Saturday, May 16, 2009

Made Here, Baby! Book Review

Thanks to FRN we were given the opportunity to review MADE HERE, BABY!: The Essential Guide to Finding the Best American-Made Products for Your Kids (AMACOM; May 14, 2009) by Bruce H. olk. After all the recalls of Chinese-imported toys containing dangerous chemicals, parents want to know where to get products they know will be safe because they have American manufacturing standards. Plus, in the current recession more and more people are looking to support their local businesses.

Author, product developer, and proud uncle and godfather Bruce Wolk tracked down over 400 U.S. companies that produce amazing children’s products from infant moccasins from Minnesota to cribs handmade in Memphis, sustainably-built wooden sleds from Colorado to Cotton Monster’s unique plush animals in Seattle. In addition to basic company information and interesting facts, he includes notes on eco-friendly companies, family businesses, and ones that make products for children with special needs, so every parent is sure to find a product that meets their home’s needs.

This is a well-organized resource for anyone shopping for the little ones in their life!! It is organized by states so it makes it simple to find stores close to you! It's very helpful and timely resource for us busy parents. It lists over 400 companies that uses only materials sourced in the USA in their products. I found it very interesting to read the sections about how the companies were started and why the founders started their companies. We highly recommend this great book as a resource for finding high quality, locally made toys and products that will keep your kids happy and healthy!

Get your copy HERE!


Andrea McMann said...

Thanks for the great review! It sounds like this book will be a fabulous resource for many, many parents! :)

Bruce H. Wolk said...

Thank you so much for your very kind comments about Made Here, Baby! When interviewing many of these companies I started to wish that I had an unlimited amount of space in which to fully write their stories. The backgrounds and courage shown by these American manufacturers truly inspired me. They became my friends and I promised myself I would do everything possible to help them. I can't tell you, as readers, to "Always Buy American," for in truth, we've lost so much of our manufacturing infrastructure to cheaply made imports that we often can't buy American. YET, and surprisingly so, there are many more companies than you might imagine. As much as possible, I want to give moms and dads some control in what they buy. I also want anyone reading this to know that it is my pleasure to correspond with people about safe American products. Please contact me through the Web site, and I'll be happy to help you! Once again, thank you so much for your review. Sincerely, Bruce

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