“Pookie and Tushka find a little piano” has received a "BEST NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD" at the 2005 Parent to Parent Awards.
“Pookie and Tushka find a little piano” has received an "OUTSTANDING PRODUCT AWARD" at the 2005 iParenting Media Awards.
“Pookie and Tushka find a little piano” has received a "SEAL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD" (Storybook with Characters category) at the 2005 Top Creative Toy Awards.
“Pookie and Tushka find a little piano” has received an "ADDING WISDOM AWARD" at the 2005 Parent to Parent Awards.
“Pookie and Tushka find a little piano” has received a Finalist Award for "BEST FIRST CHILDREN'S BOOK" at the 2004 PMA Benjamin Franklin Awards.
“Pookie and Tushka find a little piano” has received an Honorable Mention for "BOOK OF THE YEAR" at the 2003 DIY Book Festival.
“Pookie and Tushka find a little piano” has been selected as "BOOK OF THE MONTH" for October 2003 at BookReview.com.
“Rating: EXCELLENT! … Jorge is on the cutting edge of children’s entertainment and his work is bound to win several awards in the coming years.” (read full review)
“5 STARS … This attractive hardback book offers many advantages to children … Children will not only enjoy an enchanting story, but also learn …” (read full review)
“… sweet, child-like and innocent This book is a definite winner.” (read full review)
Midwest Book Review
“5 STARS … highly recommended picture book story … [a] touching and thoroughly entertaining tale of friendship.” (read full review)
“4 1/2 STARS … I can state from personal experience that the book and the CD attract children and keep them occupied for hours.” (read full review)
The Advocate, Louisiana
“…heartwarming story … bright watercolor and pencil drawings … educational bonus. What more can you ask for?” (read full review)
“EDITOR'S PICK - Just like the Teletubbies, Jorge's Pookie and the Blobbies create an abstract reality for children to get lost in. His electronic compositions have a sense of fun and yet are interesting enough for parents”
""Pookie and Tushka®" is a series of educational and entertaining children's picture books with interactive CD-ROM/Audio CD. These two characters are amazingly best friends and we found the kids taking on their identities as they interacted with the books, stories, games, educational activities and fun songs...they did not want to stop playing! Need I say anything else?"
Jodie Lynn, syndicated parenting/health expert, Parent to Parent, CEO/founder of www.AddingWisdomAward.com, and author of family/health book, Mommy-CEO.
"The positive characteristics of the book were that the book carried the message of helping others and striving to help others be happy and succeeding. The CD Rom is an added bonus.
The most positive characteristic of the book is the message itself, that great things can be accomplished when we work together with our friends. I also appreciated the way in which the author handled monsters - acknowledging Tushka's fear, and then handling it in a practical, yet kind manner.
Finally, my four-year old really enjoyed learning the facts about penguins, polar bears, and Icelands, which are included at the end. I loved the illustrations. They were so beautiful, even if they were of a desolate place. Pookie and Tushka have great names and are very cute. I love that facts are included on the Arctic and the children can see what types of animals live there. The message was wonderful as well. I liked that the music did not have a "kiddie theme" to it. I also loved how when the characters spoke the color and the print changed. Genius."
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""Pookie and Tushka® find a little piano" introduces the reader to the penguin and polar bear pair and their warm lessons about friendship. This 40-page full-color hardcover picture book is beautifully illustrated with watercolor backgrounds and pencil drawings. The included interactive CD-ROM contains educational activities, games, and songs. The companion plush toy line includes a 16" penguin and a 16" polar bear. This series supports children's understanding of the polar regions and their inhabitants while interacting with the characters."
Dr. Toy (aka Stevanne Auerbach) Director of the Institute for Childhood Resources, San Francisco, and produces the annual holiday guide, "100 Best Children 's Products." She is an expert in child development, author of "Dr. Toy 's Smart Play/Smart Toys" and "Toys for a Lifetime", a frequent writer of articles, consultant, and speaker about toys, children's products, play and parenting.
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