Archive for September, 2007

More Great Blog Reviews of Noah’s Palgs

September 29, 2007

We continue to receive great feedback from bloggers.

Sona Creidhe Reviews shared her thoughts in an “EduToy Review“:

“Each Noah’s Pal is beautifully sculpted to 1:24 scale and I would recommend them as both a child’s toy and an enthusiast’s collectible. One thing I noticed immediately about the animals was that they were way more detailed and sturdier than any plastic animals we’ve ever bought…”

And HomeMom3 said in “Noah’s Pals – Batteries Not Required“:

“These are handpainted animals that are perfect for collecting. Not only that but these animals will get your children to use their minds instead of pushing buttons, let your child actually get creative. That’s right, no batteries, no buttons, it’s all imagination.”

Thank you to Jo from Sona Creidhe Reviews and Eliza from HomeMom3 for the great reviews!

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Top Posts on The Noah’s Pals Blog

September 25, 2007

Hello and welcome to The Noah’s Pals Blog! We’re getting many new visitors with our recent appearance on QVC. For our first-time readers, we wanted to summarize the best posts to visit…

#5 – Learn if an Ostrich can ski

#4 – Watch three adorable Koala videos

#3 – Listen to the incredible Lyre bird

#2 – Find out what animal has “myotonia congenita”

#1 – Download the free Noah’s Pals Coloring Book

If you’d like to learn more about us, please be sure to check out The Noah’s Pals Interview on Collectors’ Quest.

Thank you for visiting!

Noah’s Pals Makes Debut on QVC®!

September 21, 2007

Great news… We’ve been seeking great ways to introduce our product to the national market and we’ve been selected to be on QVC! Our appearance will be this upcoming Tuesday, September 25th between Midnight and 2AM ET. We hope you’ll watch and buy too! Our press release is below.

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For Immediate Release

Award-Winning Noah’s Pals™ Toy Collection
Makes Debut on QVC®

September 21, 2007 — (New York) — Caboodle! Toys LLC Co-Founder Steve King is scheduled to appear on QVC between 12 and 2 AM (ET), on Tuesday, September 25 to unveil a special line of Noah’s Pals during the Countdown to Christmas broadcast.

Based on the classic Noah’s Ark story, Noah’s Pals are lovingly sculpted and beautifully painted pairs of collectible animal figures that are built to a 1:24 scale. As its debut appearance on QVC, Noah’s Pals will be unveiling 14 pairs of animals, including Camels, Chimpanzees, Cobras, Donkeys, Doves, Elephants, Giraffes, Kangaroos, Lions, Llamas, Nyalas, Ostriches, Tigers, and Zebras.

“We have built a toy collection with a strong attention to detail,” said Caboodle! Toys Co-Founder Janet Rosso. “Noah’s Pals have been meticulously designed to show the beauty of wildlife. Each animal pair comes with a colorful and collectible ID Card with educational information about the species.”

“We’re excited to introduce Noah’s Pals to a national audience,” adds King. “QVC is renowned for supporting entrepreneurs that bring high quality products to market, and we’re delighted to be a new QVC vendor.”

The Noah’s Pals set (QVC Item #T26533) will be available through QVC at 800-345-1515 or http://www.QVC.com.

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About Caboodle! Toys LLC
Caboodle! Toys produces and distributes optimistic and educational series of collectible toys. Noah’s Pals is the premier collection from Caboodle! Toys and launched in February 2007 at the American International Toy Fair. The award-winning toy line has received accolades from iParenting Media, Parents’ Choice® Foundation, and The National Parenting Center.

For more information:
http://www.noahspals.com/t-pressroom.aspx

Another Great Noah’s Pals Review!

September 18, 2007

We just received a great review of Noah’s Pals from Eclectic Homeschool Online. Here’s an excerpt:

Oh how I remember envying my cousins their tiny horses, and how much I enjoyed playing with them when we visited in their home. I have a feeling that, if Noah’s Pals had been around back then, my cousins would have been envying me.

Noah’s Pals animals appeal to the collector in all of us. They are carefully sculpted to 1:24 scale and hand painted; the result, while it is a toy, is more than just a toy. The first thing I noticed, as I placed my small collection on my desk, was scale. This is where I think most homeschooling parents will find delight.

I have Noah, with Derek and Delilah (doves). I suggest buying these first, not only because this collection is based on Noah’s Ark, but so that your children can use Noah for a scale reference, comparing him to the animals they collect.

Thank you Tammy and EHO!

A Golden Jackal in Action

September 16, 2007

Our retailers have found that Jason + Jennifer Jackal (Golden) are popular with parents and children.

The word ‘jackal’ is usually used in a negative sense, but there are interesting tidbits worth knowing about these animals.

Jackals mate for life and keep close-knit families. Together, they jointly will defend their territory and share food. And most importantly, they raise the next generation together! Sometimes children stay with parents even after they’re all grown up to help take care of the next litter.

Jackals are scavengers. While they hunt for food, they are often looking for leftovers. Below is a video of a golden jackal in action:

Another Great Noah’s Pals Word Search!

