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Award: Blue Chip
Age: Preschoolers

 

 
2010 Awards
Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics 2
(Scholastic $99 Score:)

You'll find this online for a lot less than the retail price and if you are looking for a library of storybook videos to share with your kids, this is priceless. There are 17 DVD's in the set and each has several storybooks on a disk. Even if you buy it at list price, it's $1 a story. You will want to check the titles in this collection against the ones you may already own. We say this all the time about the Storytime Collections. They are the gold standard of videos for young audiences and work well for beginning readers since you can turn on the read-along option that they can follow. Narrators in this collection include such big names as John Lithgow, Mia Farrow, Cyndi Lauper, Abigail Breslin and many others. Here are the titles of the DVD in the package:

• GOODNIGHT MOON
• CORDUROY
• THE WHEELS ON THE BUS
• GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA
• THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
• IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA?
• GIGGLE GIGGLE QUACK
• THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY
• THE HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN COLLECTION
• THE JAMES MARSHALL FAIRYTALE COLLECTION
• HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS
• THE TEACHER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
• MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY
• ANTARCTIC ANTICS
• CRAZY HAIR DAY
• SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT?
• A VERY BRAVE WITCH

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

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2010 Awards
Halloween Stories Collection
(Scholastic $20 Score:)

You'll have 18 not-too-scary stories in a 3 DVD collection. Many are classics, such as Where the Wild Things Are, A Very Brave Witch, and Georgie. This set allows for a themed but quiet time break if you're planning a Halloween party. Some of these are not exactly Halloweenish -- we'd say more like mysterious - with an absence of ghosts, bats, and goblins. But that is all right. For sure, kids (and you) will need some chill out time in this season of sugar and spooks. As always you may find some overlap in this Storybook Treasure Collection with others you own. Here are the other titles: In the Night Kitchen, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, By the Light of the Halloween Moon, A Dark, Dark Tale, The Witch in the Cherry Tree, The Three-Legged Cat, The Three Robbers, Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain.

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

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2009 Awards
Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition
(Walt Disney $29.95 Score:)

A two DVD set of a loveable classic that you probably saw when you were the same age as your own kids. Along with the full length feature, this set includes a deleted song, a reunion with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, an animated adventure with Julie Andrews and a backstage extra of the Broadway show. Sure it will air on TV, but this is the way to see it without all the commercials and whenever a little spoonful of sugar is needed! Still a treat!

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

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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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1995 Awards
Raffi on Broadway
( $19.95 Score:) A real musical experience with the "eco-troubadour" singing many old favorites such as "Baby Beluga." We could have done without the pessimism of "Will I Ever Grow Up?" but kids probably hear it as a song of longing rather than doubt. 4 & up. Also classic: Raffi in Concert

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

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2000 Awards
Sing Along Songs
(Disney $12.99 Score:) Over the years we have found some of the Sing Along tapes a better alternative for preschoolers than the feature-length films that are too scary for young viewers. However, these are uneven and sometimes include clips that are not for all ages. We suggest renting and previewing before you buy. We do like the way the words to the songs bounce along the bottom of the screen so kids who can read can sing along. Closed-captioned. New for 2002, Winnie the Pooh Sing a Song with Tigger is a solid good choice with some new music from the Tigger movie. 4 & up.

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

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1994 Awards
The Snowman
(Mirmax / Buena Vista $12.99 Score:) An enchanting fantasy of a snowman who takes a small boy on a flying adventure. A word of warning: One three year old dissolved in tears when the snowman melted. A better choice for 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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1994 Awards
Doing Things
(Bo Peep Productions $14.95 Score:) Every video library should have Doing Things! With almost no talking or cutesy narrative, we watch kids and familiar barnyard animals go through the routines of the day-eating, washing, and playing. There's something new to see each time you watch. The cast of kids is multiethnic and the music is fun but not too intrusive. Doing Things leaves the talking to you and your kids. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1994.

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1995 Awards
Peter, Paul, and Mommy, Too
(Warner Bros. $19.98 Score:)

From the opening bars of "Puff," the magic is still here! All ages.

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

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2008 Awards
Make Way For Ducklings..and more delightful duck stories
(Scholastic $12.95 Score:)

There is one live action story in this collection, Angus and the Ducks, based on Marjorie Flck’s classic Scottie dog, Angus. All the other well known and award winning storybooks here are done with music and moving camera to enliven the still images. So, for a generation of kids who have grown up on animation, this may look odd. That said, this disk has several storybooks that every child should know. Robert McCLoskey’s Make Way for Ducklings was the winner of the Caldecott award in 1942 and remains a beauty of a book to see on screen and between covers. Also on this DVD, The Story About Ping, a little duck who strays too far from home and lives with the consequences as well as the punishment, he was trying to avoid. This has long been a favorite. 3-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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