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
It’s never too early to contributors.
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