New Picture Book/CD "The Greatest Gift," from the Adventures of CiCi & Ace Series, Wins iparenting Media Award -- Two Other Books/CDs in the Series Previous Winners

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"The Greatest Gift" Picture Book/CD Offers Solution to the "I Want..." This Holiday Season and Teaches Young Ones to Give From the Heart

The third title in The Adventures of CiCi & Ace empowering multi-sensory children’s picture book and CD series, “The Greatest Gift” was awarded an iParenting Media Award, it was announced today by Rainey, author and songwriter for the series. “The Greatest Gift” makes it three for three in winning the iParenting Media Award as two other titles in the series. “ Ferris Wheel Fun!” and “School is Cool” (DreamDog Press $9.50 each) also won the award.

“The Greatest Gift” was recognized for excellence and outstanding work by the iParenting organization that awards the very best in children’s entertainment and educational products. The series is available exclusively at The Children’s Place, one the nation’s leading children’s retailers with more than 700 stores throughout the United States and Canada.

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.

Through words, pictures and songs “The Greatest Gift” shows 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.

Each CiCi & Ace picture book includes a free CD filled with dramatic stortytelling, interaction between the characters and delightful songs relating to the theme in each book. Also relating to the themes are special parenting sections in each book filled with tips and suggestions as to how parents can continue to build on the gentle messages put forth in the books. Rainey also includes a page of interactive art activities that families and friends can do together.

Through song, creativity, vivid illustrations and simple, powerful stories, The Adventures of CiCi & Ace contribute to a child’s overall sense of self. These gentle life lessons will provide learning, fun activities and establish a dialogue between parent and child, thus contributing to the all-important early years of parent-child bonding.

For more information please contact DreamDog Press at 703-535-1545.

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 distributed exclusively by The Children’s Place (http://www.childrensplace.com) in more than 700 stores in the United States and Canada. Contact Rainey at 703.622.0965 or visit [email protected]

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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