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Product Type: Videos
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Science and Ecology

 


2012 Award
The Magic School Bus 25th Anniversary
(Scholastic $50 Score:)

Believe it or not-- it is the 25th Anniversary of The Magic School Bus show. We reviewed these shows when they arrived on the scene and many of the kids who saw the original shows are parents! Now they are available in a collection of eight DVDs. An entertaining way to introduce school aged kids to some basic science with playful turns. It includes among others...tours inside the human body, a trip to prehistoric times, an adventure in outer space. This award winning series includes an activity booklet and a guide for parents, too.  A new generation can fall in love with Miss Frizzle and her Magic School Bus! 5-9

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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2010 Award
Disneynature, Oceans, Combo Pack
(Disney $39.99 Score:)

Stunning film footage of the sea and the creatures that live below. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan, this is a bit on the slow side and he sounds sort of like a minister with that solemn sound. The music is rather hypnotic and though it is somewhat varied, it is no match for the film footage which is spectacular. This might be a perfect choice for budding oceanographers or for settling down together for quiet time. March of the Penguins, it is not. In one scene where a school of fish is hunted from below by dolphins and above by sea birds, the drama is apparent, but this event simply goes on and on. Similarly, when baby turtle scurry to reach the sea they are snapped up by sea birds, but the snatching of the hatchlings feels like it will never end. That said, it is probably worth a rental and you can fast forward from time to time. Available in a combo pack with blu-ray and a regular disk.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Disneynature: Crimson Wing - The Mystery of the Flamingo
(Disney $39.99 Score:)

Like their new release Oceans, there is magnificent film footage but the editor needed to cut some of it down a bit. It is a gorgeous film that follows the life cycle of the flamingos of Tanzania. But the narration by Melanie Finn has a solemn sound that is way slow and unvaried. Sounds a little like church or temple talk. For young viewers this is way long. Though there are similarities to the March of the Penguins, but this just doesn't have the vitality that made the Antarctic mating grounds and coming of age come alive as a story. That said it held interest to older viewers. A scene with time lapse photography showing the formation of a salt island where the nests are built is stunning and when it is deserted it has the look of a lunar landscape. If only it could be edited down and the voice could be enlivened this would have been a platinum. That said, it is still worth a rental. This is a two-Disk Blu-ray/DVD Combo. It can also be purchased as a single DVD at a lower price. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Award
The Big Boom!
(Little Mammoth Media $14.95 Score:) Go inside an active volcano, follow a demolition team as it implodes a 22-story building, and watch supersonic jets flying faster than the speed of sound. Although some of the "factoids" about sound vibrations offered are a stretch for young viewers, kids with an appetite for science information will like this one. 6 & up. Still top-rated, The Big Space Shuttle, with splendid footage of the Shuttle, astronauts in training, and space camp. A wonderful way to explore the vast frontier of space. 5 & up. Platinum Award '99.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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1995 Award
Free Willy
(Warner Bros. $24 Score:) Eleven-year-old Jesse finds new meaning in his life when he meets Willy, an orca whale who is being held in captivity. His concern and friendship grows and so does he. Video stores.

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

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1997 Award
The Amazing Panda Adventure
(Warner Bros. $19.98 Score:) Shot in the Himalayan mountains, this film has its Perils-of-Pauline moments that keep testers at the edge of their seats. A moving blend of adventure, ecology, friendship, and family ties all bound together in a memorable film. Closed-captioned. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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1997 Award
Science, Disscovery and Laughter
(The Science Club $19.95 Score:) Parents or teachers can use this video and guide book as a resource that turns you into the next best thing since Mr. Wizard! Simple hands-on science experiments that are guaranteed to delight your 5- to 10-year-old are demoed on the video. No special gear needed-just time and a willingness to explore sounds, gases, rocks, seeds, and matter.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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2001 Award
Family Tree
(Warner Bros. $19.96 Score:) An inspiring story of a nine-year-old boy and an old man who stand up and defend the ancient oak tree that is due to be chopped down to make room for a factory. An old-fashioned movie about courage. Cast includes Cliff Robertson and Naomi Judd. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2004 Award
Earth Stories Paleontology Vol. 1
(Mazon Productions $19.95 Score:) Chip, the talking rock hammer, is your animated host through this engaging introduction to paleontology. Really most appropriate for upper school (9+). Excellent graphics explain complicated concepts. Live action of digs in Argentina and Illinois are also included, and show the amazing process of fossil hunting. This is the type of film you only wish your Earth Science teacher had! 30 mins. (800) 332-4344.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2006 Award
March of the Penguins
(National Geographic $ Score:) While we’re not sure if your family shares our family’s ongoing fascination with penguins, this stunning movie should intrigue you. The life of the Emperor penguins in the Antarctic is amazing to watch as they, without a director, jump out of the water and march single file to their breeding ground. The males watch over the eggs for two months (without eating), and cope with 100-mile-an-hour winds and temperatures well below zero—truly dedicated Dads! To make a good thing even better, the film is narrated by Morgan Freeman. 7 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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