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

 


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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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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1994 Awards
The Snowman
(Mirmax / Buena Vista $12.99 Score:) An enchanting fantasy of a snowman who takes a small boy on a flying adventure. A word of warning: One three year old dissolved in tears when the snowman melted. A better choice for 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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2002 Award
Trumpet of the Swan
(Columbia Tristar, Columbia Tristar $19.95 Score:) When Louie the swan is born mute, his disappointed but devoted father risks everything by stealing a trumpet for him. Louie goes out into the world and discovers his talents and then returns to pay for the trumpet, to restore his father's good name, and marry the swan of his dreams. Based on E. B. White's classic, this animated version includes an all-star cast with Jason Alexander, Mary Steenburgen, and Carol Burnett, and music performed by Little Richard.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Award
Angelina Ballerina: Rose Fairy Princess
(HIT Entertaiment $9.99 Score:) Angelina steps out of her storybooks and onto the small screen. In the title story she wins the starring role in the show and then becomes fearful about having to fly on a wire. She gets through this and other pickles with determination and a lot of help from her best friend. There are three other stories; one includes a few tense moments when Angelina goes on a spooky ride in a theme park. For the most part, this is a child-friendly set of stories with a British accent since the cast includes voices of such stars as Judi Dench. These are "on point" for little ballerinas. 48 mins. 4–8. (866) 587-1778.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Little Bear: Snacktime Tales
(Paramount $9.95 Score:) This series continues to be one of the best for preschoolers with age-appropriate stories about friendship and family. Snacktime Tales includes four sweet stories about Little Bear, his friends, and, you guessed it, food! Don't be surprised if your child wants to bake after watching Little Bear's attempt at cupcakes. Still top rated, Little Bear's Band; Summertime Tales; A Kiss for Little Bear; Friends; Winter Tales; and Goodnight, Little Bear. Forget Little Goblin Bear, a seasonal attempt at a safe scare with several dream sequences that may be edgy for some viewers. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
Pete's a Pizza
(Scholastic $9.95 Score:) What can you do on a rainy day when you want to play ball? Pete's playful parents play a game of turning Pete into a Pizza-totally pretend-and by the time he's been "cooked," the sun comes out. Charmingly narrated by Chevy Chase. Two more William Steig favorites come to life on this DVD: "Dr. DeSoto," the dentist who has a big bad wolf as a patient, and the cautionary tale of "The Amazing Bone," about Pearl, a girl pig who finds a talking bone and almost gets eaten by a hungry fox. All three of these are good fun for 4-8s. The extras here are three rather dark stories by Tomi Ungerer. These extras are better suited to older kids who have a solid understanding of real and make-believe. 54 mins.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
The Railway Children
(WGBH $19.95 Score:) E. Nesbit's classic novel comes to life on the screen in this handsomely dramatized story of an Edwardian family whose father is taken away by the police. Their mother refuses to tell them why he is gone, but moves the three children from the city to a country house not far from the railway line. Each day they wave to strangers on the train and in time one of the regular travellers befreinds them. That friendship is destined to solve the great mystery surrounding their father. 8 & up. (800) 949-8670.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2006 Award
Emperor's New Clothes, The
(Scholastic $9.95 Score:) This collection of Hans Christian Andersen tales is a study in contrasts. It opens with Nadine Bernard Westcott’s zany illustrations, with the added charm of animation. It is followed with Jerry Pinkney’s gossamer watercolors that are so perfect for the watery world of “The Ugly Duckling.” These are followed by Bjorn Winblad’s bold images that light up “The Swineherd,” a tale of a clever prince, and Michael Sporn’s delightful images for “The Nightingale.” 65 mins. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(Warner Bros. $ Score:) In the interest of full disclosure, one of us is devoted to the original movie and approached the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version with disdain. Unfortunately, from the opening credits onward, it was clear that the new adaptation of the Dahl’s classic story was truly inventive, entertaining, and hit that difficult chord of appealing to all ages. While some found Depp’s Willy Wonka a bit odd or creepy, we never had the sense that he went too far (maybe having young children at home gave him a different sensibility). With nods to pop culture of yesteryear (Busby Berkeley, Esther Williams musicals, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” The Beatles, Kiss, etc.)—there’s something delicious for everyone. 7 & up.

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

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