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Product Type: Videos
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Music and Activities

 


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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2002 Award
Blue's Clues: Playtime with Periwinkle
(Paramount, Paramount $12.95 Score:) Preschoolers love being in the know by finding Blue's clues before Steve, the host, finds them. New for 2002, Playtime with Periwinkle centers on Steve and Blue's new feline friend from the city. Pretty straightforward format. Still top rated, Blue's Safari, which centers on identifying animals and looks at how adult animals care for their babies; Blue's Clues Rhythm and Blue, Platinum Award '00; and Blue's Clues Story Time, Platinum Award '99 *****. Thumbs down for Blue's Big Treasure Hunt, ABC's, and 123's, which take a wrong-headed turn in the road (*). This is not the audience for reading or spelling lessons! Closed-captioned.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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Elmo's World Birthdays Games & More
(Sony, Sony $12.95 Score:) Viewers enjoyed the birthday theme--showing kids getting and receiving gifts. It gets better after a frenetic opening and is better than Elmo's Magic Cookbook (**),which falls below the usual high standards set by Sesame Street. In the first segment, Elmo watches kids who dance and then makes the distinction that mailboxes and birthday cakes don't dance but he does--really! The dumbed-down content was more irritating than inspiring. The producers probably didn't intend for kids to watch all 50 minutes of Elmo in one sitting--we had trouble staying with the first 10. We still prefer Elmo's earlier videos.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Winnie the Pooh Sing a Song with Tigger
(Disney, 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 (our tip: rent before you buy). New for 2002, Winnie the Pooh Sing a Song with Tigger (****) is a solid good choice with some new music from the Tigger movie. 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.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2008 Award
Yes to Running, Bill Harley Live
(round river records $15.98 Score:)

A live concert with Grammy Award winner, Bill Harley. Done in cooperation with Montana Public Radio, the audience of adults and kids seem to be equally delighted as they participate in sing alongs. Harley uses original music with a story built into every song. We think families will enjoy the stories, the songs and joining in on the fun of such songs as I Like to Sing, Is Not Is Too and others. 5 & up. 112 min. (800) 682 9522.

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

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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
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly & More Stories That Sing
(Scholastic $9.95 Score:) The art from Simms Taback's version of There Was an Old Lady comes to life through brilliant animation. Parents (and kids) will enjoy Cyndi Lauper's narration and singing. The other two stories to sing: a chorus of penguins in Antarctic Antics by Judy Sierra and the noisy hippo, Musical Max, by Robert Kraus. 4 & up.

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

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