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January 2013 Notable Toys — Audio & CD





Specialty: Yes (as of 2013)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Music
Audio & CD



Ella Jenkins wears the title given her by many of her fans, "The First Lady of Children’s Music," with tremendous energy. Now in her ninth decade, she continues to encourage young children to hop, skip, jump, clap, dance, and be active through song. Drawn from many recordings created during her legendary career, these songs demonstrate Ella’s genius as both a music educator and children’s entertainer.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35999      (added 1/16/2013)
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A 30 second video clip for this little green troubadour’s song "I’m A Gummy
Bear" (now known worldwide as The Gummy Bear Song) has met an enthusiastic response around the globe with more than 800 million plays on YouTube and MySpace video alone. This multi-lingual hit – available in the original Hungarian, we well as English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Hebrew, Czech, Slovak, and other languages – has won the hearts of fun-loving audiences everywhere. It has gone on to hit the best seller lists in every country in which it was released. This USA release is an enhanced CD and includes exclusive bonus content not previously available in any other country as well as the full length version of the English video.
— As of 1/16/2013 this product had 4.4 out of 5 stars from 25 reviews on Amazon.com.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35991      (added 1/16/2013)
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"La La Love To Dance", the second album from internationally acclaimed animated superstar Gummibär, is loaded with 16 new songs and 3 bonus tracks of rare remixes. YouTube hit “Nuki Nuki (The Nuki Song)” is included, as well as 12 original songs, and 3 fun covers. In addition, this album features the debut of Gummibär’s birthday song – “Happy Birthday Gummibär” – as specially requested by many of his young fans.
— As of 1/16/2013 this product had 5 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews on Amazon.com.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35990      (added 1/16/2013)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Music
Audio & CD



With a background in children’s literature, plus a GRAMMY® nomination for his kids’ songs, Zak Morgan brings all of his life experiences and a simple delight in words and music to his fourth family music album, The Barber of the Beasts, available on October 30 from the new Universal Music Enterprises label myKaZoo. The new CD, his third collaboration with producer/guitarist Ric Hordinski, features zany cover art and a 24-page, full-color insert with illustrations for all the songs, all done in the inimitable style of C.F. Payne. The album’s impressive guest artists include Bootsy Collins, Robbie Fulks , Byron House (Robert Plant), Karin Bergquist (Over the Rhine), and David LaBruyere (John Mayer). This exuberant celebration of wordplay and humorous storytelling are all typical of Zak Morgan’s songwriting. He aims to inspire his listeners to enjoy learning for its own sake while providing non-stop entertainment via catchy music and lyrics to make all ages hoot with delight.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35473      (added 11/9/2012)
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Age Range: 7 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Audio & CD



Men of Iron relates the thrilling adventures of a young man seeking justice for himself and his family in fifteenth-century England. With his father unfairly outlawed by King Henry IV, Myles Falworth faces enormous odds before he can become a knight and champion his family’s cause against powerful foes. With the help of loyal friends, Myles demonstrates courage and persistence as he confronts his opponents one by one, winning self-understanding and love along the way. In addition to being a classic adventure, Men of Iron offers fascinating details of castle life and of the long road to knighthood. This book is sure to become a favorite of any boy or girl who loves adventure, and will turn anyone new to the medieval era into a lifelong devotee. Written by Howard Pyle, unabridged reading by Jim Weiss.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35446      (added 11/6/2012)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Audio & CD
Preschool



Everywhere in the world, there are poems and songs especially for children—rhymes that are sung from generation to generation and never forgotten. In Japan, nursery rhymes speak of nature, of everyday joys and of Japan's own special culture. In Japanese Nursery Rhymes fifteen well-loved verses are colorfully presented in a format that makes language learning easier. The included audio CD features kids singing in both Japanese and English.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35349      (added 10/23/2012)
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Age Range: All Ages
Specialty: No
Made in: United States
Gender: Girls
Category: Audio & CD
Christmas
Music



The first-ever Christmas album from kids' music superstar Laurie Berkner, featuring classic seasonal and Christmas songs as well as three original tracks. "The CD is set apart from other holiday albums for kids because Laurie Berkner is the biggest name in children's music in the country - dubbed 'The queen of children's music' by People Magazine and 'The undisputed queen of kindie rock'" by USA Today.  The reason she is the biggest name in kids' music is her appeal to parents, not just kids," Sarah Geist Rosen from SKG Publicity told TDmonthly. Launch date: October 2012.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval
— As of 12/6/2012 this product had 4.9 out of 5 stars from 23 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Features many Christmas classics; interesting vocal arrangements; enjoyable for kids and adults. Cons: One reviewer wished there were more original songs.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35317      (added 10/19/2012)
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Age Range: All Ages
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: 26132659
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Audio & CD
Eco-Friendly



Singer-Songwriters Lydia Adams Davis and Kathy Byers have collaborated on this album of original songs about nature, recycling, animal habitats, global warming, conservation and environmental awareness. Highlights include the sprightly "Shy Raccoon," the appropriately tropical and lyrically transformative "Chameleon," and the easy picking tale of the great northern environment "In Alaska." Elsewhere, we are treated to tales of the decidedly un-limbed "I Am Snake," the busy "Be a Bumble Bee," and the complexity of ecosystems in "Think About the Ocean." Other favorites include "We Study Frogs" which will be a welcomed song for any science teacher to learn, and the pressing question of "Why Do Turtles Cross the Road," answered in the song of the same name. The album closes with the lovely and spirited "Song of Life" which should become the theme song for every nature center and school. The CD comes in mostly paper packaging, with nature-themed illustrations, a full booklet of lyrics and credits. Launch date: January 2012/
Awards: 2012 A Parents' Choice Award-Music Category
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35231      (added 10/10/2012)
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Age Range: 3 to 8
Specialty: No
Made in: United States
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Music
Preschool
Audio & CD



For over 40 years, Bobby Susser has entertained and educated millions of children through his songs. In his new, 25th collection, containing 12 songs, titled WO!, he continues his work, and quite remarkably, sounds better than ever. The songs are joyful, optimistic, and lots of fun. They encourage the young listeners to sing along, dance, and/or exercise; they develop a sense of rhythm and oral expression, and promote the significance of friendship, and togetherness through appreciation and understanding of songs, and their ability to enrich our lives. The first song , Any Time Of Day, is an exceptional song that's very inviting as soon as it's heard, as are, The Wo Wo Song, Smiling Face, Oooh Good Morning, and all the rest. The entire collection is filled with very catchy songs that will have everyone singing and dancing, learning and having lots of fun. Launch date: April 2012.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy Best Children's Product; 2012 Dr. Toy 10 Best Audio/DVD
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35190      (added 10/2/2012)
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