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 MILWAUKEE, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Many BRIO toys were recognized among the best toys this year in four different competitions sponsored by parenting publications.
 The BRIO Wooden Railway starter set was among the first five toys inducted into "Parenting" magazine's Toy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, introduced this year in the magazine's November issue, recognizes classic toys that are "safe, durable and designed to encourage confidence, curiosity, and creativity," said Christine Olson, senior associate editor.
 The judging was done by 50 experts in child development and play. The BRIO Railway was chosen in the category for ages 3 and 4.
 In the 1993 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA), sponsored by 19 regional magazines from throughout the country, three BRIO toys won recognition, according to Beth Riddlebarger of "L.A. Parent Magazine," who coordinated the competition.
 -- The BRIO Loom earned a Gold Medal in the category for children ages 7 - 10.
 -- BRIO Outdoor Garden Tools earned a Silver Medal in the category for children ages 5 - 7.
 -- The BRIO Wooden Railway won a Silver Medal in the category for children ages 3 - 4.
 -- The toys were judged by a panel of editors, parents and children. NAPPA also presented awards for books, software, videos and music. The awards are featured in the December issues of the 19 publications.
 In the Second Annual T.O.Y. (Toy of the Year) Awards, sponsored by "FamilyFun," a monthly national parenting magazine, two BRIO toys won recognition.
 -- The red Hippo, a pull-toy introduced this year, was named a T.O.Y. Runner-Up in the Vehicles category for ages 9-36 months.
 -- The BRIO MEC construction toy was honored as a T.O.Y. Runner-Up in the Building Sets category for ages 8-10 years.
 The T.O.Y. Awards are judged by kids. The final selections were made by children at seven Kinder-Care centers around the country after playing with the toys for two weeks, according to Bob Domine, toy test coordinator. The winners appear in the November issue of "FamilyFun."
 BRIO's Hippo also was among the "Best Toys of 1993" in a toy test conducted by "Parents" magazine. The magazine selected toys for the test based on experts' advice; the winners were chosen by children and their parents after two days of intensive play, according to Maija Johnson, associate editor of "Parents." The toy test winners are featured in the magazine's November issue.
 BRIO Corporation, based in Milwaukee, is the U.S. subsidiary of BRIO AB of Sweden, the world's largest manufacturer of wooden toys. BRIO toys are available in specialty toy stores.
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