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Giveaway: Shen the Panda or Zylie the Bear (aka your child’s new best friend)

Thanks so much to everyone who took a moment to weigh in on yesterday’s poll (which will stay open for a week).  It was immensely helpful!  Several of you expressed interest in gift ideas for kids – especially things you might not find at your local Toys-R-Us.
Everyone, meet Shen the panda.  Not just your run-of-the-mill teddy bear, this guy is a brand new mixed breed: part stuffed animal and part dress-up doll.  Created by a mom whose kids were becoming frustrated in their attempts to find suitable dress-up clothes for their teddy bears, Shen and his friend Zylie are an award winning duo and MPMK’s newest sponsors. 
 
The nice folks behind The Adventures of Zylie the Bear recently sent Shen for C’s birthday and we got to see first hand why these bears are earning so many accolades.  Before we get to what the kids thought, let me give you the bullet points on what I appreciate about this little guy:
  1. He’s a doll a boy can get behind – Once we added a girl to our family the presence of baby dolls in the house inevitably followed.  C has been simultaneously interested and a bit confused by this.  I think Shen is just the “boy doll” for him.  Which is awesome because playing with dolls comes with all kinds of benefits, including the development of traits like empathy and responsibility, and they’re great for role playing too.
  2. He’s a man of the world – The first step in raising global citizens is making your kids aware of their world and all the places in it.  Along with his stylin’ backpack and drum sticks, Shen comes with his own passport as well as a 55 page book all about his adventure in his homeland of China.
  3. He encourages reading – That book I mentioned is one in a series that follows Shen’s pal Zylie on her global travels.  Although a little old for C, I can really appreciate the thought that went into these books.  The one we got has eight chapters, a glossary, some lovely illustrations and even some bonus pages at the end for the kids to write and draw in.
But enough about what I thought, the important thing here is that the kids dug Shen too.  He seemed to be equally appealing to both 15 month old S and 3 year old C.  
When I pictured what the toy makers meant by a stuff animal/dress-up doll, I was thinking of something soft on the outside but stiff and rigid on the inside.  I was surprised to find that Shen’s hands, feet, and lower torso were filled with a bean bag material and the rest of him was basically a stuffed animal.  This made him very flexible but also soft and cuddly through and through.  That, along with his larger size, made him easy for S to manipulate.
C was all about Shen’s cool outfit – complete with cargo pants and leather jacket. (By the way, there are also other ensembles available including pajamas, a martial arts outfit, and a very sleek “rocking in the rain” get up).  The clothes are easy to remove due to Velcro openings on the back.  I thought having the pants come apart in the back instead of the front might be confusing to C but he didn’t seem to notice.

I think he was just happy to finally have a doll to play with that didn’t have long eye lashes or a dress.
So now for the fun part – We’re giving away your choice of Shen the Panda or Zylie the Bear (a $49.99 value) to one lucky MPMK reader.  To enter, simply leave a comment below ALONG WITH AN EMAIL ADDRESS.  For bonus entries, become a fan of The Adventures of Zylie the Bear’s facebook page and/or MPMK’s facebook page and let me know with a comment below.  YOU MUST LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH OF THE 3 POSSIBLE ENTRY METHODS.  This contest is open to U.S. residents only and will end at midnight EST on Thursday October 27th, 2011.  Good luck!
 

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mirabelle October 20, 2011 at 4:22 am

what a nice, well-dressed panda! :)

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Lisa Townsend October 20, 2011 at 6:13 am

My 2.5 year old son would adore taking care of the panda! He’s so loving!! Thank you, Lisa – LHeuneman at hotmaildotcom

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Ryan October 20, 2011 at 10:35 am

Adorable! My son would love this panda.

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KMS October 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

Never thought about a stuffed animal with clothes! Love it! (ytsirkdraw (@) yahoo.com)

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Stefan, Sarah and Lukka October 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm
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allison October 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Great idea! My 2yo boy would love it to death.
reid[dot]allisonl[at]gmail[dot]com

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SMJ October 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm

What a great product! Thanks for introducing me to another one. sarjansen [at] gmail

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Allison October 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm

My girls would love to have a panda to take care of.

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Lyndsey October 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm
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Lizzy October 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm
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blueberrychicken October 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

My daughter is really in to Pandas, she would love this. We are big fans of the Maisy series and Maisy has a panda that she totes around. I have been thinking of getting her a panda of her own, so this would be perfect…….
I am at blueberrychicken at hotmail dot com.

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blueberrychicken October 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I liked The Adventures of Zylie the Bear of facebook….

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blueberrychicken October 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I also liked MPMK on facebook. Funny, I thought I was already a facebook fan! Oh well, now I am. Thanks.

