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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


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
Ocean Life, Book & DVD
(by Cynthia Stierie/ photos Annie Crawley, Reader's Digest Children's Books $17.99 Score:)

Handsome still photos are used to illustrate this big book with factoids that school aged kid will pour over. But it's the DVD with live footage of life under the water that sets this apart. Using an alphabet format this is a little less fluid than Annie Crawley's other DVD’s such as Who Lives in the Sea?, What Makes a Fish a Fish?, or Dive into Diversity. That said, lots of kids like to be able to hold a book in their hands and look at the pictures for as long as they wish, rather than the fleeting images on a video.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. 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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2009 Award
Treasury of Classic Bedtime Stories
(Scholastic $29.95 Score:)

A collection of 4 DVDs, each with at least six picture books that are well worth sharing. Some have full animation, others are less so, but all use the original picture book art by some of the best loved illustrators in the children's book world. This collection includes the Good Night, Gorilla, Mike Mulligan, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Curious George Rides a Bike plus several stories retold in Spanish. These videos are narrated by such well-known performers as James Earl Jones, Mia Farrow, Anthony Edwards, and others. We've given awards to most of the DVDs in this Treasury. Now they are gathered together in a larger collection and you can use this library as a resource and an excellent alternative to TV.  Use them before bed or any time that a storybook break is needed. There are so many good choices here, you can dole them out as a treat for any time of the day. For readers there is a read-along feature that may help children develop eye sweep, reading with expression, as well as vocabulary. The collection is marked 3-9. We think some of the stories will be best suited for school aged viewers, but surely some will be a good fit for preschoolers

 

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

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2009 Award
Treasury of 25 Storybook Classics, Dinosaurs, Trucks, Monsters…and more!
(Scholastic $29.95 Score:)

A collection of 4 DVDs, each with at least six picture books that are well worth sharing. Some have full animation, others are less so, but all use the original picture book art by some of the best-loved illustrators in the children's book world. This collection includes the How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?, Pete's a Pizza, The Five Chinese Brothers, and so many other well-loved stories plus a bonus of two stories repeated in Spanish. These picture books are narrated by well-known performers as Chevy Chase, Anthony Edwards, and others. We've given awards to many of the DVDs in this Treasury. Now they are gathered together and you can use this library as a resource and an excellent alternative to TV.  You may want to check other Storybook Treasure collections that you own, since there is some overlap of titles. For readers there is a read-along feature that can help children develop eye sweep, reading with expression, as well as vocabulary. The collection is marked 3-9, but we think this particular collection is a better choice for somewhat older children, say 5 & up.

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

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