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Age: Preschoolers

 


2006 Award
Firefighter George and Amazing Airplanes
(Starts Smarter $14.99 Score:) From private planes to huge jets, this gives children an inside view of how planes are piloted and maintained. Without getting too technical, there is a fair amount of information here, and female as well as male pilots. The only downside to this video is host Firefighter George, who is a bit over the top in enthusiasm, but that did not bother our young viewers. They say 2-8, we'd say more like 3 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Awards
Bear Snores On
(Scholastic $14.95 Score:) One of our all-time favorite storybooks is brought to life with the same charm as the book. Bear sleeps all winter long and awakes to find a lair full of his woodland friends. Charming. DVD also includes Waiting for Wings, featuring the stunning artwork of Lois Ehlert and Come On, Rain! by Karen Hess. 3 &up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Caillou, The Everyday Hero
(PBS HOME Video $14.99 Score:) As always, Caillou delivers slice-of-life stories that are right on target for preschoolers. Caillou helps his little sister Rosie, he faces his fears about a waterslide, and plays with his friends as they construct a road and a bridge. No big surprises or scares here. Just right!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Growing Up with Winnie the Pooh: Love & Friendship
(Disney $14.99 Score:) From the kinder and gentler collection of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, these stories focus on honesty, helping friends, and respect. Calm and fuzzy, just as Pooh should be. (Be careful—there are a couple of Poohs that include scenes that are over-the-top suspenseful for younger viewers).

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Cars
(Pixar $ Score:) From the team that brought us The Incredibles and Toy Story, Cars delivers both stunning animation and an engaging story. A very ambitious race car, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) finds himself in the forgotten Route 66 town of Radiator Springs with such notable car characters as Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), a VW van (George Carlin), and Sally (Bonnie Hunt). A little long in places, but it delivers a solid message that family and friends are more important than celebrity or fortune. Humor, amazing graphics, and heart challenge the Hollywood myth of the go-it-alone macho-man, giving us a new kinder, gentler, hero.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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