It makes sense for the King of Greetings to move into the kids story time arena and Hallmark, the greeting card company, have done exactly that by launching a range of very cute and interactive Story Buddies.
Each cuddly Story Buddy comes with its own story book and uses a clever playback technology that triggers the Buddy to speak and join in when specific passages are read aloud. Its a fantastic idea, allowing your child to bond with you and the Story Buddy as well as providing an engaging and educational experience, using technology to further enrich this traditional activity.
There are three cheeky Story Buddies in the current range, including the inquisitive Raccoon Watson, Cooper the Playful Bear and a Christmas Limited Edition favourite, Jingle the Husky. Each one with its own personality.
Hallmark kindly let me try out Raccoon Watson with my little monster. She sometimes takes time to warm up to cuddly toys – especially if they talk back to her, so I was a bit worried at first how she would react. But by the end, she was fascinated with Raccoon Watson, who’s great detective qualities were no doubt in honour of his namesake from the Sherlock Holmes novels. In fact, once he said goodbye, LM was quite disturbed that he “wasn’t talking to me anymore”.
My only (tiny) niggle about these Story Buddies is that they do have a squeaky American accent. However, with Disney being a firm favourite in this house, it didn’t bother LM and thats all that matters, right?
Like any good product, Hallmark have expanded the exclusive cuddly characters to create their own little Story Buddy universe, releasing additional books for Cooper and Watson for kids to collect. Hallmark have also developed a free ipad/iphone app to accompany the range. The app includes puzzles, games and a short story
At only £19.99 I think the Story Buddies have entered the market at a really competitive and affordable price. They’re lovely quality and extremely soft and cuddly despite the technology sitting inside them, (which I find often ruins the appeal of ‘talking toys’). The additional story books are £5.99 each.
Overall, I think they’d make a lovely gift this Christmas and you can buy them directly from www.Hallmark.co.uk . Hallmark can also be found on Facebook here and you can follow them on twitter – something i’d highly recommend you doing, they’re great fun.
If you can’t wait until Christmas though, Hallmark have generously given me 3 gorgeous Jingle the Huskys to giveaway
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