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1995 Awards
Building Skyscrapers
(David Alpert Association $19.95 Score:) Kaboom! down with the old and up, up, up goes a new skyscraper in New York City. Step by step from implosions to raising the steel and concrete oozing out of the hoses, here's a ringside seat for watching a building go from a foundation to finish. Real construction people, both male and female, answer the questions of a seven-year-old child in a well-paced, clearly written film that was shot from many perspectives, including a helicopter. PLATINUM AWARD '95.

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

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2001 Awards
Really Wild Animals
(Columbia Tristar $14.95 Score:) A lively blend of splendid film footage, information, and music have made this series a hit with kids. Dudley Moore narrates all three videos: Monkey Business looks at animal families; Dinosaurs and Other Creature Features explores the mysteries and characteristics of some of the weirdest wildlife; Polar Prowl travels from North to South Pole. Closed-captioned. 5-11

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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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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2004 Awards
How to Be a Ballerina
(Sony $9.98 Score:) Now on DVD, young ballerinas can join along with a children's class at the Royal Academy of Dance. From warm-ups, to rehearsing, to a charming performance of scenes from Sleeping Beauty, viewers are invited to dance along. A short version of Sleeping Beauty is told as film clips show adult ballerinas dancing, but it is the children's performance of the story that will inspire viewers. DVD also includes "How to Be a Ballet Dancer." 5-9.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Awards
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
(PBS HOME Video $149.98 Score:) Short of a season's pass to see your favorite team in action, there is probably no better gift to serious fans than this nine-tape history of baseball. Burns traces the game's history back to the nineteenth century. Film clips of classic moments in unforgettable games are even more memorable as old time players, commentators, and fans tell about historic games. Borrow this at the library if the price seems steep, but don't miss it! No better way to introduce sports-minded kids to history! 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Award
Star Wars Trilogy
(Twentieth Century Fox $49.95 Score:) As fun as it was to see these movies the first time, there is something special about sharing them with your kids. You won't be disappointed! There are some changes from the original. One of our young viewers insisted that Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) was always featured at the end of the third movie. It wasn't until a parent pointed out that he was only two when the third movie was release! There are also behind the scenes making of the movies which older movie buffs will enjoy as well. Young Jedi will be interested in the extensive line of Star War sets from Lego including the Clone Scout Walker ($9.99) and the Darth Vader Transformation ($6.99). Hasbro's interactive Star Wars Saga Edition Game with lightsaber was a huge hit with our testers (both young and old). Trust the force Luke!

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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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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2003 Award
Where the Wild Things Are
(Scholastic $14.95 Score:) Welcome back! For years Children's Circle videos were the benchmark of excellence in the world of children's videos bringing award winning storybooks classics to the video screen. For the past several years they were only available to libraries. Now part of the collection has been reintroduced at an affordable price for the home market. This represents the best news to the world of children's videos! Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen are delightfully narrated by Peter Schickele and The Nutshell Library is sung by Carole King. How wonderful that Sendak's art comes to life for a new generation! 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Awards
Chrysanthemum
(Scholastic $9.94 Score:) Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Mary Beth Hurt narrate three wonderful picturebooks by Kevin Henkes. Chrysanthemum is a tender tale of a mouse who loves her name until others tease her. Owen is a small mouse whose Mama helps him find a way to leave his security blanket at home when he goes to school. The third tale is about Wendell, a mouse who learns that he can't always be the boss. Also reissued, Where the Wild Things Are (5*'s). 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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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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