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Product Type: Videos
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Storybook Videos

 

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 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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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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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
Franklin's Reading Adventures
(USA Home Entertainment, USA Home Entertainment $12.95 Score:) There are two solid stories on this video. "Franklin Loses a Book" is a lot like an old-fashioned picture book with Franklin going from one animal to another trying to find a copy of his little sister's favorite storybook. "Reading Club" features Franklin and his friend Bear trying to rush through 30 books in order to win a prize. Still top rated, Franklin's Blanket (****).

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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George & Martha
(Sony, Sony $12.95 Score:) We really wanted to love this series based on James Marshall's characters with Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin adding their wonderful voices as George and Martha. Unfortunately, while the animation is right for preschoolers, the stories are for much older kids and they were not too compelled to stick with the stories. In "Best Friends," George has the Scary Cable Channel installed, which may be frightening to some. Most disturbing is that the television turns itself back on. Yikes!

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
The Little Bear Movie
(Paramount, Paramount $9.95 Score:) We were worried about the story line in which Little Bear and his new friend, Cub (a wild bear), get lost in the woods. But no fear, the writers maintained a sweetness in these stories. There is a brief encounter with a mountain lion that's a bit scary, but resolves itself quickly (and happily). Little Bear and his friends help to unite Cub and his family, who had been separated during a storm.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Maisy: Springtime
(Universal, Universal $12.98 Score:) Maisy stars in five little seasonal stories about an egg hunt, a bird building a nest, a trip to the farm with baby animals and some farm songs. We wish the songs were more tuneful, but we much prefer this to the new Maisy ABC video (**). Maisy, who doesn't yet speak, doesn't need to learn the alphabet! We suggest previous videos such as Play With Maisy (*****) Platinum Award '01, featuring little slice-of-life adventures of Maisy with her friends. These are very slowly paced and just right for young video viewers.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Kipper Tiger Tales
(Lyrick Studios $9.98 Score:) The original Kipper video received a Platinum Award in 2000. 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 video for the very young. This year's Kipper Tiger Tales only rates a four - it features his know-it-all pal Tiger; more preschoolish than the original. We found Pools, Parks and Picnic (two stars) way too slow - it made both toddler and adult viewers ready for naptime!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. 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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