September 13, 2007

It’s time to introduce another great Noah’s Pals Word Search!

The new Word Search puzzle includes great terms about wildlife conservation like diurnal and nocturnal.

Can you find all of the words?

Click on the link below to launch the PDF:

Noah’s Pals Word Search Puzzle

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And remember, you can also download our first Word Search puzzle that contains all forty animals in the first series of Noah’s Pals:

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Good luck!

Poitou Donkeys: Often stubborn with a long and shaggy coat

September 11, 2007

When we decided to make donkeys a part of our first series of Noah’s Pals, we quickly knew that the beautiful Poitou Donkeys would be the right choice in terms of breed. While Donkeys are ‘common’ across the world, the Poitous are not as well known as their cousins.

Poitous were originally introduce to France by the Romans and they are now raised in the Poitou region of France. Just like they were 2,000 years ago, Poitou Donkeys are loved for their strength and stamina. They are known for their strong and sturdy build, and only the Andalucian donkey is similar in size.

Poitous have long, dark, shaggy coats of hair the can become very tangled without care. They look adorable with big ears that can flare out to the side. We believe that our Daniel + Divinity Donkey do a great job of representing the ancient Poitou breed!

Daniel + Divinity Donkey (Poitou)

Recommended Reading: Will the Albatross Become a Dodo?

September 9, 2007

If you have several minutes, I highly recommend this beautiful article — “The Amazing Albatrosses” — just published in the wonderful Smithsonian magazine.

There are 21 albatross species — and only 2 are not vulnerable or endangered!

This gorgeous photo…
Albatross
… that accompanied the article reminds me of the extinct Dodo birds in our collection:
Dodo

The sub-headline from the article is a great tease to get you to read the whole thing:

They fly 50 miles per hour. Go years without touching land. Predict the weather. Mate for life. And they’re among the world’s most endangered birds. Can albatrosses be saved?

Here’s a bit more about this magnificent bird:

Albatrosses are among the largest seabirds. The “great albatrosses,” the wandering and royal albatrosses, have the widest wingspans—ten feet or more—of any living bird…

Albatrosses are masters of soaring flight, able to glide over vast tracts of ocean without flapping their wings. So fully have they adapted to their oceanic existence that they spend the first six or more years of their long lives (which last upwards of 50 years) without ever touching land. Most live in the Southern Hemisphere, the exceptions being the black-footed albatross of the Hawaiian archipelago and a few nearby islands; the short-tailed albatross, which breeds near Japan; the waved albatross of equatorial Galápagos; and the Laysan albatross of the North Pacific.

Using New Technologies to Save Wildlife

September 6, 2007

I just stumbled upon a wonderful article (“Going hi-tech in the jungles“) that details the using of new technologies to save endangered and vulnerable animals.

Quite simply, animals are going wireless!

The latest hardware and software technologies are being used by wildlife researchers to better understand the behavior of animals. The data can be analyzed to monitor populations and to understand threats. From elephants to leopards, animals can now be tracked through tiny chips that are planted inside their bodies. The chips are as small as a grain of rice!

These “Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT tags)” chips have unique codes that effectively act like wireless ‘bar-codes’ for each animal. In India, some “captive” elephants have the chip. Information stored on the chip provides the name of the owner and the age of the elephant — plus lots of other important data. The tagging reduces the chances of smuggling animals because the thieves are more likely to be caught.

The chips are also used in leopards to understand their movement activities… Recaptured leopards can be moved deeper into forests and away from human populations. Everyone benefits!

Technology has long been a tool for researchers, including the use of radio telemetry that involves transmitters within collars. Antennas and receivers allow researchers to track species like the large cats (tigers, jaguars, and snow leopards). Researchers gained knowledge about territories and survival tactics. Newer collars include GPS capabilities that allow for tracking from hundreds of miles away!

As we’ve noted in a previous post, wildlife researchers are also using imaging technology including remote cameras and infrared sensors to monitor animals in difficult viewing conditions.

We can’t wait to read about and see yet-to-be-invented technologies that will be used to save even more animals!

Giraffe Spots

September 4, 2007

In our prior post we provided fun facts on Dalmatian spots. Another animal in our collection, the Giraffe, has unique spot markings too.

Giraffes have amazingly beautiful patterns on their skin, most often they exhibit brown spots on a yellow background. With several different species of giraffes, the markings help to identify different groups. There are two main groups of giraffes based on spot patterns — reticulated and blotched.

Reticulated giraffes have spots that are large and somewhat similar in shape. Not much of a background is visible and they appear more brown than yellow. Blotched giraffes have irregular spot patterns with different sizes and unique shapes — from smooth round to jagged edges. Our Garth + Grace Giraffe (Southern) have blotched spots:

Garth + Grace Giraffe (Southern)

Male giraffes are generally (but not always) darker than females. Both will get a bit darker with age. Subspecies of giraffe are differentiated by color and pattern variations as well as by geographic range.

Spots are unique from giraffe to giraffe — they are like fingerprints on people!