The Noah's Ark Davis received for Christmas deserves an entry all its own. With all the toy recalls over the past few months, we have been trying to stay away from toys made in China, especially for Davis. Unlike his big brother who never cared much for eating his play things, that is Davis's primary mode of exploration. While doing research on a good, solid, safe Noah's Ark for him, I discovered this wooden one made in France. It is lightweight but sturdy, brightly colored and easy for little fingers to manipulate. It comes complete with gangway, animals, doves, and Mr. and Mrs. Noah. As an added bonus, the animals fit through the sides in a shape-sorter configuration. The company, Le Toy Van, specializes in wooden toys for children, everything from doll houses to castles and pirate ships. It is a throwback to the toys of yesteryear, and I have little doubt I will be ordering from them again.