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2002 Award
Dr. Barbie and Kelly Doll
(Mattel $19.99 Score:) Dr. Barbie gives Kelly a checkup with all the props, including a scale! Set is available in Caucasian, African-American, Asian, and Hispanic versions. We also like the idea of active Barbies playing soccer or swimming. For pure silliness and fun, Starlight Fairy Barbie has lights that spin around her waist (a la lights you buy at a circus). Nutcracker Barbie also promises to be at the top of wish lists!

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2002 Award
Badger's Parting Gifts
(Reading Rainbow / GPN $23.95 Score:) Based on Susan Varley's picture book about an old badger who dies but is remembered by his friends, this video explores the way people deal with the loss of a loved one. The story may be helpful for talking about feelings of loss. A sequence with snatches of the Alvin Ailey dance company's Revelations is the best part of this video.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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Ameilia's Moving Pictures
(Pleasant Company $ Score:) Fans of the many Amelia books may enjoy seeing this storybook character come to life. Reflecting Amelia's fondness of keeping her journal, the visual motifs of her notebook and pictures as well as her "creative" ideas and runaway imagination are woven into the video. Of course, the business of leaving a best friend behind and starting at a new school can't be so neatly solved, but this may help school-age fans of Amelia. 22 mins.

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2002 Awards
A Trip to the Dentist Through Pinatta's View
(Boggle-Goggle $14.95 Score:) Move over, Oprah! Pinatta, a lively talk show star-puppet, hosts a preschooler and her mom on the subject of going to the dentist. Practicing is one way to overcome fears about a first trip to the dentist, and this includes a nice blend of live-action footage with puppets.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Sing Down the Moon
(Willie Bell Music $18.99 Score:) Here's an artful blend of music and storytelling with a southern twang! Billed as musical theater for the family, these Appalachian tales, produced by the Theatre of the First Amendment at George Mason University, are performed by a winning cast of actors and singers with a refreshingly regional sound of their own! There are two disks full of Jack tales and other mountain lore to enjoy- one story at a time, or from start to finish.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. 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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2002 Award
Giants, Ghost, and Goblins
(Barefoot Books, Barefoot Books $19.99 Score:) Jerry Nelson uses a delightful variety of voices as he brings to life Giants, Ghosts, and Goblins, a collection of suspenseful tales from around the world on two CDs. Nelson is narrating from book of the same name by John Matthews/illus. by Giovani Manna ($19.95). Unlike listening to a novel, this has several stories to listen to in shorter sessions. Grandmother's Stories, subtitled Wise Woman Tales From Many Cultures, narrated by Olympia Dukakis, looked promising but not ready for testing.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Be a Hula Girl
(Kuleana Productions $14.95 Score:) We were testing a luau craft kit when this wonderful dancing video arrived from Hawaii. Our 8-year-old testers followed every motion and learned how to dance and move to the traditional music. We liked how the instructor kept reminding them to smile! You can buy the video alone, or with a raffia skirt and beads ($24.95). This would be fun to use for a luau party.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Families of the World Series
(Master Communications $19.95 Score:) Narrated by a child from the featured country, these are low on energy but high on information about the food, work, school, and customs, told from a child's point of view. More like social studies films for school or libraries, these are nevertheless one way to introduce kids to faraway places. Earlier videos cover, among other places, China, Thailand, Mexico, India, and this year, Korea and Israel. 30 minutes.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Dragonwings
(Laurence Yep HarperChildren's Audio, HarperChildren's Audio $29.95 Score:) At last an unabridged version of this award-winning story of a Chinese boy who comes to live with a father he has never known. Set in San Francisco in 1909, this is a memorable and inspiring story about the immigrant experience. Narrated by Tony award winner B.D. Wong.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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