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Hoot Owl Hoot!


Peaceable Kingdom's "Hoot Owl Hoot" Receives Two Recognitions in a Week

Berkeley, CA (May 24, 2011) - While the owls in Peaceable Kingdom's new children's game raced their way back to the nest before sun-up, they found more than cooperative play, beautiful illustrations and a ton of fun. They also found a 2011 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award and a Major Fun Award. And that's something they all give a hardy hoot about!

Here's what the Parents' Choice Foundation judges had to say about Peaceable Kingdom and why its game, "Hoot Owl Hoot!" won a Spring 2011 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award:

Peaceable Kingdom - Hoot Owl Hoot!
Spring 2011 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award for Games
Ages: 4 & Up
Price: $14.99

"Hoot Owl Hoot! is a game that teaches teamwork and cooperation as all of the owls try to make it home before sunrise in a game that is educational and fun. Players work together to ensure that all of the baby owl pieces make it back to their nest before the sun fully rises. I personally see nothing wrong with some good competition, but I will admit, it was relaxing to change it up with this "cooperative play" board game. The illustrations are bright and vibrant, and the pieces are not flimsy, even though they are made from recycled materials. Each game takes about 15-20 minutes, which is great, because kids will want to play again and again. Parent testers were pleasantly surprised at how much fun the kids had while playing cooperatively. We recommend this to families with small children, even as an introduction to board games for little ones, since it is so easy to play and nobody is left disappointed."

The Parents' Choice Silver Honors are given to excellent products that, like the Gold Award winners, are designed to entertain and help children develop universally ethical attitudes, and rigorous standards and skills. Silver Honors come in a high second with one or more evaluating groups. Silver Honors are highly prized-like the Gold Awards-for production and human values. Parents' Choice Awards are given to products that meet and exceed standards set by educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents, and yes, kids themselves.

During its 31-year history, the Parents' Choice Awards program has established the benchmarks of achievement in children's media; trust for the consumers and credibility with the press. Major Fun (aka Bernie DeKoven, longtime game reviewer), wrote in his review bestowing his Major Fun Award on the game, "We played the game with a group of kids, age range 5 – 12 years, and it was intoxicating to witness the planning and predicting and anticipation that accompanied each play and each new card…Cooperative games exercise cognitive muscles that often go undeveloped in our society. And that, my friends, is Major Fun."

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Peaceable Kingdom was founded in 1983 with a single product – a children's poster based on the artwork from the classic children's book Goodnight Moon (printed by the son of the book's illustrator). Twenty-eight years and more than 5,000 SKUs later, the company has grown to be a leader in juvenile stickers and greeting cards and is just this year expanding their product offerings to include cooperative games.

Peaceable Kingdom's mission is to make good, do good, and be good. Which means: to create fresh, fun, award-winning products that educate, inspire, and tickle funny bones, to donate to charitable organizations that support the well-being of children, to remain committed to socially-conscious manufacturing practices and sustainable and eco-friendly materials, to maintain integrity in all business relationships and to support the people who support us! The Peaceable Kingdom philosophy – come into the kingdom and join the fun! Visit to learn more.