We love books in this house and we are equally big fans of cuddly toys, so when Hallmark asked me, if Amy would like to review Abigail, the latest edition to their Story Buddy range, she jumped at the chance. Okay, maybe it was me who jumped, but that’s only because I know how much Amy adored Watson and Jingle, a cheeky little raccoon and a brave little husky who are already part of Amy’s ever growing Story Buddy collection.
Abigail is a little bunny that comes just in time for Easter. She is a real girl’s girl and has got the cutest floppy ears. Amy was instantly head over heels in love with her, although it might not look like it when she drags Abigail around the living room with her. Abigail wears an adorable pink leotard and tutu and comes with her own story book ‘Abigail and the Balance Beam’ which accompanies Abigail to a very important gymnastics tournament and teaches her that being herself is the absolute best she can be. The story line is obviously still a little too challenging for Amy, who is only 11 months old, but she loves hearing the story unfold, especially when Abigail springs to life and joins the story as the book is read out aloud.
What I really like about Hallmark’s Story Buddy range is that it is constantly growing. There are new Story Buddies added all the time and every character comes with a range of different books so that you aren’t stuck with the same story over and over again.
For Abigail you can also get ‘Abigail and the Tea Party’; a tale of a special tea party hosted by Abigail’s mummy and ‘Abigail and the Lost Purse’ which follows the discovery of some dress up clothes that later turns into a fun girlie game. The books are only £5.99 each, so really affordable, if you are looking to get your child a little treat. Priced at £19.99 Abigail is available from April 2012 in Hallmark stores and at www.Hallmark.co.uk.
P.S.: For even more story time fun with Abigail, you can download an app suitable for use on iPhones and iPads, that includes a short animated story that can be played aloud through the app’s internal narrator or recorded by a loved one to add a personal touch to the tale. The app also includes child-friendly puzzles and an interactive game that lets your child play dress-up with Abigail.
Disclosure: We were sent Abigail for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own and have not been influenced by Hallmark.