products will                           these titles for toddlers              another one of her funny,
holiday season.                                     continue to sell well, area                       and preschoolers:                      silly books,” Orth said.
  Once again, Elmo, the                             merchants predicted.                                ä “365 Days of Baby                    ä “Brightest Star,” “A
furry, red Sesame Street                               “They’ve spanned all the                       Einstein,” a collection of             wonderful story of the
character, will be a hit                            ages,” Chmielewski said of                        stimulating learning expe-             nativity for even a very
with young children. In the                         the books, toys and soft-                         riences designed to                    young child,” Orth said.
past the Fisher-Price doll                          ware that are available.                          enhance verbal acquisi-                  ä “Winter Friends” by
has giggled when tickled                              Musical toys are always                         tion, nurture concept                  Carl Sams and Jean Stoick
and come dressed up as a                            favorites for 1-, 2- and 3-                       development and promote                (authors of “Stranger in
chicken; this year Elmo                             year-olds.                                        a lifetime love of learning.           the Woods”).
will “get down” to an all-                            “I can’t think of anything                        ä “Emergency!” and                     ä Sheila Rae’s
time kid-favorite dance                             a toddler would want to do                        “Construction!” “These are             “Peppermint Stick Board
tune.                                               more than make music,”                            wonderful board books                  Book” and Finger Puppet
  “The Hokey Pokey Elmo                             said Leslie Ansted, manag-                        that have just everything              by Kevin Henkes.
is expected to be big,” said                        er of Toy Harbor in                               under the sun about police               ä “Eyes, Nose, Fingers,
Mark Chmielewski, toy                               Traverse City, who added                          cars and ambulances and                and Toes: First Book All
department manager at                               that a music cube allowing                        excavators,” Orth said of              About You” by Judy
Meijer in Traverse City.                            youngsters to listen to dif-                      the oversized books pub-               Hindley.
  Other top toys for tod-                           ferent instrumental sounds                        lished by Priddy. “At $7.95
                                                    is a big seller.                                  each they’re a real bar-                 Heather Johnson
dlers include Fisher-
                                                      Tried-and-true toys like                        gain.”                                 Durocher is a local free -
Price’s Geo Trax, which is
                                                    wooden puzzles (with                                ä The Snappy series of               lance writer.
a system of vehicle tracks
that children can put                               knobs on each piece for                           pop-up books, including
together and the Rescue                             easy handling) and the                            “Snappy Little Bugs,”
Heroes line of figures,                             “roller coaster” on a wood-                       “Snappy Little Dinosaurs”                                      Record-Eagle/Jim Bovin

vehicles and other acces-                           en base (colorful beads                           and “Snappy Little Snow                Books make ideal gifts for
sories.                                             strung on wires inserted                          Time.”                                 toddlers and come in a
  On the sillier side,                              into the base; these are                            ä “Wiggle, Waggle Fun —              variety of shapes, sizes and
Chmielewski said he’s                               often seen in doctors’                            Stories and Rhymes For                 themes, as shown in this
                                                    offices) are perenially pop-                      The Very, Very Young” by
been somewhat surprised                                                                                                                      display at Horizon Books in
at how fast Playskool’s                             ular.                                             Margaret Mayo and other
                                                                                                                                             Traverse City.
                                                      It’s never too early to                         contributors.



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