KID STUFF: Cool Finds by Robin Gorman Newman
From Lassie to Old Yeller to Rin Tin Tin to Marley, dogs have stolen our attention and our hearts. In real life, our own pets are more than just canine companions; they are members of our family. And for some, they are heroes and brave servants. In Man’s Best Hero, prolific author (and lifelong dog lover) Ace Collins provides a collection of short, dramatic stories about dogs that have gone the extra mile. Though not trained to perform heroic acts, circumstances and the remarkable bond between the dog and its owner led these animals to perform amazing feats that defy logic. Whether it is saving a drowning man, jumping in front of a truck to push a toddler to the curb, or tearing the burning clothes off a child’s back, the actions presented in these stories display courage, loyalty, intelligence, and other admirable qualities of life and faith. These compelling portraits, told first in the words of the dog and then through exciting narrative that recounts the dog’s actions, will touch reader’s hearts and will leave them with a greater appreciation for their furry friends.
My son is a HUGE dog lover, and this book is so inspiring and so up his alley. It’s a real delight. Check it out on Amazon.
About the Author
Ace Collins is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than 60 titles, including The Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Darkness Before Dawn, and Lassie: A Dog’s Life. Ace frequently speaks across the country and on radio and has appeared on national television shows, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends, Entertainment Tonight, The Early Show and more. When not writing, he works as a magazine editor and graphic designer, as well as host for a charity organization radio and television broadcast. Ace and his wife, Kathy, are based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
POP THE PIG: Over 7 million sold, children across the globe LOVE this game. Pop the Pig provides hours of belly-busting, constructive enjoyment. With a roll of the dice, players take turns feeding the pig hamburgers as his belly slowly but surely expands with each bite. Whoever pops open his belt wins. Completely kid powered…no batteries required. Ages 4 and up. Sold at Toys R Us, Walmart, and K-mart. http://www.popthepig.com/
What an adorable game! I’ve long been a pig collector, and I get a total kick out of this toy, as does my son. Even though he’s 11, it’s silly fun, and younger kids will definitely be amused. Just looking at it makes you smile.
InRoadToys – Entertain the kids for hours with PlayTape from InRoad Toys. PlayTape is removable tape designed to look like roads and train tracks that can be used anywhere – at home, in the car, on vacation and even when you’re waiting for dinner to come at the restaurant! It’s a quick, easy way to create roads for playing with toy cars, trucks and trains. It sticks to any flat surface, tears easily to any length, and is repositionable and quickly removed without residue, PlayTape is easily stored and transported and is available in multiple colors, lengths and widths.
My son is playing with this all over the house, and since it’s easily removed without causing damage, I’m thrilled to see him venture off the computer for some creative toy time. Visit http://www.inroadtoys.com/products.
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