Give the Gift of Peace for the Holidays

Posted on Friday 23 November 2007

This holiday season, make your gift shopping count. Purchase a copy of the new Barefoot Books title, One City, Two Brothers, and support the ongoing mission of Peace Games, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the escalating trend of violence in this country by empowering children to be peacemakers.

One City, Two Brothers is a beautifully illustrated folktale of love, generosity and peace. This Barefoot Books version of the classic story of the founding of the city of Jerusalem is written by Chris Smith and illustrated by Aurélia Fronty. It tells the story of two brothers who put each others’ needs above their own and will make a lovely holiday gift for children and adults alike. The hardcover book retails for $16.99.

One City, Two Brothers may be purchased online at http:/cmatte.mybarefootbooks.com. Purchases must be made through that site with a reference to event code EV25. Peace Games will receive the proceeds of all copies sold through December 31, 2007. During this time period, Peace Games will also receive a portion of the proceeds of any other purchases from the entire line of Barefoot Books’ award-winning multi-cultural titles and gift items for kids, including gorgeous Folkmanis puppets and lively world music from Putumayo.

As an added bonus, all purchases of $60 or more placed between November 1-30, 2007 will receive free shipping. Use special offer code SCSHSH at checkout. Orders of $60 or more placed between November 28 – Decemeber 15 will receive a free copy of The Prince’s Bedtime.

About Barefoot Books

At Barefoot Books, we celebrate art and story that opens the hearts and minds of children from all walks of life, inspiring them to read deeper, search further, and explore their own creative gifts. Taking our inspiration from many different cultures, we focus on themes that encourage independence of spirit, enthusiasm for learning, and sharing of the world’s diversity. Interactive, playful and beautiful, our products combine the best of the present with the best of the past to educate our children as the caretakers of tomorrow.

About Peace Games

Peace Games is a nonprofit (501(c)(3)) public benefit corporation dedicated to ending the escalated trend of violence in this country by teaching children to become peacemakers in their schools and communities. Peace Games began at Harvard University in 1992 as an annual festival where children gathered to play cooperative games and share their dreams of peace. The organization was formally incorporated in Boston in December 1996 under the direction of Eric D. Dawson, the current President. Peace Games was founded on a simple belief: violence is learned; and if violence can be learned, so can the skills of peacemaking. We now serve children in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

Christy @ 1:30 am
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Another Toy Recall – We’ve Gone Well Beyond Lead

Posted on Wednesday 7 November 2007

Aqua dots were expected to be one of the hottest toys of the holiday season here in the States. The beads are similar to those craft beads that fuse together with heat, except that these fuse with water.

The product has already been recalled from Australia and is expected to be recalled in the US shortly. According to CTV.ca:

"Scientists in Australia say tests have revealed that the beads contain a chemical that the body metabolizes into the "date rape” drug GHB (gamma hydroxy butyrate). The compound can induce unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death. "

Apparently, several children in Australia have already become seriously ill after eating the beads.  Avoid these guys like the plague!

Christy @ 9:44 pm
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