by Ann Douglas
You won't catch Stevanne Auerbach lining up to buy this season's latest and supposedly greatest new toys. She'd rather invest in "classic toys" that have earned a place in the hearts and toy boxes of children.
According to Auerbach -- an author and syndicated columnist who is better known as "Dr. Toy" -- classic toys are toys that have been proven over time to be safe, consistently popular, well-designed, and practical, and that offer good value for the money . "These toys are enduring, 'child-powered,' and fun," she stresses. "They have entertained and enriched the lives of children and adults for years."
Auerbach's most recent book -- published in conjunction with U.S. department store giant FAO Schwarz -- is entitled Toys For A Lifetime: Enhancing Childhood Through Play (New York: Universe Publishing, $38.75). In her book, Auerbach highlights some of the best "classic toys" for children of various ages. Here are just a few of her picks:
Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting including the bestselling "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books." She regularly contributes to a number of print and online publications, is frequently quoted in the media on a range of parenting-related topics, and has appeared as a guest on a number of television and radio shows. Ann and her husband Neil live in Peterborough, Ontario. with the youngest of their four children. Learn more at her site, having-a-baby.com.
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