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LEGO game for Nintendo DS

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games are teaming up with The LEGO Group to deliver LEGO Battles for Nintendo DS. This videogame is based on classic play scenarios that include LEGO Castle, LEGO Pirates and LEGO Space. Scheduled to be available this summer, LEGO Battles will offer a new kind of "build and battle" LEGO gameplay.

Through six distinct story lines, players will build their own LEGO bases and battle teams as they engage in over 70 different levels, mixing and matching units to create a customized LEGO squad. These unique LEGO battles teams see pirate swordsmen fighting side-by-side with wizards and aliens; dragons battling ninjas; and pirate ships launching broadsides against spacecraft and knights! Players can also challenge friends on the battlefield in multiplayer mode through wireless DS multi-card play.

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Read-Along books

The software program "Read-Along With Me," mixes classic musical scores, sound effects and voice to create personalized fairytales as read-along audio books. "Read-Along With Me" allows loved ones to record books and save them to CDs or MP3 files for children to play whenever they please.

The "Read-Along With Me" software was created by Giselle Uffens, a mother of three and longtime literacy advocate. Giselle's mother read storybooks to her daughter Katie, who loved this story time with Grandma. Katie would sit on her lap for hours as Grandma told stories of far-away lands. Then one sad day, Grandma passed away. Giselle wished very much that she could have had a way to preserve her mother's voice so that her children could have always been able to experience story time with Grandma.

These days school rarely have time for reading aloud and parents need to find more resources to inspire a love of reading in their children. Once a parent records a "Read-Along With Me," story, their children can hear that story and read along with it as often as they wish. The most influential voice for a child's reading development is one with which the child has an emotional connection. It is the voice of a loved one that will add excitement to story time and inspire a child to become a passionate, lifetime reader. By enjoying a storybook with their parent as narrator, children associate reading with love and fun, providing the perfect educational foundation. For more information, visit

Barbie on Facebook

Celebrating 50 years in 2009, Barbie is still the most popular doll in the world. To celebrate, there will be parties and special events both in the real world and online.

Barbie has rolled out the pink carpet for the re-launch of its popular website. Already one of the top online destinations for girls, has just had an e-makeover. A new area on the site features Barbie's influence in fashion, beauty and pop culture. In addition to showcasing video confessions from celebrities sharing their favorite Barbie stories, allowing fashionistas to get "behind the seams" access to the Barbie Runway Show and providing other inside scoops on events and partnerships around the globe, the new site will also include funny Barbie commercials from past years. There's downloadable content as well and a sweet walk down memory lane with favorite Barbie dolls. Check it out at

And although she's already a "friend" to all, Barbie is to have an official Facebook Page where people can become fans, hear her secrets, post messages and check out all her favorite things.

Site sends toys on subscription

Dr. Suni Petersen, family therapist, researcher and professor of psychology, has launched a new service through As a grandmother of six, Petersen saw the need for a retail site that not only offered single toys but monthly subscriptions to give busy aunts, uncles, grandparents, parents and family friends an opportunity to maintain close communication while building bonds with children who live far away.

The new site provides them the opportunity to purchase specially selected, age and culturally appropriate toys that enhance child development. The site also offers information about how toys can enhance development based on solid psychological principles, and how family members can build strong bonds with far-away children. Special Toy-A-Month subscriptions ensure that the child receives a toy at the same time each month along with a personalized greeting and photograph of the giver.

The toys selected are described in detail with special emphasis on how they enhance childhood development and benefit the child. The site also contains helpful hints and a free, comprehensive overview to child development. One such hint is how to engage an active, easily bored two year old during your phone calls.

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Feb 12, 2009
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