By Russ Berrie

Reviewed for Preschool, 2009

Softies Simply Natural Puppets

When it comes to comfort, stuffed animals are at the top of most kids' wish lists. But with tons of teddies to choose from, it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Luckily, this line of softies stands above the rest. Eco-friendly animals on the outside, playful puppets on the inside, they're made from 100 percent natural cotton and colored using vegetable dyes. Even the tag is made from 100 percent recycled paper. Although parents will care that these softies are safe and eco-friendly, kids will love them for their cute looks and cuddly ultra-soft fabric. Choose from lion, elephant, pig, cow, hippo, and monkey. (Russ Berrie, $17.99)