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Product Type: Videos
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Storybook Videos

 


2011 Award
Good Night, Gorilla and more wacky animal adventures
(Scholastic $20 Score:)

You'll find many, many worthwhile stories to share on this three DVD set with 16 animal tales that have stood the test of time. Along with Good Night Gorilla there is Happy Birthday Moon, The Napping House, The Rainbabies, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, and Elizabeth's Doll. These are all good choices for bedtime viewing. The second disk leads with that old favorite, Danny and the Dinosau and includes The Island of Slog, T is for Terrible, and Stanley and the Dinosaurs. The third DVD includes several gems: THe Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash, Dr DeSoto, FLossie and the Fox, First the Egg, What Do You Do With a Tail Like That? and Joey Runs Away. As a bonus there are author and illustrator interviews that will interest older viewers and several of the stories are done in both English and Spanish. All together you are getting close to three hours of entertainment that you can dole out as a special treat. Built into the stories are reading skills and science concepts.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
So You Want to be President and more stories
(Scholastic $14.95 Score:)

Just in time for Presidents' Week, a new DVD with several stories that kids can listen to or read along with as they watch. The lead story on this DVD is an animated version of the popular book, So You Want to be President, illustrated with delightfully cartoonish images by David Small. It's told with amusing anecdotes about some of our most famous presidents. It's full of fun factoids and narrated by a former first lady, of sorts, Stockard Channing, of West Wing. Madam President was written and illustrated by Lane Smith and tells the story of a girl who imagines what it would be like to be President. Maybe one of the young viewers will actually grow up to do the deed!  I Could Do That! Tells the true story of Esther Morris who worked to get women the vote. Finally, in My Senator and Me, the late Senator Edward Kennedy and his dog Splash give kids a typical day on Capitol Hill. 5-10.


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

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2010 Award
March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World & More Stories
(Scholastic $14.95 Score:)

The lead story was not only written by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sister, Christine King Ferris, it is narrated with a moving performance by Lynn Whitfield and includes brief clips of Mahalia Jackson's singing, MLK's speech and the roar of the crowd. Cleverly produced with London Ladd's illustrations from the book combined with photo images from the memorable day of the I Have a Dream speech at the mall. But as they say on infomercials, that's not all. The other three stories on this DVD are equally marvelous Platinum Award winning books : Nikki Giovanni's Rosa, Doreen Rappaport's Martin's Big Words and Ellen Levine's marvelous Henry's Freedom Box:A True Story from the Underground Railroad. But, wait! That's not all! There are two memorable interviews with Christine King Ferris and Ellen Levine.   They say 5-10, we'd say this is more like a good choice for 7-12 and up. 

 

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

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2004 Award
The Railway Children
(WGBH $19.95 Score:) E. Nesbit's classic novel comes to life on the screen in this handsomely dramatized story of an Edwardian family whose father is taken away by the police. Their mother refuses to tell them why he is gone, but moves the three children from the city to a country house not far from the railway line. Each day they wave to strangers on the train and in time one of the regular travellers befreinds them. That friendship is destined to solve the great mystery surrounding their father. 8 & up. (800) 949-8670.

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

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2004 Award
Freaky Friday
(Buena Vista $22.95 Score:) Adapted from the wonderful Mary Rodgers book, this is family entertainment at its very best. In this updated version, Dr. Tess Coleman and her teen-aged daughter Anna do not see eye-to-eye on almost anything. But when a magical fortune cookie transports them into each other's bodies, the two get a taste of how it feels to be a misunderstood teen and/or a caring parent. Without goofing it up, Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan turn in performances that will (make you both laugh out loud and find a lump in your throat. 7 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
(Warner Bros. $26.99 Score:) Our Harry Potter fans continue to be more than satisfied with the movie versions of J. K. Rowling's best-selling books. These films will be enjoyed most by school-age children (and even then our row of 9 year olds covered their eyes for the spider scene and a good part of the action in the Chamber of Secrets). Both films have scenes that are too intense for younger viewers. The DVD versions also have extra "never seen before" footage for kids who can't get enough Harry!

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2006 Award
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(Warner Bros. $ Score:) In the interest of full disclosure, one of us is devoted to the original movie and approached the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version with disdain. Unfortunately, from the opening credits onward, it was clear that the new adaptation of the Dahl’s classic story was truly inventive, entertaining, and hit that difficult chord of appealing to all ages. While some found Depp’s Willy Wonka a bit odd or creepy, we never had the sense that he went too far (maybe having young children at home gave him a different sensibility). With nods to pop culture of yesteryear (Busby Berkeley, Esther Williams musicals, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” The Beatles, Kiss, etc.)—there’s something delicious for everyone. 7 & up.

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

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1998 Awards
Silent Lotus
(Reading Rainbow / GPN $23.95 Score:) A fascinating video about how people who are deaf communicate. Also, the storybook Silent Lotus is about a girl who cannot hear or talk but learns to communicate through dance. Also includes a section on signing. Closed-captioned SNAP INFO: How people who are deaf communicate is the main thrust of this excellent video from the PBS show "Reading Rainbow." The storybook Silent Lotus is about a girl who cannot hear or talk but learns to communicate through dance. Also includes a section on signing. Closed-captioned

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

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2004 Award
Little House On the Prarie
(- Not Selected - $49.95 Score:) Imagine a whole generation who knows Melissa Gilbert only from infomercials. Feel old? New fans of the books asked, "There was a show?" The first and second seasons (which are truer to the books) are available on six CD sets. Fun to see again and share with your kids!

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

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2004 Award
Holes
(Disney $22.98 Score:) Stanley Yelnats is sure his family's long-standing "curse" is responsible for landing him in the boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake. Louis Sachar's best-selling novel was, according to our movie goers, faithful (a big consideration, they said) and just as they imagined it. The lizards and some fighting at the camp provide for some frightful moments for younger viewers, who also had some trouble following the plot which weaves back and forth in time. Most enjoyed by 10 & up crowd.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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