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Product Type: Videos
Award: Platinum
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Review Year: 2012


2012 Award
Origami Studio Book & DVD
(Michael G. LaFosse, Tuttle Publishing $16.99 Score:)

Tuttle has been the publisher of the best Origami books for years. Now they have taken it to the next level by packaging it along with a DVD that can be stopped and started as you work step by step to follow and learn all the folds. In no time you and your child will be able to make fish, flapping birds, butterflies,  boxes--among so many other shapes. Use these to decorate the house for the holidays. Use them for a fun way to refine visual and fine motor skills along with patience all with fun payoffs. The kit comes with 70 sheets of colorful origami paper. This is so much better than a book and paper alone.  It's a book, a DVD, and a craft kit all in one. The DVD holds your hand and makes this ancient art form easier than ever!

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on

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2012 Awards
McKenna Shoots for the Stars
(American Girl $14.95 Score:)

Aspiring young gymnasts will relate to McKenna's ambitious dreams of becoming an Olympic star. Even non-gymnists will find common ground with her school problems and need for a tutor and the rivalry that grows when her childhood friend becomes jealous of McKenna's new friendship with her tutor. Though the music is somewhat intrusive and the situations a bit predictable, this is like the old after school specials with lots of good messages and events that echo kid's own experiences. McKenna's tutor is wheelchair bound and though she is older and wiser, McKenna learns a lot about friendship and supporting someone else's needs as the story develops. It also delivers a serious message that needing the help of others is noto something to be ashamed of at any age. This is a film for school aged kids, not preschoolers. I hr. 35 min.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on

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