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Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Feb. 7, 2013

2013-02-11T00:00:00Z 2013-02-11T10:29:04Z Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Feb. 7, 2013By Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Here's our monthly showcase of the latest and greatest new selections in media for youth.

From books and games to educational toys and DVDs, there's never a dull moment for active and eager young minds. And this month, February is filled with history and fun for an array of learning opportunities.

Books

Kohl's, $5, Ages 3 and older

"Dr. Seuss Books and Toys Collection" by Kohl's Cares for Kids

While supplies last, Kohl's department stores is offering nostalgic children's stories and gifts with delightful and affordable books and plush toys that will be treasured by families for years to come. These exclusive hardcover editions of classic stories by Dr. Seuss include favorites like "Horton Hears a Who" and "The Cat in the Hat., along with coordinating plush toys for just $5 each through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program. Since the program's inception in 2000, it has raised more than $208 million for children’s health and education programs in local communities across the country.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $9.99, Ages Up to 3

"Jasper & Joop" by Olivier Dunrea

Jasper and Joop are very different feathered pair in their gaggle of goslings. But as this 32-page tiny hardcover explains, even being different doesn't mean you can't be the best of friends. While one is neat and the other is messy, by communicating, the duo finds they still have much in common. Simply told and elegantly illustrated, it's great for learning early words and available at gossieandfriends.com.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, Ages 4 to 8

"RAIN!" by Linda Ashman

A great "rainy day read" for this time of year, the story of a grumpy old man and a young boy is shared within the pages of this 32-page hardcover illustrated by Christian Robinson. Not happy by the rainy weather, it takes a new lesson in feeling young to erase some very old ideas. With lessons of the importance of having a good influence on others and setting examples, this book explains while it's never good to let a bad mood linger too long. It's available in stories or at hmhkids.com.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, Ages 4 to 8

"Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?" by Eve Bunting

Spring is just around the corner, so it's time to start thinking about raindrops. The little duck in this tale finds out why it's key to keep a house neat and tidy to find all of the most important things needed every day. With beautiful illustrations on all 32 pages by Sergio Ruzzier, the pen and ink and watercolor paintings help the story flow right along. It's available in stores or at hmhkids.com.

Scholastic StorybookTreasures, $14.95, Ages 5 and older

"Stone Soup and Other Stories From The Asian Tradition" by Jon J. Muth

Just in time to celebrate Chinese New Year this weekend, and learn about some of Asian culture's best loved tales, Scholastic Storybook Treasures released this 43-minute favorite find as a DVD with three other classic tales, as well as a "Read-Along" function which highlights the words as they are spoken, allowing young viewers to follow along with the narrators. In addition to "Stone Soup," the other stories shared are "The Five Chinese Brothers," "Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China" and "Stonecutter," all narrated by celebrity voice by B.D. Wong of "Law and Order: SVU." It's available in stores or scholastic.com.

Scholastic StorybookTreasures, $24.95, Ages 5 and older

"Stories About African American Heritage Featuring March On!" by Dr. Christine King Farris

Commemorate Black History Month and learn about African American traditions with a specially-packaged three-disc set from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. Featuring 13 award-winning animated adaptations across three hours from some of the most talented authors and illustrators working today. In "March On: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World," Martin Luther King Jr.'s sister travels back to 1963 to share the events of the day, along with illustrations by London Ladd. The other stories are narrated by celebrities such as the late Michael Clarke Duncan, James Earl Jones, Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad and Samuel L. Jackson. It's available in stores or scholastic.com.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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