Love abounds in February
Mancala For Kids
This traditional African counting game is revived with colorful animal-shaped jewels and is sure to attract new fans. The object of the game is to collect as many of the animal gemstones as you can.
Available at Walmart, Barnes & Noble and independent retailers nationwide. For two players; ages 6 and up; SRP: $11.99.
Underground Railroad Escape to Freedom Game
The Underground Railroad Escape to Freedom Game is an involving way to learn how the escaped slaves found their way to freedom. Players answer questions about African and African American history as they navigate their way throughout the United States and learn about safe-houses along the Underground Railroad. Players relive the African American struggle for freedom and remember the courage it took for the slaves to trek their way all over the United States as they move their pieces along the map. The first player to find his or her way to freedom wins.
Available at Walmart, Barnes & Noble and independent retailers nationwide. For two to five players; ages 6 and up; SRP: $17.99.
Care Bears Care A Lot Collection
The Care Bears, cuddly as ever, care about pretty much everything imaginable, including these episodes: The Old Man and the Lighthouse, The Birthday, The Cloudworm, Concrete Rain, The Magic Shop, Drab City, The Forest of Misfortune, and 15 other episodes. These shows shiningly exemplify the sort of compassion the Care Bears aim to teach children everywhere.
SRP: $17.99 at Amazon.com.
Emily the Chickadee: Emily Waits for her Family
Follow this true story of the special bond between a tiny bird and a little girl-from first meeting to leaving, and from new life to old friends. The story is told in a timeless three-part series with an easy-reading rhyme, and is certain to delight and touch your heart. Call 1-800-Book-Log or visit www.atlasbooks.com to place your order. SRP:$14.95.
How to Talk to Girls
Are you smart enough to take over a girl's heart? Leave it to a 9-year-old to get down to the basics about how, in his words, to "win victory" with a girl. The book has wisdom for boys of all ages-from 8 to 80- and the girls they like. Great Valentine's Day gift! $9.99 on Amazon.com.