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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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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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2010 Award
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! & more stories by Mo Willems
(Mo Willems, Scholastic $19.99 Score:)

Mo Willems not only creates wonderfully amusing stories, he obviously enjoys narrating them in his own voice. Willems, with some help from friends such as Jon Scieszka, Mo's daughter Trixie, and Knuffle Bunny narrate three of his stories and his familiar line art comes alive through delightful animation and some jazzy music. You can choose an interactive version that invites kids to chime in as the story is told or not. For beginning readers, you can also choose subtitles, so they can read along. Three favorites are featured on this DVD: the title story, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, Leaonardo, the Terrible Monster. 

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

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2010 Award
Storybook Treasures The Rosemary Wells Collection
(Rosemary Wells, Scholastic $19.99 Score:)

A 2-DVD collection of storybooks by the creator of the brother and sister stories of Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and the classic Emily's First 100 Days in School. This collection includes some Rosemary Wells books that are on earlier releases, so you may want to check your previous purchases. The set includes, Max's Chocolate Chicken, Max's Christmas, Morris's Disappearing Bag, Otto Runs for President, Noisy Nora, Emily's First 100 Days of School, Voyage to the Bunny Planet and Reading to Your Bunny.

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

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2010 Award
Storybook Treasures, Giggle, Giggle, Quack
(Scholastic $14.99 Score:)

Newest of the Storybook Treasures collection, Giggle Giggle Quack is the comic lead story on this DVD with five stories. When Farmer Brown goes on vacation he leaves the farm in the hands of his brother Bob. Poor Bob, had no idea what he was getting into with Duck and his mischievous friends. In Duck For President, good old Duck is up to his usual tricks. He does not like the way things are going on the farm and tries to take charge. Doodby Dooby Moo involves a talent show the farm animals get into with some laughable moments. Diary of a Fly and Diary of a Worm both give kids a different perspective on how the world works when you are living under ground or on the wing. Kids can just watch and listen or read along. Both Giggle Giggle and Duck for President are also done in Spanish and there is an interview with Harry Bliss, author of the Diaries. They say 3-8, we'd say more like 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. 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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2009 Award
Ho, Ho, Ho, Tucker!
(by Leslie McGuirk, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Tucker, a zippy little dog is all excited about Christmas coming. When he snarfs up a holiday cookie from a hot pan Tucker's nose turns bright red--but not to worry. On Christmas eve he gets to take a special trip with a jolly old fellow and that red nose comes in handy! Here's a perfect package to take along on a holiday trip or to enjoy at home. It's another charming package in the Candlewick Storybook Animations collection.  There's a small book, stickers, a small poster and best of all a two-sided disk that plays a DVD animated version of the story on one side and the audio on the other side.

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

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2009 Award
Crocodile Safari
(by Jim Arnosky, Scholastic $22.98 Score:)

A handsome DVD accompanies Jim Arnosky's newest book about crocodiles. His illustrations take readers to the Florida mangroves where crocodiles live with so many other wild creatures. It's a safari adventure as this gifted artist and naturalist explains the difference between alligators and crocs found deep in the Everglades. Good as the book is, the DVD that comes with it is more than just good footage! It includes Arnosky doing a drawing of the setting from simple lines to shading that gets better with each moment.

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

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2009 Award
Shaun the Sheep, Back in the Ba-a-ath
(HIT Entertaiment $14.95 Score:)

From the creators of the award-winning Wallace & Gromit series, comes a seriously wacky collection of stories about a flock of mischievous sheep, a rather stupid farmer, his sheepdog Blitzer, and some naughty sheep on the other side of the fence. There are eight amusing stories; our favorites are Still Life with the farmer leaving a half finished painting and the sheep taking over and doing a series of paintings based on well known artworks redone in sheep's clothes and Take Away, a pizza buying extravaganza that will have you laughing out loud. In fact, each of the stories is entertaining without the usual frenetic cartoon pace. Done in stop action animation, the dialogue is little more than a series of grunts and baas, but the stories are told with wit and wooly good fun. Less sophisticated and younger in feeling than the Wallace & Gromit, they will be enjoyed by your whole family.  Running time 51 minutes.

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

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2009 Award
My Very First Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics, Preschool Stories
(Scholastic $50 Score:)

If you are looking for an alternative to the usual TV fare, look no further! This is a collection of seven DVD's with storybook classics every child should know. Some are more animated than others and none of these are brand new. Originally shown in libraries, these storybooks use the original text and art of some of the most beloved children's books. Many are narrated by famous actors and provide over seven hours of entertainment that you'll want to use a little at a time. This is nothing like Saturday morning TV--in fact, it is not frenetic or created to sell anything but a good story and illustrations that enhance the telling. A few of the stories, such as The Snowy Day and Noisy Nora are also narrated in Spanish as well as English. Older kids can use the read along option. Some of the stories will be fine with toddlers, while others are more appropriate for school aged kids. 2-8

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

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