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Product Type: Videos
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Holidays

 


1998 Award
Giving Thanks
(Reading Rainbow / GPN $23.95 Score:) Opening with a Native American's Good Morning Message written by Chief Jake Swamp, this handsome video celebrates the beauty and bounty of earth. It moves on to fascinating footage that shows how cranberries are harvested as well as a segment featuring city kids planting a tree on a city street, followed by a Native American woman making clay for pottery. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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1995 Award
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse
(Sony $9.95 Score:) Young Emily, a country mouse (who happens to sing country music), takes off for the city for a Christmas visit with her sophisticated cousin, Alexander, the city mouse. Based on Aesop's fable, this gem is performed by Crystal Gayle and John Lithgow. Closed-captioned. 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1995 Awards
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
(Sony $9.95 Score:) Who better than Walter Mathau to narrate the tale of the grumpy, cold-hearted curmudgeon whose ways are changed by the spirit of giving and loving in the Christmas season? 4-8. The Grinch (Universal ***), the Jim Carey version, is way too scary for very young children. The explosions and destruction of Whoville, for example, were way over the top for preschoolers. School-aged kids will enjoy the elaborate set and Carey's extremely dark and Grinchy portrayal.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1996 Award
The Santa Clause
(Disney $22.99 Score:) Tim Allen stars as a divorced father who quite by accident becomes Santa and discovers a lot about himself and his relationships. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1996.

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1995 Award
Sesame Street Celebrates Around the World
(Sony $14.95 Score:) If you lived in Portugal you would celebrate the New Year by making wishes and eating 12 grapes, one for every month of the year. With music and humor, Big Bird and friends introduce viewers to children and customs in many parts of the world. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1996 Awards
Spot's Magical Christmas
(Disney $12.99 Score:) It's almost Christmas and Santa's sleigh is lost! Two of Santa's reindeer enlist Spot and his friends to help them find it. Lucky Spot not only spots the sleigh, he gets a magical ride to Santa's workshop! A charmer! Closed-captioned. 2-6.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1996.

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2004 Award
Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember
(HIT Entertaiment $14.99 Score:) Bob's brother Tom is coming home for the holidays and Bob is thrilled. But Bob is busier than ever getting the city lights, tree, and park ready for the Christmas concert. Tom misses the last boat, but all's well that ends well. Sir Elton John is a featured guest, appearing as an animated character in the show. 50 mins.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2006 Award
Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
(Warner Bros. $19.95 Score:) A charming story of friendship between Samantha, a wealthy young girl who lives in New York with her Grandmary, and Nellie O’Malley, the servant girl next door. We were concerned that this was just marketing for the American Girl Dolls by the same names, but, indeed, there’s a moving and meaningful story here, as well as a beautifully old-fashioned film with the look of Masterpiece Theatre, and with Mia Farrow. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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1998 Awards
Handel's Last Chance
(SonyClassical $19.98 Score:) When Handel arrives in Dublin, his career is faltering and the choir that will sing his newest oratorio is dreadful. By his helping a street urchin, the son of a washerwoman, Handel's "Messiah" has its first performance. 7 & up. Also recommended, Rossini's Ghost.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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1995 Award
Shalom Sesame Chanukah
(Children's Television Worksho $19.95 Score:) From the Israeli version of Sesame Street, this lively video celebrates the Festival of Lights and includes a funny send-up of "Wheel of Fortune" called "Dreidel of Fortune," starring Lavana White. The count is doing his thing in English and Hebrew. 3-8. Also, for Passover: Jerusalem Jones and the Lost Afikoman and The Aleph-Bet Telethon.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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