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Product Type: Videos
Age: Toddlers
Categories: Storybook Videos


2013 Awards
Springtime Collection, Max's Chocolate Chicken
(Scholastic $24.95 Score:)

After they finish coloring or hunting Easter eggs, we found a perfect seasonal collection featuring Max's Chocolate Chicken along with twelve stories on three DVD's. Among the other tales, Chicken Little, The Red Hen, and How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food. The collection also includes author/illustrator interviews and narrations by Lily Tomlin, Randy Travis, Michael McKean and others. The Max DVD also includes some Christmas stories, so this can be your go-to for seasonal celebrations. It also has a read-along option for beginning readers and these stories are mostly simple enough for young readers to decode or at least follow along. Most of the stories are for the younger family members. 2-7.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2010 Award
Hooray for Fish!
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $9.99 Score:)

An animated DVD comes packaged with this oversized picture book that is all about fish. Told in verse, with Lucy Cousin's usual passion for color, the exuberant illustrations dance through the pages and DVD. This is more about the sound of rhyming words and amusing illustrations than a true concept book about fish. It is not young science, but it is delicious to look at. The narrator has a decidedly English accent that may be a tad strange to young American audiences. Still, this is right on the mark for 2 1/2 and up.

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

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2009 Award
My Very First Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics, Preschool Stories
(Scholastic $50 Score:)

If you are looking for an alternative to the usual TV fare, look no further! This is a collection of seven DVD's with storybook classics every child should know. Some are more animated than others and none of these are brand new. Originally shown in libraries, these storybooks use the original text and art of some of the most beloved children's books. Many are narrated by famous actors and provide over seven hours of entertainment that you'll want to use a little at a time. This is nothing like Saturday morning TV--in fact, it is not frenetic or created to sell anything but a good story and illustrations that enhance the telling. A few of the stories, such as The Snowy Day and Noisy Nora are also narrated in Spanish as well as English. Older kids can use the read along option. Some of the stories will be fine with toddlers, while others are more appropriate for school aged kids. 2-8

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on

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2001 Awards
Play with Maisy
(Universal $12.98 Score:) Maisy's little slice of life adventures with her friends are very slow-paced and are just right for young video viewers. Play with Maisy includes time at the playground and the fair. 2 & up. Still top rated, OPPENHEIM TOY PORTFOLIO PLATINUM AWARD 2000 winner, Count with Maisy, where she is the conductor of the train and picks up two giraffes, three peacocks... you get the idea.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2001.

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1996 Awards
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
(Disney $12.99 Score:) The story of that very well-loved, hungry caterpillar has been transformed into a totally magical video! Animation and music have enhanced Eric Carle's beautiful illustrations and given them another dimension while retaining their original beauty. Five other gems also appear on this video: "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me," "The Mixed-up Chameleon," "The Very Quiet Cricket," and "I See a Song." A delicate blend of imagination and information illuminated with great artistry. Closed-captioned. 2-6.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1996.

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2000 Award
(Hallmark $9.98 Score:) Like Mark Inkpen's storybooks featuring Kipper the dog, each little vignette has a small adventure without the all-too-typical terrifying drama that has marked so much of today's videos for the very young. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2000 Award
Winnie the Pooh Series
(Disney $12.99 Score:) In the past we have recommended this series as "kinder and gentler animated cartoons than most of Saturday morning fare." Unfortunately, all recent Pooh videos have gone in another direction with story lines that are too intense for young viewers. For example, in Tigger-ific Tales, Tigger's so-called friends give him a bath and his stripes disappear-for preschoolers who typically worry about body integrity, this video is developmentally inappropriate. We still recommend the original videos: A Blustery Day and The Honey Tree. Closed-captioned. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2002 Award
Kipper Tiger Tales
(Lyrick Studios $9.98 Score:) The original Kipper video received a Platinum Award in 2000. Like Mark Inkpen's storybooks featuring Kipper the dog, each little vignette has a small adventure without the all-too-typical terrifying drama that has marked so much of today's video for the very young. This year's Kipper Tiger Tales only rates a four - it features his know-it-all pal Tiger; more preschoolish than the original. We found Pools, Parks and Picnic (two stars) way too slow - it made both toddler and adult viewers ready for naptime!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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Caillou's Neighborhood
(Warner Bros. $12.95 Score:) Caillou is older than Maisy, less noisy than Elmo, and paced just right for young viewers. In this new video he is spending the day with Grandma and visits her friends; a family with twins moves in, providing two new friends-not just one; the neighborhood has a rummage sale. Good, but not as good as Caillou the Explorer, PLATINUM AWARD '02, which explored transportation from a child's point of view.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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Kipper Imagine That! & Amazing Discoveries
(HIT Entertaiment $9.99 Score:) Based on the books by Mick Inkpen, the newest videos have fallen into the usual "kiddie" show themes of pirates, magic acts, and costume parties-far from the original stories that were so on target for toddlers. Here Kipper and his pals hunt for scary creatures, befriend a hungry robot, follow dinosaur prints, play spaceshipm and take off to outer space with a balloon-driven bench. Stick with some of the earlier Kipper videos. 2 & up.

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