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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Music and Activities

 


2010 Award
Come On, Let's Go!
(Susie Tallman, Rock Me Baby Records $15.99 Score:)

Each of the classic songs is produced with a small "story" that is either danced or illustrated with animated images and sung by Susie Tallman. The collection is made up largely of familiar songs such as Puff the Magic Dragon. Fie Little Ducks, I've Been Working on the Railroad and other such favorites. They are no over done, yet there is just enough action to entertain. The opening number, Let's Go is probably our least favorite and some kids may not like the "clown" type fellow in high hat and funny makeup who recites some nonsense verses, but you can just skip over the ones you don't love. All in all this is a good music DVD for preschoolers. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Awards
Scholastic Storybook Treasures Sing-Along Travel Kit
(Scholastic $24.99 Score:)

You may want to be sure about overlap, since some of the story songs in this collection are on other Scholastic disks you already own. This one features songs such as Wheels on the Bus, There was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, and other favorites. The complete set has 15 old favorite musical storybooks that are fun to take along or enjoy at home. Also included are crayons, an activity booklet, a 13 song CD and travel ideas for parents.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Awards
Cathy and Marcy's Song Shop: Meet the Instruments, Clap and Tap
(Community Music $14.99 Score:)

Cathy and Marcy introduce kids to a variety of percussion instruments---including their own hands, knees and feet. Using clapping, conga drums, shakers, feet and other body movements, kids are invited to participate in discovering soft and loud, up and down, side to side and stop and start movements. This is an interactive DVD that encourages kids to get up and join in rather than sitting passively and watching. 40 minutes that can be fun for a play date or solo. The pace on this is slow enough so that young preschoolers will not be overwhelmed. 2 1/2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Wake Up, Clarinet!
(Oran Etkin, Timbalooloo $16.99 Score:)

Well known jazz clarinetist Oran Etkin introduces his own "Timbalooloo" method for get young children involved in moving and responding to the music. This is not just a sit there and watch kind of CD, it has tracks that will also play as a DVD. The music is original and anything but the usual kiddie fare. For parents who especially like jazz, this is a good place to start with younger listeners. 

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

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2000 Awards
Blues Clues Series
(Paramount $12.95 Score:) Preschoolers love being in the know by finding Blue's clues before Steve, the host, finds them. New for 2001, Blue's Safari, which centers on identifying animals and looks at how adult animals care for their babies, is our top pick this year. In Magenta Comes Over, viewers are asked to pair related costumes, e.g., those of a lifeguard and a swimmer, and an umpire and a baseball player. One of the pairings is an astronaut and a four-eyed alien. We question the importance of four-eyed aliens for preschoolers! Other than that, it's on the mark. Blue's Big Musical Adventure is 78 mins. long! That's a lot of Blue with big musical numbers. The cast is planning to put on a show and Steve's searching for Blue's singing partner. Closed-captioned. 2-5 Still top rated: Blue's Clues Rhythm and Blue, PLATINUM AWARD '00 and Blue's Clues Story Time, PLATINUM AWARD '99. Thumbs down for Blue's Big Treasure Hunt, ABC's, and 123's, which takes a wrong-headed turn in the road. This is not the audience for reading and spelling lessons!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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1997 Awards
Cathy & Marcy's Song Shop
(Community Music $14.95 Score:) If you're looking for music videos to actively engage kids, these are for you! On "Yodel-Ay-Hee-Hoo!!!" kids sing along, learn to yodel, and even sign along in American Sign Language. "Is Not, Is Too!" also has plenty of audience participation. Using a hammered dulcimer, banjo, and guitar with a blend of traditional and new songs, Cathy and Marcy make real music for the whole family! 4& up.

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

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1999 Award
Clap To It!
(Go Kid Productions $12.95 Score:) You and your kids will love learning these clapping games and rhymes to play with friends or family. We laughed out loud as we tried to keep up with the kids who demo and then teach you traditional clapping games that would be fun for a party. Thank goodness for the rewind button! 5-9

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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Elmo's World
(Sony $12.95 Score:) We found the production below the usual high standard set by Sesame Street. In the first segment, Elmo watches kids who dance and then makes the distinction that mailboxes and birthday cakes don't dance but he does-really! The dumbed-down content was more irritating than inspiring. The producers probably didn't intend for kids to watch all 50 minutes of Elmo in one sitting-we had trouble staying with the first 10.

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

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1997 Awards
Fiesta!
(Sony $12.95 Score:) A lively Sesame Street video with many songs performed in both English and Spanish, introducing kids to counting, colors, and familiar music with a Latin beat. 2 1/2 & up. Also top rated: Get Up & Dance and PLATINUM AWARD'97 winner, Elmocize.

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

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2000 Award
Kids' Favorite Songs
(Sony $12.95 Score:) Elmo is going to play kids' top ten favorite songs on his radio show. The problem is picking them. With hits like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt," and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" in the line-up there's not a miss in the list. But what is Elmo's favorite? A good choice of songs kids show know with lots of counting backwards mixed in. 2 & up. Still top rated, Jim Henson singing the Best of Kermit.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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