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Original Gertie Ball Wins Nod from Dr. Toy

CULVER CITY, CA (April 2002) - SMALL WORLD TOYS® is proud is announce that the ORIGINAL GERTIE® BALL has been selected as a winner of Dr. Toy's "Best Classic Toys for 2002."

Throughout time certain toys become known as "classics" because they retain their play value from one generation to the next. The ORIGINAL GERTIE® BALL is one of those toys that have become a lasting favorite for children of all ages.

Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., AKA "Dr. Toy" has just released "Best Classic Toys for 2002". She carefully surveyed the entire toy industry for classic toys that have been available in the toy marketplace for at least the last 10 years. The ORIGINAL GERTIE® BALL was selected as a winner.

The ORIGINAL GERTIE® BALL is the most touchable, huggable, squeezable, catchable, grabbable, portable ball in the world! It is an excellent first ball for young children because of its soft and lightweight texture. Easy to grasp, children can gain confidence when learning to catch and throw. The ORIGINAL GERTIE® BALL helps promote and develop physical athletic ability, manual dexterity, and hand-eye coordination. It is great fun for both indoor and outdoor play. Includes a removable straw for inflation and deflation making it easy for storage and travel.

The ORIGINAL GERTIE® BALL is the first in a series of many exciting styles of GERTIE® BALLS that are available exclusively through SMALL WORLD TOYS®. Each ORIGINAL GERTIE® BALL comes with a numbered certificate of ownership. The 9" inflatable ball retails for $4.00.

The ORIGINAL GERTIE® BALL has been a best seller for SMALL WORLD TOYS®r over 10 years, and is a name recognized with specialty retailers nationwide. For more information on all SMALL WORLD TOYS® products go to www.smallworldtoys.com.

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