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Product Type: Videos
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Storybook Videos

 


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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Caillou's Neighborhood
(Warner Bros. $12.95 Score:) Caillou is older than Maisy, less noisy than Elmo, and paced just right for young viewers. In this new video he is spending the day with Grandma and visits her friends; a family with twins moves in, providing two new friends-not just one; the neighborhood has a rummage sale. Good, but not as good as Caillou the Explorer, PLATINUM AWARD '02, which explored transportation from a child's point of view.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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2006 Award
Angelina Ballerina The Big Performance
(HIT Entertaiment $16.99 Score:)

Based on the Angelina Ballerina books, this entry has four original stories and two live-action sequences with young dancers. Unlike some Angelina videos, there are no scary scenes in any of these stories—though there is some suspense. Miss Lily takes Angelina to dance for her friend the Queen and they have a transportation adventure on the way; Angelina's baby sister stirs up some expected unhappiness—but all's well that ends well. There are several other stories. This lasts 150 minutes, so you’ll want to watch it in several sittings unless you are going cross country with an Angelina fan. available now on DVD. 4 & up.

Still top rated, Angelina Ballerina Friends Forever and Rose Fairy Princess, both PLATINUM winners. Look for Angelina Ballerina books, as well.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Swimmy
(Scholastic $14.95 Score:) Many of Leo Lionni’s stories not only tell a good tale, they say something meaningful without being overly didactic. Swimmy is a delightful story about cooperation. Frederick speaks to the importance of dreaming as well as planning ahead. There are three more Lionni books and, as a bonus, there are two other delightful books: Each Peach Pear Plum by the Ahlbergs and Hush Little Baby by Aliki. 4 & up.

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

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2008 Award
Baby Brains, The Smartest Baby in the World
(by Smon James, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

What a joy to find a tall tale like Baby Brains in a perfect little package with a DVD that reverses to a CD, a hard covered book and play stickers and scene for retelling the Simon James’ funny story. It’s about a precocious baby who grows up very fast and is so smart he is picked to travel to outer space. But smart as he is there is something missing. Baby Brains is taking a space walk when he announces to the world that he wants his Mommy! Early school-aged kids will see the humor and truth in this funny little story.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Awards
Make Way For Ducklings..and more delightful duck stories
(Scholastic $12.95 Score:)

There is one live action story in this collection, Angus and the Ducks, based on Marjorie Flck’s classic Scottie dog, Angus. All the other well known and award winning storybooks here are done with music and moving camera to enliven the still images. So, for a generation of kids who have grown up on animation, this may look odd. That said, this disk has several storybooks that every child should know. Robert McCLoskey’s Make Way for Ducklings was the winner of the Caldecott award in 1942 and remains a beauty of a book to see on screen and between covers. Also on this DVD, The Story About Ping, a little duck who strays too far from home and lives with the consequences as well as the punishment, he was trying to avoid. This has long been a favorite. 3-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Awards
Corduroy...and more stories about caring
(Scholastic $14.95 Score:)

Only one story featured on this DVD is animated, that is the classic tale of The Happy Lion with its jolly illustrations by Roger Duvoisin brought to life with mild animation. The other stories featured, Corduroy, Mike Mulligan and I Love You Like Crazy Cakes are done with moving camea that zooms in and out, but no animated action. For some children this may be a deal breaker. We hope not. This collection of noteworthy picture books includes a read along feature that beginning readers will enjoy. They are paced slow enough so that beginners will have no problem following along.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Owl Babies
(Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Another gem by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson are brought together in a marvelous package that is a perfect take along on trips or for quiet times at home. Three little owls awake to find their Mommy is gone. The three comfort themselves by sitting close to each other in a tree top awaiting her return. All's well that ends well and this small tale of separation is a reassuring one that speaks to a common childhood concern. The story is lightly animated on DVD with art adapted from the original illustrations. Or, flip the disk and open the book and follow along with the narration that has signals for when to turn the page. Like other sets in the Candlewick series there are stickers based on the art and a scene for moving the play pieces about and retelling the story…or making up further adventures. All in all a great play values! 3-6

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2003 Award
Where the Wild Things Are
(Scholastic $14.95 Score:) Welcome back! For years Children's Circle videos were the benchmark of excellence in the world of children's videos bringing award winning storybooks classics to the video screen. For the past several years they were only available to libraries. Now part of the collection has been reintroduced at an affordable price for the home market. This represents the best news to the world of children's videos! Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen are delightfully narrated by Peter Schickele and The Nutshell Library is sung by Carole King. How wonderful that Sendak's art comes to life for a new generation! 4-8.

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

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