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Product Type: Videos
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Music and Activities

 

 
1995 Awards
Raffi on Broadway
( $19.95 Score:) A real musical experience with the "eco-troubadour" singing many old favorites such as "Baby Beluga." We could have done without the pessimism of "Will I Ever Grow Up?" but kids probably hear it as a song of longing rather than doubt. 4 & up. Also classic: Raffi in Concert

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

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2000 Awards
Sing Along Songs
(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. We suggest renting and previewing before you buy. 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. New for 2002, Winnie the Pooh Sing a Song with Tigger is a solid good choice with some new music from the Tigger movie. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. 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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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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Barney's Musical Castle
(Lyons Group, 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 (or under) 3! Still recommended, Sing & Dance with Barney. 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. In Barney Goes to the Zoo (**), it takes forever to see any animals and the music at the start of the tape is not up to Barney's usual standards. Sorry, this Zoo video is forgettable. (800) 791-8093

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Award
Maggie and the Ferocious Beast
(Columbia Tristar $12.95 Score:) It's hard to know why this gentle little video has the word ferocious in the title. There is nothing ferocious or even scary here. The so-called Beast is clearly not real, nor is he beastly. He and Hamilton Hocks (a pig) are toys that belong to 5-year-old Maggie (a curly red-headed girl) and have a good time playing in the snow, painting pictures, and meeting other friends on their trip to Nowhere Land. Also top rated from this series, We are Family. 30 mins. 3 & 4.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2003.

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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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