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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Storybook Videos

 

 
2003 Awards
Chrysanthemum
(Scholastic $9.94 Score:) Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Mary Beth Hurt narrate three wonderful picturebooks by Kevin Henkes. Chrysanthemum is a tender tale of a mouse who loves her name until others tease her. Owen is a small mouse whose Mama helps him find a way to leave his security blanket at home when he goes to school. The third tale is about Wendell, a mouse who learns that he can't always be the boss. Also reissued, Where the Wild Things Are (5*'s). 4-8.

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

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2003 Award
Franklin Family Bonds
(USA Home Entertainment $12.95 Score:) There are two solid stories on this video. In "My Franklin," Bear becomes jealous of his baby sister's affection for Franklin. In "Franklin's Rival" he competes for his grandmother's attention when skunk comes to visit. He learns a hard lesson-that grandmas can love more than one child. The pace of these is on the mark. 4-7.

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

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Award
George & Martha Hippo Hoedown!
(Sony $12.95 Score:) This second collection of stories based on James Marshall's characters is more age-appropriate for preschoolers than the first. Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin add their wonderful voices as George and Martha, a pair of best-friend hippos. With pleasing animation, the stories focus on their friendship: "The Sleepwalker," "The Play's the Thing," "Costumed Duo," and "The Dance Recital." They're a little slow in pace. 4-7.

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

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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
Kipper Fun in the Sun
(HIT Entertaiment $9.99 Score:) This series seems to be back on track for the two-and-up crowd with the simple stories and adventures of Kipper, the dog and his friends, Tiger and Arnold. Seven short stories include "The Rescue," "Clouds," "The Farm," and "Crazy Golf." We'd pass on last year's Kipper Imagine That! (three), which included a hunt for scary creatures and other more Saturday-morning-ish cartoon cliches. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Little Bear: Feel Better, Little Bear
( $9.99 Score:) This series continues to be one of the best for preschoolers with age-appropriate stories about friendship and family. Feel Better, Little Bear includes four stories about getting the mumps, a pretend picnic, having the flu, and eating too many sweets. Still top rated, Little Bear's Band; Summertime Tales; A Kiss for Little Bear; Friends; Winter Tales; and Goodnight, Little Bear (five). Forget Little Goblin Bear (two), a seasonal attempt at a safe scare with several dream sequences that may be edgy for some viewers. PLATINUM AWARD '03. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. 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.

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2005 Award
Bob the Builder: The Live Show
(HIT Entertaiment $14.99 Score:) If "yes, we can" is big in your house, then this live-action show will be a hit. When the talking trucks first make an appearance, it is pretty neat. It's a lot like Barney—if you're four, it's really great fun; if you're forty, you'll want to bang your head against the wall. There's also the new Snowed Under where Bob and gang go the Bobblesberg Winter Games (we kid you not!) and still top-rated Building Friendships. 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. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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