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

 


2003 Award
Max
(Reading Rainbow / GPN $23.95 Score:) Max, unlike his super-hero family, couldn't get off the ground as a flyer. A reassuring story about living up to expectations, your own and others'. Host LeVar Burton also explores the many ordinary ways that people of any age can be heroes. Still top rated: Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, a musical counting book plus young musicians at Juilliard and a rhythmic percussive performance by Stomp. 5 & up. (800) 228-4630.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
Bob the Builder: Building Friendships
(HIT Entertaiment $14.99 Score:) Bob and his crew of talking building machines are featured in four little stories that focus on cooperation, have a small dose of tension, and are not scary. Also, for kids who can't get enough of Bob, bring home Teamwork (four) with four stories not seen on television. 3 & up.

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

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2004 Award
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
( $9.95 Score:) Farmer Brown's cows and hens are on strike. They want electric blankets, or else no milk or eggs. A prize-winning story translated to the screen, narrated by Randy Travis with down-home music. Also on this video, two other farm stories: "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash" and "The Pig's Wedding." Still top-rated from this series, Chrysanthemum , PLATINUM AWARD '03, Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Mary Beth Hurt narrate three wonderful picturebooks by Kevin Henkes. 4-7.

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

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Good Night, Gorilla
(Scholastic $9.95 Score:) Peggy Rathmann's storybook narrated by Anthony Edwards is a charming good-night story about the animals at the zoo who keep escaping to go to sleep with the zoo keeper and his wife. Surprisingly, "How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?" loses most of its humor when translated to video. The tape also includes the classics "Happy Birthday, Moon" and "The Napping House." 4-7.

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

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2004 Award
Little House On the Prarie
(- Not Selected - $49.95 Score:) Imagine a whole generation who knows Melissa Gilbert only from infomercials. Feel old? New fans of the books asked, "There was a show?" The first and second seasons (which are truer to the books) are available on six CD sets. Fun to see again and share with your kids!

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

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Angelina Ballerina: The Magic of Dance
(HIT Entertaiment $12.99 Score:) Many Angelina story lines have been "notched up" with more tears, squeals, and edgy moments than usual this season. It's not terrible, but less would have been more. In "William the Conjurer," William uses his father's magic box and thinks he has made Angelina disappear! In "Angelina and Grandma," a special tutu that Miss Lilly wore when she was a girl gets ripped by accident. Mother is away, and Grandma is busy getting ready for a friend's party and impatient with Angelina. In "Miss Lilly Comes to Dinner," Angelina is worried about impressing her teacher. Finally, a special day is almost spoiled, thanks to many unpleasant exchanges between sneaky Sammy and gullible William, in "Angelina's Valentine." Between the stories there are live-action clips of young dancers. The new Lights, Camera, Action video has the same unnecessary contrived fear and nastiness in two episodes—one with a witch, and another with mice who exclude William. Still top rated, Angelina Ballerina Friends Forever and Rose Fairy Princess, both PLATINUM winners. (866) 587-1778.

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

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2005 Award
Caillou At Play
(Warner Bros. $12.95 Score:) Caillou is older than Maisy, less noisy than Elmo, and paced just right for young viewers. Playground and friendship issues like sharing and getting along are center stage here. Also recommended, Caillou's Neighborhood and Caillou the Explorer PLATINUM AWARD '02, which explored transportation from a child's point of view.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
(Scholastic $9.95 Score:) Farmer Brown's cows and hens are on strike. They want electric blankets, or else: no milk or eggs! A prize-winning story translated to the screen, narrated by Randy Travis with down-home music. Still top rated from this series: Good Night Gorilla and Chrysanthemum, PLATINUM AWARD '03. Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Mary Beth Hurt narrate three wonderful picture books by Kevin Henkes. 4–7.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Make Way for Ducklings
(Scholastic $9.95 Score:) Parents and even grandparents have grown up with Robert McCloskey's three beloved Caldecott Award winners on this video. "Make Way for Ducklings" tells the jolly tale of Mr. & Mrs. Mallard, who find a home for their ducklings Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack. McCloskey's drawings have not been animated, but they retain superb vitality as the camera pans and zooms in on his jaunty ducklings and their world. There's delicious suspense in "Blueberries for Sal," and summer in Maine is beautifully encapsulated in "Time of Wonder." You'll find two more favorites, "Lentil" and "Burt Dow," plus a Spanish version of "Ducklings" and read-along features that make the DVD version worth the higher price. 4–8.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Strega Nona & More
(Scholastic $9.95 Score:) A collection of Caldecott award winners includes Tomie dePaola's best loved witch, Strega Nona, and her foolish helper Big Anthony, who is warned not to touch the magic cooking pot. Also, Simms Taback's "Joseph Had a Little Overcoat," the tale of a worn-out overcoat that proves through its many incarnations that "you can always make something from nothing." Similarly, Marcia Brown's "Stone Soup" is an old tale of three clever soldiers who manage to make soup from a stone. The DVD version also includes "The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks," plus Spanish versions of "Stone Soup" and "Strega Nona," and read-along text. This does not look like a Saturday morning animated feature, but is true to the spirit and art of the award-winning books. Also reissued this year, Curious George Rides a Bike & More Tales of Mischief ($9.95/$14.95) 3–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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