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Winner of: 2014 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum, Gold and SNAP Awards2014 Creative Child magazine's Kids Product of the Year Award, Kids Educational Products category2014 Creative Child magazine's Seal of Excellence Award, Book & Doll Set category Young readers are encouraged to fearlessly go for the perfect 10 with the empowering gymnastics story and cloth doll included in this set Go! Go! Sports Girl products are designed as a fun and educational way to promote self-appreciation and the benefits of daily exercise, smart eating and sleeping habits, self-esteem, and overall healthy life skills for girls. The books and dolls in the series encourage all children to dream big and work hard to achieve their goals—and have fun while doing so. Maya is afraid of everything: climbing trees, thunder, spiders—and she’s especially afraid of the squats and handsprings she has to do in her gymnastics class. With the big meet coming up, though, she’ll have to become brave. Readers will find out how she does it, and the unexpected friend she makes on the way, in the engaging 730 Lexile story included in this set. They’ll also be able to do handstands and tumble right alongside Maya herself with the accompanying, 14-inch cloth doll.
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Kara Douglass Thom is a writer with a focus on fitness from a parent's perspective, fitness for children, and the importance of raising a fit family. She is the coauthor of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom (Andrews McMeel 2011), author of the children's book See Mom Run, and Becoming an Ironman: First Encounters with the Ultimate Endurance Event (both published by Breakaway Books). She lives in the Minneapolis area. Pamela Seatter is an experienced art director, designer, and illustrator with a passion for children’s products. She creates engaging and dynamic layouts, designs, and illustrations for books and interactive games, as well as toy, craft, candy, and giftware packaging. She lives in the Chicago area. Jodi Bondi Norgaard is the founder of the award-winning Go! Go! Sports Girls, which promotes self-appreciation and healthy habits for girls. Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls have been awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and have been recognized by Dr. Toy as among the 100 best products and 10 best socially responsible products. She lives in the Chicago area.Review:
"We love that The Go! Go! Sports Girls encourage creative play through sport and now the dolls come to life with books in the new Read & Play sets. Promoting active play and empowering girls is a much needed themes on today's toy shelves." —Stephanie Oppenheim, publisher and co-founder, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio "We love a story with a strong female lead, so the Go! Go! Sports Girls, a line of award-winning books and doll sets, get our endorphins flowing." —Kristin Barnett, anothermotherrunner.com "This type of positive role model is not always easy to come by in the real world, so it’s a breath of fresh air to be able to offer a child a doll and book set that are wholesome." —Jackie Breyer, thetoyinsider.com
"I love the message the Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls and books promote, and glad my active daughter has something like this to identify with and to inspire her.” —Dara Torres, 5-time Olympic swimmer
"The Go! Go! Sports Girl books provide a departure from the diva storyline. . . . and show girls that it is necessary to work hard towards a goal, be it celebrating an athletic achievement, overcoming a personal fear, or seeing past a teammate’s weaknesses to help her find her strengths." —Carrie Goldman, author, Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear
"Growing up, my mom told me I could be anything I wanted to be with hard work and perseverance. I highly recommend these books for kids who want to read about good role models and achieving goals."—Gretchen Carlson, FOX News host, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson
"Being an Olympic runner and now a mommy, it is so important to me to help my children learn early on how to be active and stay healthy." —Carrie Tollefson, 2004 Olympian
"Go! Go! Sports Girl Founder, Jodi Bondi Norgaard, is a female entrepreneur creating true alternatives for girls. The Go! Go! Sports Girl books and dolls empower girls to be active, encourage creative play through sports and promote healthy life skills." —Jennifer Siebel Newsom, writer, director and producer, Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In
"The Go! Go! Sports Girls—dolls designed to emphasize physical achievement and fitness—are now coming alive in books too. The 32-page stories about each doll teach the basics of a sport, along with teamwork and healthy habits for girls ages 5 and up." —Parents magazine
"You gotta love it when the toys you select for your family also empower girls through sports, what a great message!" —Chris Freytag, chrisfreytag.com
“The Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls and books are a true alternative and will encourage and inspire girls in so many ways. Brava!” —Jean Kilbourne, author, filmmaker, Killing Us Softly
"These soft dolls will make great cuddle companions for kids who play the same sports as the dolls. The books are fairly easy reads and contain positive messages about the benefits of exercise and self-esteem. Kids will like reading the fun facts in the books and learning something new about their chosen sport." —Time to Play magazine
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