“The Greatest Gift” Book and Sing-along Songs Is The Perfect Solution For Excessive Childhood Consumerism And Materialism

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Award-Winning Author/Songwriter, Rainey, Shows Children How To Give From The Heart This Holiday Season with "The Greatest Gift" book.

(PRWEB) November 3, 2004 – Alexandria, VA – This past year, children ages 4 to 12 spent an estimated $35.6 billion of their own money on items for themselves, more than four times what they did 10 years ago. And, if you add to that what their parents are spending to buy things for them, the total amount of money spent on toys for children each year tops out at more than $280 billion!

Just in time for this holiday season, “The Greatest Gift” (DreamDog Press, $9.50) is the perfect solution to the growing trend of “I want…” and “Give me…” in our materialistic society by focusing children on what they can give, instead of what they want to receive.

From Rainey’s award-winning series, The Adventures of CiCi & Ace, “The Greatest Gift” shows through words, pictures and songs that the most sincere gifts of all come from the heart. At a time of year when children are usually making lists of what they want for the holidays, this book offers an alternative – have children make lists of all the people in their lives that they are thankful for, everyone who makes their lives a little happier. Then, just like CiCi & Ace, children everywhere can discover how good it feels to give to others, making others feel loved and appreciated by giving handmade cards.

From this story, children learn how important it is and how good it feels to thank the people who make their lives so special.

Catherine Applefeld Olson, a longtime reviewer of children's media, commented, "I read ‘The Greatest Gift’ to my daughters at bedtime. Afterward they asked if they could have a few minutes to color in bed. When I checked on them 10 minutes later, each had made the most special note and drawing for me. This immediate reaction inspired straight from the story was beautiful and touching..."

Rainey’s heart-warming story is brought to life through rhythm and rhyme, vivid colorful illustrations by Karin Huggens and includes a free music CD with irresistible sing along songs. “The Greatest Gift” also provides an interactive family art activity page and a parents’ guide to teaching children to embrace the spirit of giving year round. In addition, there is more free fun on the Web with online learning games, music, coloring and an animated storybook, Snowflake Dreams, available for children and parents.

CiCi & Ace guide children in discovery and learning as they explore their world. The book-music CD-Web is a multi-sensory, educationally-based approach to create a positive learning experience for today’s children. And, the first two books, “Ferris Wheel Fun! A Magic Ride” and “School is Cool!” have already made a big hit both winning iParenting awards.

"The Greatest Gift" is available exclusively at The Children's Place retail store. Visit http://www.childrensplace.com to order.

About Rainey: “Rainey” (aka Lorraine Friedman, JD) is an author, children’s rights attorney, award- winning songwriter/producer, and storyteller who empowers children to overcome personal and social problems through self–esteem building, imagination and love. As a popular TV and radio guest and speaker, she inspires parents and children to grow together. Drawing on her experience as an advocate for homeless and disabled children and their parents, Rainey created Jazz the DreamDog® and the DreamDog Kids to help children discover the superhero inside and believe that the real magic to solve problems lies within oneself. Rainey recently created The Adventures of CiCi & Ace, a unique multi-sensory product combining a storybook, music CD and Web games and animated storybooks that are distributed exclusively by The Children’s Place (http://www.childrensplace.com) in more than 700 stores in the United States and Canada. Reach Rainey at [email protected] or 703.622.0965.

About DreamDog: DreamDog is an innovative family entertainment and educational company that creates custom characters and packaging for national retailers. Products include picture books, award-winning music CDs, Web fun & games and video/DVD: animation & live action. DreamDog has produced The Adventures of CiCi & Ace exclusively for The Children’s Place and publishes Jazz the DreamDog TM picture books, print Braille books, music CDs/cassettes, videos and activity books and interactive Web community - http://www.DreamDog.com. The DreamDog Foundation (http://www.DreamDog.org) is the non-profit philanthropic partner of DreamDog that establishes partnerships with organizations that support disadvantaged children.

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