Sara Hickman’s “Big Bird, Little Bird” Wins Best Vacation Product for Children

Dr. Toy’s Best Children’s Vacation Products Winners 2010 Award Report Now Available on the Internet
Assists Children to Play and Learn at Home and away on Vacation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The report of winning toys for Dr. Toy’s Best Children’s Vacation Products for summer 2010 is now available to parents, teachers and others on Dr. Toy’s Guide at The information is designed to assist children to play and learn at home and while on vacation.

Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Products Awards were developed by noted child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Toy), as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally-oriented, and stimulating toys and play products for children for vacation time at home or on the road.

“As a childhood specialist for 40 years,” says Dr. Toy, “I have seen the continuous, essential need for more year-round resources for consumers to identify and choose the most appropriate products for all children.”

She adds, “The Best Vacation Products a balanced selection from large and small, new and established, companies across the U.S.A., Canada, and overseas will provide children with exciting new learning tools that will help them not only do better in school, but also will provide more constructive activities while traveling or at vacation destinations.”

Dr. Toy’s Best Children’s Vacation Products are carefully chosen, using extensive criteria she has developed over many years, from among hundreds she has reviewed at toy fairs, in catalogs, and through many other sources. The criteria she uses includes: safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, lasting play value, cultural and ethnic diversity, good transition from home to school, educational value, learning skills, creativity, improvement in the understanding of the community and the world, good value for price, and, naturally, fun.

The new DVD “Big Bird, Little Bird” by singer/songwriter/children’s advocate Sara Hickman garnered this prestigious honor only days after its release.

Based upon Sara’s award-winning CD Newborn, “Big Bird, Little Bird” features 13 soothing songs for children ages newborn to five. The DVD is brought to life through bright, colorful computer animation (one by Sara herself) that engages young viewers and creates a calming bonding experience between parent and child that can be shared and enjoyed again and again.

The songs included on the DVD are “It’s Alright (acapella), “A Slice of Heaven,” “Goop’s In It,” “Big Bird, Little Bird,” “Lily,” “This Heart,” “You Are My Sunshine,” “The Family Tree (You and Me),” “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” “We Are Each Other’s Angels” and “It’s Alright.”

The DVD also includes 14 short parenting tips – hosted by Hickman, a certified parenting instructor – offering ideas on what to expect as they enter the glorious challenge that is their newborn’s life. Tips include “Nursing,” “First Hello,” “Introduce Your Baby,” “Being Polite,” “Being on the Same Level,” “No-No to Pacifiers,” “G.E.M.s,” “Feeling Frustrated,” “Early to Bed, Early to Rise,” Consistency is Key,” “It’s a Whole Other World,” “Going to the Store,” “Family Ritual” and “Rap Up.”

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