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1998 Award
Telling the Truth
(Sesame Street/Sony $12.98 Score:) Telly makes the mistake of telling a lie to impress his friends and then has to live with the consequences. Dennis Quaid makes a guest appearance and helps Telly face up to the truth. An age-appropriate retelling "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" parallels Telly's predicament. From the Kids' Guide to Life series. Also, Learning to Share, with Katie Couric. Closed-captioned 4-8

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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1998 Awards
Arthur's Eyes
(Random House/Sony $12.95 Score:) Arthur can't see the chalk board or make a basket. His eyeglasses solve those problems, but it's Arthur who must come to terms with being called four eyes. Also on the same video, "Francine's Bad Hair Day," deals with class picture day and Francine's longing to look like her "glamorous" friend, Muffy, while still wanting to be herself. Like other earlier videos in this series, these stay true to the well loved Arthur books. 5 & up. Also solid: Arthur Writes a Story and Arthur's Pet Business.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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1998 Award
Arthur's Eyes
(Random House/Sony $12.95 Score:) Arthur can't see the chalk board or make a basket. His eyeglasses solve those problems, but it's Arthur who must come to terms with being called four eyes. Also on the same video, "Francine's Bad Hair Day," deals with class picture day and Francine's longing to look like her "glamorous" friend, Muffy, while still wanting to be herself. Like other earlier videos in this series, these stay true to the well loved Arthur books. Also solid: Arthur Writes a Story and Arthur's Pet Business.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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2001 Award
Nature House
(TWC of America $11 Score:) This sturdy hut-shaped wooden house with screened sides makes a perfect temporary habitat for captured bugs. Also top rated, Soil Dweller Nature House Kit ($20). Kids can make their own earthworm or ant farm with this kit (approx. 8" x 11") with wooden frame and Plexiglas windows. Captive creatures can be returned to the wild with ease. 8 & up.

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

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2001 Award
Jumbalaya Jeans Kit
(Fashion Angels Enterprises $18 Score:) There is enough great stuff here to decorate the hems and legs of two pair of jeans with a great assortment of beads, fabric trims, and appliqués. Our parent tester noted that once you add appliqués, jeans can't be machine washed. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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Awards
Push/Pull Wagon
(Radio Flyer $60 Score:) Bigger than the classic red wagon, this plastic update has higher sides, a well, and a stout handle for pushing or pulling kids or cargo. This and the BLUE CHIP classic version are ideal for carting plants, tools, imaginary playmates—you name it.

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

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2000 Awards
Little Landscaper Mulching Mower
(Little Tikes $20 Score:) A good pretend prop for taking care of the lawn. Little Tikes also makes good kid's sized garden tools for raking leaves and digging in the garden.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Awards
Bibelot Bags Kit
(Fashion Angels Enterprises $14 Score:) Everyone wanted to do this kit! Comes with enough glass beads and other supplies for making two tiny (very tiny) beaded bags. The beads are "stuck" onto the special sticky surface—no sewing involved. They say 8—we'd say more like 10 & up. We also recommend this company's Alphabet Suite ($12) and Wrist Rox ($16) with enough beads for 36 bracelets.

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

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1999 Award
Sum Swamp
(Learning Resources $12.95 Score:) Players toss three dice, one with plus or minus signs as they move their critter through the swamp where they sometimes have to deal with odds and evens. Right on the mark for late first, early second grade. Also top rated, Timing it Right (good for reinforcing clock concepts). 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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2001 Awards
Safari Rush Hour
(ThinkFun $20 Score:)

The object of this brainteaser is to get your jeep safely out of the African Savannah by sliding around all the wild animals in your path. Comes with pattern problem moves from beginner to advanced level. Develops visual perception, strategy, and patience! This is a variation of Rush Hour, PLATINUM AWARD '98. 8 & up. Also fun, a Jr. version of Rush Hour. 6 & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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