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1996 Awards
Spot's Magical Christmas
(Disney $12.99 Score:) It's almost Christmas and Santa's sleigh is lost! Two of Santa's reindeer enlist Spot and his friends to help them find it. Lucky Spot not only spots the sleigh, he gets a magical ride to Santa's workshop! A charmer! Closed-captioned. 2-6.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1996.

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1995 Award
Sesame Street Celebrates Around the World
(Sony $14.95 Score:) If you lived in Portugal you would celebrate the New Year by making wishes and eating 12 grapes, one for every month of the year. With music and humor, Big Bird and friends introduce viewers to children and customs in many parts of the world. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1996 Award
The Santa Clause
(Disney $22.99 Score:) Tim Allen stars as a divorced father who quite by accident becomes Santa and discovers a lot about himself and his relationships. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1996.

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1995 Awards
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
(Sony $9.95 Score:) Who better than Walter Mathau to narrate the tale of the grumpy, cold-hearted curmudgeon whose ways are changed by the spirit of giving and loving in the Christmas season? 4-8. The Grinch (Universal ***), the Jim Carey version, is way too scary for very young children. The explosions and destruction of Whoville, for example, were way over the top for preschoolers. School-aged kids will enjoy the elaborate set and Carey's extremely dark and Grinchy portrayal.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1995 Award
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse
(Sony $9.95 Score:) Young Emily, a country mouse (who happens to sing country music), takes off for the city for a Christmas visit with her sophisticated cousin, Alexander, the city mouse. Based on Aesop's fable, this gem is performed by Crystal Gayle and John Lithgow. Closed-captioned. 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1998 Award
Giving Thanks
(Reading Rainbow / GPN $23.95 Score:) Opening with a Native American's Good Morning Message written by Chief Jake Swamp, this handsome video celebrates the beauty and bounty of earth. It moves on to fascinating footage that shows how cranberries are harvested as well as a segment featuring city kids planting a tree on a city street, followed by a Native American woman making clay for pottery. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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2001 Award
Family Tree
(Warner Bros. $19.96 Score:) An inspiring story of a nine-year-old boy and an old man who stand up and defend the ancient oak tree that is due to be chopped down to make room for a factory. An old-fashioned movie about courage. Cast includes Cliff Robertson and Naomi Judd. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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1994 Awards
Where the Wild Things Are
(by Maurice Sendak, HarperCollins $15 Score:) When Max is punished by being sent to his room without dinner, her embarks on one of the most remarkable fantasy romps in children's literature. Some fours may enjoy this, but it's a better choice for slightly older kids who understand the difference between real and make-believe. 5 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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1994 Awards
Amos and Boris
(by William Steig, Farrar Straus $17 Score:) Few storybooks capture so well the meaning of friendship as this classic tale of a small mouse and a giant whale and how they help each other-one with his brain and one with his brawn. Don't miss the majesty of this memorable story that may remind you of Aesop's Lion and Mouse. 5-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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1994 Awards
Millions of Cats
(by Wanda Gag, Grosset & Dunlap $12.95 Score:) What child has not heard and chanted the refrain "Hundreds of cats, thousands of cat, millions and billions and trillions of cats?" This rather longish folk-style tale about an old man who brings home too many cats has pleased children for more than 60 years and it's still a gem! 4 and up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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