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Shan-shannon October 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm
Christina October 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

My three year old would love Shen!
cdmapes at gmail dot com

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Christina October 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I liked Zylie’s facebook page!

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Christina October 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I liked MPMK’s facebook page!

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fabulousmrsg October 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

How adorable! My son would love him!!

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Maria Makes Muffins October 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Super cute bear! My son is just now starting to become interested in stuffed animals and would love this guy!

Maria (at) mariamakesmuffins (dot) com

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Maria Makes Muffins October 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I am a fan of MPMK

Maria (at) mariamakesmuffins (dot) com

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Maria Makes Muffins October 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I liked Zylie bear’s page

Maria (at) mariamakesmuffins (dot) com

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Anonymous October 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Adorable. My son would love this!

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Natasha October 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm

My son is a bit older, but I bet he’d get into it too.

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dheape October 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm

So cute! My baby girl will love dressing up a little bear!

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petite October 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm

very cute. jazzykeller[at]yahoo.com

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Shereen October 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm

So cute! My son would love it!
shereencook @ gmail.com

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Mammamayor October 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm
thenestingspot October 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Both of my kids would love this. It is a nice alternative for a boy like you said. Very cool!
jocelynnaquin at yahoo dot com

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Katie October 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Adorable! Love the idea of a boy-friendly doll!
belle309kt AT yahoo DOT com

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jennifer e October 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm

my daughter would love the panda.

bettafly21 at hotmail dot com

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jennifer e October 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

i liked zylie’s FB page

bettafly21 at hotmail dot com

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jennifer e October 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm

i like MPMKs FB page.

bettafly21 at hotmail dot com

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Jes October 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm
Jes October 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm
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val October 20, 2011 at 11:14 pm

i liked MPMK’s FB page

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val October 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm

i liked Zylie’s FB page…

vjm at prince dot org

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val October 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

my son and daughter will have to fight over the panda. :)

vjm at prince dot org

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redmenace October 21, 2011 at 1:25 am

Pick us! My daughter would love a new panda friend. xo

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Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 1:51 am
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Tenley October 21, 2011 at 4:07 am
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Tenley October 21, 2011 at 4:09 am

I also liked MPMK on Fbook!

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Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 5:23 am
feelincrafty October 21, 2011 at 5:38 am

My son LOVES stuffed animals! He calls them buddies and he likes to take about 5 every where we go!! Thanks!

louise at da-atis dot com

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Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Would really love this – my boys would go crazy for this! Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I like you on FB. Thanks! Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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Melanie October 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm

My son also has the same problem… lots of dolls with dresses in our house for his younger sister, but nothing great for him. Love this idea. Thanks for showing it to us!
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Mona October 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Love the dress up Panda!! I sooo want a dress up doll for my son without it looking too girly.

mohana dot koteeswaran at gmail dot com

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Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm

would love to win this for my son!
kcernick at netscape dot net

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SocialStudiesSoubrette October 22, 2011 at 12:10 am

What adorable little friends!
laprochaine at gmail dot com

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SocialStudiesSoubrette October 22, 2011 at 12:10 am

I am a fan of The Adventures of Zylie the Bear’s facebook page
laprochaine at gmail dot com

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SocialStudiesSoubrette October 22, 2011 at 12:11 am

I am a fan of MPMK’s facebook page
laprochaine at gmail dot com

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Marisa pevkham October 25, 2011 at 2:13 am
Meryl October 25, 2011 at 2:38 am

This is great!
Meryl (at) developingmelodies (dot) com

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Lyndsey October 25, 2011 at 2:38 am

I “liked” MPMKs on Facebook!

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Anonymous October 25, 2011 at 2:39 am
Meryl October 25, 2011 at 2:40 am

I’m a fan of MPMK on Facebook

Meryl at developingmelodies dot com

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Lyndsey October 25, 2011 at 2:40 am

I am a big fan of Shen and Zylie and “liked” them on Facebook!

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Moni October 25, 2011 at 3:12 am
Moni October 25, 2011 at 3:13 am

I’m your fan on FB :)

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Rachel I. October 25, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I’m your FAN follower

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Jason and Tracy October 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I love that he has a backpack and a passport along with a sense of adventure that kids can read about and meanwhile learn about our global world! What a great toy!

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Marci October 26, 2011 at 4:08 am

So fun! Love the passport and drum. My son would love this. Thanks for the chance.

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MP October 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm
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Robin October 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Looks like a great friend for my kids. Just found your site via pinterest- modern art technique/stamping.
prettyemme at hot mail dot com

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Melanie J. October 28, 2011 at 12:04 am

I liked the Adventures with Zylie the Bear on Facebook.

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Melanie October 28, 2011 at 12:04 am

I think this is a great idea and love the Panda!

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