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Grow it, Eat it—With DuneCraft

DuneCraft is releasing new offerings to two of its edible lines, Sprout n’ Grow Greenhouses and Organic Veggies.  One of the company’s latest additions to the Sprout ‘n Grow line is Coffee.  When matured, each plant can produce up to one pound of coffee.  The new Mini Cantaloupes are four-inch fruits that have thin rinds to make a healthy one-person snack. Other additions include Hot Peppers.

All the seeds used in the Organic Veggies line are organic and have not been genetically modified. Some of the new additions include Finger Eggplant, Sweet Peppers, Sunflowers, and Watermelon.

Growing what you eat is catching on. According to the 2009 Edibles Gardening Trends Research Report, conducted by the Garden Writer’s Association Foundation, more than 41 million U.S. households planted a vegetable garden, 19.5 million households grew an herb garden, and 16.5 million households grew fruits in 2009.

This post was originally written by Jazmin Idakaar and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Kidz Bop Ultimate Hits Releases Next Month

Kidz Bop, the No. 1 music brand for kids ages 5-12 in the U.S., is releasing its latest album, Kidz Bop Ultimate Hits, on May 8. Featuring songs such as Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” Kidz Bop Ultimate Hits offers 13 popular songs in one place.

Kidz Bop is a best-selling brand with more than 12 million CDs sold, to date. Billboard named the Kidz Bop Kids the No. 1 Kids’ Artist of 2011. For more information, visit www.kidzbopshop.com.

This post was originally written by Jazmin Idakaar and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Minika Goes Off to the Woods

Studio 100 Media GmbH, a subsidiary of family entertainment group Studio 100, has sealed a licensing deal with Turkey’s leading kids’ network, Minika.  The newly launched Turkish children’s network has acquired the animation series Woodlies (26 x 24 mins). Created by children’s author Cornelia Funke, renowned for her worldwide bestsellers, including Thief Lord, Inkheart, and Dragon Rider, Woodlies combines adventures with ecological and environmental issues.

The agreement gives Minika free television and VOD rights for the animated series over a five-year period.  Targeted at 6- to 11-year-olds, Woodlies is produced by Woodlies Pty, Ltd. in association with Telegael Teoranta, Channel 7 (Australia), and ZDF (Germany).  The hybrid series that combines 3-D and 2-D animation is directed by Alex Stadermann, Brad Greenwood, and Alex White.

This post was originally written by Jazmin Idakaar and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Paradise Galleries Introduces Princess Catherine Fashion Collection

Paradise Galleries announced yesterday that they are introducing new items in the Princess Catherine The “Royal Wedding” Doll’s wardrobe, including her wedding reception gown and outfits worn during her North American tour with Prince William in July 2011.

The first dress in the collection is the Princess Catherine “Stunning Reception Gown,” a replica of the dress Kate wore during the post-wedding dinner dance at Buckingham Palace. The two additional dresses that complete this collection are from Prince William and Princess Catherine’s first North American tour as a Royal couple.

The Princess Catherine “Canada Day Ceremony Ensemble” includes a custom-made red maple-leaf hat worn in celebration of Canada Day. This ensemble was worn for Kate’s engagement photo and then again for the North American tour by adding Queen Elizabeth’s Maple Leaf Broach.

The Princess Catherine “North American Tour Blue Lace Dress” is the third dress in the Royal collection. Paradise Galleries has recreated the dress, blue lace lined with white sateen, for the Princess Catherine doll.

In addition to the three new Princess Catherine fashion outfits, the Princess Catherine The “Royal Wedding” Doll, and a Replica Engagement Ring, Paradise Galleries is the first U.S. Company to actually make a William doll, a companion piece that completes the Royal Collection. The full line is available for sale on the Paradise Galleries website: www.paradisegalleries.com.