063596_tMocky caught the eye of Dad and his little girl who looked right at him and scooped him up!  Mocky’s dark eyes and cute face invite conversation as well as a good hug with his incredibly soft body. Steiff’s signature quality is assured with this adorable hippo. Preschoolers bring their stuffed animals  to life as they become part of grand pretend play schemes. This summer I was invited to buy a ticket for a lemonade and opportunity to view the neighbor kids’ “zoo” which included signs, various animal treats and a large collection of plush animals in their “habitats.” As kids create their own stories, they build skills that prepare them to be successful writers later in school.

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