Bringing our Living Cards to Life!

We have carried the Living Cards from the German company, Baerenpresse for a few years, have long felt that our pictures do not do them justice.  So we have made this video which features most of the current styles that we carry, so you can see them in action.  We love these cards, and you will be able to tell from the beginning of this video that our kids do too!

Top Reasons to Love Furnis Puppets!

Furnis Monkey Puppets

Puppets are something that we all loved at one point in our life, but then we grow-up.  We forget their magic.  We think puppets are wonderful, and not only that, we thing our Furnis puppets are outstanding.  Here’s why!

  1. Soft & Cuddly -Sometimes we all feel like snuggling.  The thing we like best about the Furnis puppets is they are soft and snuggly.  Furnis animal puppets, bookmarks, and magnets are made from the softest chenille-like fabrics we can imagine.
  2. Adorable  Friendly Faces – Some  puppets are so life-like they can be a little scary for little ones.  Such puppets have their place, but for those that want to entertain  young children without the bad dreams, our Furnis puppets are ideal.  When our soft, friendly puppets tickle a child, the children squeal with delight.
  3. Easy Smiles! – Ever been in a waiting room with an anxious or crying child?  Ever been desperate to keep a fidgety child quietly distracted during a meeting or assembly of some kind? Small puppets can be just the thing to catch a child’s attention & imagination.
  4. Easy To Travel -  Our puppets are soft enough to slip into a purse or  bag taking up not much more room than a glove.  This makes it so much easier to have at a moments notice in situations listed in point # 3 (and so much more creative and interactive than your cell phone app!).
  5. Unlimited Stories to be Told – All sorts of stories that can be told with the range of our animal puppets.  Make up your own, or find free scripts from Puppetresources.com to create your own masterpiece performance!

Remember, sometimes fingerpuppets are just right.  Here is a video we made a while back featuring our fairytale fingerpuppets.  Enjoy!

Charlie Hope To Release New Album

Charlie Hope will be releasing her new album in early June. Songs, Stories, and Friends: Lets Go Play! takes children on a journey of fun, imagination, and adventure, weaving themes such as friends, dogs, picnics, hot air balloons, into a coherent whole that takes children from start to finish. Includes 21 tracks of mostly original music, verses, and spoken word.

Charlie Hope is also giving away a free download in advance of the release. Which song would you like to download?

Take a listen!

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Charlie Hope Wins TWO IMA Awards

ASHLAND, Ma. – (Jan. 27, 2010) Being herself obviously has paid off for children’s musician Charlie Hope. Her “I’m Me!” album and its title track were just named cream of the crop in the children’s music division of the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMA).

Hope’s debut CD “I’m Me!” was chosen as “Best Album,” and her folksy title track was awarded “Best Song”, sweeping the children’s category. She is in good company with Dan Zanes, who won best album last year.

Released in July 2009 under the Little Maple Leaf Productions label, “I’m Me!” was among thousands of entries submitted by independent label and self-released artists worldwide. The eclectic field was pared down by a panel of judges, including notables such as Pete Wentz, Ricky Skaggs, DJ Spooky, The Black Keys, Suzanne Vega, Hanson, Aimee Mann, Bettye LaVette, Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, and Judy Collins – among others.

“This is really exciting!” said Hope. “I’m really enjoying what I’m doing, and these awards are another confirmation that I am on the right path.”

Hope earned a bachelor’s degree in art therapy with children, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has worked with children in preschools and privately as a nanny. Music abilities nurtured in her youth, found an outlet in these childcare settings, said the Ashland High School graduate.

“I’ve worked with children for many years at preschools and in the home and believe music is an integral part of a child’s well-being,” she said. “My desire to really pursue children’s music came out of the blue one day while reevaluating my career. It was the obvious move…but it’s all in the timing. When I heard the first mixes of the songs, I just knew. ‘This is it,” I thought. ‘Now it gets exciting!’ ”

A Canadian by birth, Hope currently lives in Los Angeles. However, many of her concerts still take place in New England, where she grew up. Her music focuses on elements relevant to children’s lives and gives a positive spin on things like naptime and new siblings.

“One of my favorite things about doing children’s music is the live shows. If only one child is jumping up and down and dancing to the music, it makes my day,” said Hope in an interview with her hometown paper, the Ashland Tab.

The IMA award comes on the heels of recognition throughout the children’s music industry. Hope’s “I’m Me!” album garnered a Parents’ Choice Awards Silver Honor in October 2009 a Preferred Choice by Creative Child Magazine, and Favorite Kid’s Album by Boston Children’s Music. Her “World of Dreams” lullaby CD was also honored with a Seal of Excellence Award by Creative Child Magazine.

“I’m so happy that the IMA judges recognized Charlie’s talent,” said Rob Wilson of Challenge & Fun, an Ashland wholesaler of children’s natural toys and distributor of Charlie Hope’s music. “She really understands children, and her voice is absolutely charming.”

IMA recognizes noteworthy albums, songs, music videos and album art designs from all over the world – particularly those artists “who follow their own muse.” To hear Hope’s music, go to www.charliehopemusic.com and click on the “music” tab.

Music fans have until June 25 to champion their favorite Nominees at The IMA Vox Pop Jukebox (Click Here) to determine The 9th Independent Music Awards ‘People’s Voice’ Winners.

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