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Age: Toddlers
Categories: Music and Activities

 

 
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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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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2000 Award
Sing & Dance with Barney
(Lyons Group $14.95 Score:) Depending on where you stand, this 56-minute reunion tape featuring 27 Barney hits will either be a preschooler's dream come true, or your nine-year old's worst nightmare. 2-6 Still top rated, Barney Live in New York City. From Radio City Music Hall, here's Barney in the Big Apple!

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

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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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Blue's Big Treasure Hunt and ABC's And 123's
(Paramount $ Score:) These two videos mark a turn in the road for blue-not necessarily a desirable one for programming targeted to old toddlers and preschoolers. The happy thing about Blue was how smart kids felt as they shouted to Steve and tried to show him the clues they saw before he seemed to. Now, the climate has switched to quizzes that undermine kids' sense of smarts with questions they should not be asked, or know the answer to. The letter P is introduced-the sound of paw, and pop, and the next thing we see is a sign for phone-but no one mentions that "ph" sounds like "f," not "p." Further, kids are supposed to follow reading clues and rebus pictures, but without left-to-right readiness cues-initial sounds for the word k-e-y are introduced and the word is spelled from top to bottom instead of left to right. All in all-a treasure map? reading for preliterate kids? Sorry-it's off track, Blue!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2003 Award
Blue's Clues: Meet Joe
(Paramount $12.95 Score:) Steve, the original host, is gone. In his place, his younger brother Joe takes on the job of putting preschoolers through their paces, trying to find Blue's Clues. We're not sure how new viewers will be with old videos featuring Steve. Of the old series we liked Blue's Clues Rhythm and Blue, PLATINUM AWARD '00; and Blue's Clues Story Time, PLATINUM AWARD '99 Closed-captioned. 2–5.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2003.

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Barney's Musical Castle
(Lyons Group $14.95 Score:) If your child has ever been to or dreamed of going to a Barney show, Barney's Musical Castle will be the next best thing. We have to be honest-we had to mute part of it. Seventy minutes is just too much Barney, if you are over three! Still recommended, Sing & Dance with Barney (four). Depending on where you stand, this 56-minute reunion tape featuring 27 Barney hits will be either a preschooler's dream come true or your 9-year-old's worst nightmare. New for 2004, Barney Best Manners (two), all original songs about manners (e.g., "Keep Your Sneeze to Yourself"), left us wanting for more standard Barney songs. 2-6. (800) 791-8093.

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2005 Award
Barney Movin and Groovin
(Lyons Group $16.95 Score:) A new Barney meant to encourage your kids to get up off the sofa and dance along. Nothing groundbreaking here, but a classic style Barney video about making your own music that will appeal to fans of the purple dino. Still top rated, Barney's Musical Castle. If your child has ever been to or dreamed of going to a Barney show, the new Barney's Colorful World! will be the next best thing. We have to be honest—we had to mute part of it. Seventy minutes is just too much Barney. These tapes may be preschooler's dream come true, or your 9-year-old's worst nightmare. 2–6. (800) 791-8093.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Whats the Name of That Song?
(SonyWonder $12.95 Score:) A hit parade of favorite Sesame Street songs, but our favorite moments are Wayne Brady singing "Between," and Patti LaBelle singing the alphabet! Closer in spirit to the original show (with a sense of humor that isn't condescending to kids). 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2005.

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