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1995 Awards
Rabbit Ears Folktales Series
(Rabbit Ears $9.95 Score:) Many of our best-loved folktales and legends of heroes and heroines were found in this distinguished series. Most of our favorite titles, however, are no longer available. We suggest you rent and preview before you buy. Although done by well-known performers, these artful films have little or no animation and may be somewhat slow for kids who are accustomed to Disneyesque production values. Our top choices are : How the Leopard Lost His Spot, narrated by Danny Glover, and followed by Follow the Drinking Gourd, narrated by Morgan Freeman. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1997 Awards
On the Day You Were Born
(North-South $19.95 Score:) The Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Bill Eddins, debuts its Notes Alive series with a stunning animated version of Debra Frasier's picturebook, On the Day You Were Born. The story weaves animation with the orchestra's performance of Steve Heitzig's original score, and is followed by the author and composer discussing where they found their inspiration. Truly a gem! 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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2001 Awards
Dear America Series
(Scholastic $12.95 Score:) Based on the award winning Dear America Diaries we have recommended for school-aged readers, this series of made-for-TV videos combine history with story in live action dramas. In So Far From Home, Mary flees Ireland and the potato famine only to struggle for humane work conditions in the textile mills. Remember Patience Whipple is the story of a girl who arrived on the Mayflower and keeps up her courage even after she losses her mother. In Standing In the Light, a Quaker girl and her brother are captured by the Lenape and come to respect their new family and its traditions. A Picture of Freedom is set in the antebellum south, where Clotee, a slave who knows how to read and write, helps others escape. These films are engrossing, but some have content that may be disturbing to younger viewers; for example, there is a whipping scene in Picture of Freedom. It's historically accurate, but not for young viewers. Similarly, Valley Forge Saga includes an off-screen amputation and a birth with sound effects you'd expect. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2000 Award
Winnie the Pooh Series
(Disney $12.99 Score:) In the past we have recommended this series as "kinder and gentler animated cartoons than most of Saturday morning fare." Unfortunately, all recent Pooh videos have gone in another direction with story lines that are too intense for young viewers. For example, in Tigger-ific Tales, Tigger's so-called friends give him a bath and his stripes disappear-for preschoolers who typically worry about body integrity, this video is developmentally inappropriate. We still recommend the original videos: A Blustery Day and The Honey Tree. Closed-captioned. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. 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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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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2000 Award
Kipper
(Hallmark $9.98 Score:) Like Mark Inkpen's storybooks featuring Kipper the dog, each little vignette has a small adventure without the all-too-typical terrifying drama that has marked so much of today's videos for the very young. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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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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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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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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