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Product Type: Videos
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Storybook Videos

 


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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2009 Award
Treasury of 25 Storybook Classics, Fairyales, Magic & 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 Hans Christian Anderson Collection, James Marshall Collection, Rapunzel and other Classics, and the Strega Nona stories with a bonus of two stories told in Spanish. These fairytales are narrated by such well-known performers as John Lithgow, Danny Glover, and others. We've given awards in past years to most of the DVDs in this Treasury. Now they are gathered together in a library that you can use as a resource and an excellent alternative to TV.  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, 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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2009 Award
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom & Chicka 123...and more stories
(Scholastic $29.95 Score:)

We told you about the Chicka Chicka videos when they were introduced on single disk DVDs years ago. This new entry with both Chicka storybooks on one disk is part of a bigger collection, subtitled...more stories about letters and numbers. Another great choice from the Scholastic Storybook Treasures that includes 9 other storybook classics such as Emily's First 100 Days of School, How Much is a Million?, Millions of Cats, Inch by Inch and other gems. You may want to check the full list against those you may already own. There is a lot of overlap in the various Storybook Treasure collections and some are more animated than others. That said, these are videos with some of the best loved picturebooks often narrated by well known actors. Kids can watch them as pure entertainment or switch on the words and they can read along.

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

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2009 Award
Tucker's Spooky Halloween
(by Leslie McGuirk, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Tucker, an adventuresome dog, wants to be something spooky for Halloween. His owner dresses him in cute costumes, but Tucker is tired of looking cute. Finding Halloween stories that are right for younger children can be hard, but this one is right on the mark. 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.  Ages 3-6.

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

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2001 Awards
Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales
(HBO Kids Video $9.95 Score:) (HBO Kids Video $9.95) Our favorite video of the year. Though toddlers might enjoy the title story, this is not a film for the very young. Through interviews with dozens of real kids, this refreshing film captures kids' typical feelings about dreams and bedtime. Viewers will find comfort in knowing that they are not alone in some of their fears. Laced throughout these wise remarks from kids are Natalie Cole narrating Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach, Billy Crystal's telling of Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet, and familiar bedtime songs sung by Tony Bennett, Aaron Neville, Lauryn Hill and Patti LaBelle. Oh, yes, and Goodnight Moon comes to life faithfully with brilliant color and minimal animation, and read just as it should be with simplicity by Susan Sarandon. Save this for kids from 4-7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
CinderElmo
(Sony $12.95 Score:) Kids who know and love the story of Cinderella are going to love this lively and amusing "Elmo-sized" version of the story. As you might guess from the title, it's CinderElmo who is left behind on the night of the Princess' ball. His Fairy Godfather Oliver Platt does his magic. Also in the live action/animated cast are Kathy Najimy as the mean old stepmother, Keri Russell as the Princess, and French Stewart as a dog named Prince. You can use this as an introduction to comparative lit and discuss how it's the same and different from the original tale. Closed-captioned. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Franklin's Blanket
(Universal $12.95 Score:) Franklin is about to go on a visit and he can't find his blanket. Everyone offers him a substitute, but like most young viewers, Franklin wants his one and only blanket which turns up just in the nick of time. Closed-captioned. . 4-7. Most of the original videos are excellent. Some of the recent (2001) versions have been turned up a notch in the scary cartoon mode department. You need to screen these before showing them. Franklin and the Green Knight, which starts out fine and then drops in a big-beaked griffin and fire-eating dragon, is just way too frightening for preschoolers.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2000 Awards
Madeline at the Ballet
(Sony $9.96 Score:) Once more they've come up with a new story based on the original characters in the Ludwig Bemelmans book series. This one will have special meaning to the many little ballerinas who long to get their first toe shoes and worry about living up to their dreams of becoming prima ballerinas. Narrated by Christopher Plummer, this one talks to the importance of practice and believing in oneself. Closed Captioned. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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Rainbow Fish High Tide Heroes & Fintastic Friends
(Sony $9.99 Score:) Both of these videos spend a lot of energy on the stereotypical war between girls and boys; the subject matter in Heroes doesn't seem to match the audience for Rainbow Fish - boy-crazy girls trying out for the cheerleading squad-talking in annoying voices that sound more like Flintstone soundtracks than videos for preschoolers. Slangy clichés with school-aged nasty relationships-what are they thinking of?

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

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