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Oppenheim toy portfolio : the best toys, books, videos, music & software for kids
Oppenheim, Joanne.
Personal Author:
2002 edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Inc., [2001]

Physical Description:
xxxvi, 326 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Format :


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GV1218.5 .O66 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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As featured on the TODAY SHOW! Parents turn to the experts at the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, the nationally recognized independent consumer organization, for reviews of the best (and worse) products in children's media. The Oppenheims help guide parents to find the best designed and most educational toys, books, recordings, videos and software for kids from infancy to age 10. More than 1,000 products reviewed as well as chapter for kids with special needs. Oppenheims are contributors to NBC's TODAY Show.

Author Notes

Joanne F. Oppenheim is an education and child development expert. She is the author of more than 50 books for and about children including The Christmas Witch; Kids and Play; Buy Me, Buy Me; and Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. She won the National Picture Book of the Year award in Canada for Have You Seen Birds?. With other members of her family, she co-founded Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Inc. that publishes books on the most successful toys for children, called the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vix
I Toys
1 Infants: Birth to One Yearp. 1
The Horizontal Infant
Crib Toys
Equipment for Playtime
First Lap and Floor Toys
The Vertical Infant
Rattles and Teethers
Floor Toys
First Toys for Crawlers
Tub Time
First Huggables
Best Travel Toys for Infants
Best New Baby/Shower Gifts
Toddlers-in-Training Toys
Best New Baby/Shower Gifts
Looking Ahead: Best First Birthday Gifts for Every Budget
2 Toddlers: One to Two Yearsp. 31
Active Physical Play
Strictly Outdoors
Sit-Down Play
First Construction Toys
First Stacking, Nesting, and Shape-Sorter Toys
Pretend Play
Art and Music
Bath Toys
Basic Furniture
Best Travel Toys for Toddlers
Best Second Birthday Gifts for Every Budget
3 Preschool: Three to Four Yearsp. 69
Pretend Play
First Trains and Track Toys
Construction Toys
Early Games
Science Toys and Activities
Active Physical Play
Art Supplies
Music and Movement
Preschool Furniture Basics
Best Travel Toys
Best Third and Fourth Birthday Gifts for Every Budget
4 Early School Years: Five to Ten Yearsp. 111
Pretend Play
Electric Train Sets
Racing Car and Track Sets
Remote Control Cars
Construction Toys
Activity Kits and Art Supplies
Musical Instruments
Active Play
Science Toys and Equipment
Best Travel Toys and Games
Best Birthday Gifts for Every Budget
II Booksp. 151
Babies and Young Toddlers
Older Toddlers
Preschool Books for Threes and Fours
Early School-Age Children
Read-Aloud Chapter Books
Resource/Activity Books
Coping with Life's Ups and Downs: Books for Mixed Ages
Holiday Books
Reference Books for Mixed Ages
III Videosp. 201
Music and Activities
Picturebook Videos
Story Videos for Early School Years
Feature-Length Films
Information, Please
Coping with Real Life
Science and Ecology
Noteworthy Catalogs
Noteworthy Websites
IV Audio: Great Music and Storiesp. 225
Stories: Audio/Book Sets
Play Along Instruments
Audio and Electronic Equipment
V Computer Software/CD-ROMp. 243
Software for Younger Users
Thought-Provoking Programs
Creativity Software
Imaging Products
Music and Sound
The Three Rs
Reference Titles
On-Line Reference Sources
Software for the Whole Family
PC Game Gear Checklist
Five Must-Have PC Accessories
Game Machines
VI Using Ordinary Toys for Kids with Special Needsp. 265
Infants and Toddlers
Preschool and Early School Years
Construction Toys
Pretend Play
Art Supplies
Big Muscles/Physical Play
Top-Rated Mail-Order Catalogs/On-Line Sitesp. 301
Safety Guidelinesp. 303
Subject Indexp. 308
Brand Name and Title Indexp. 316