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Product Type: Videos
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Storybook Videos

 


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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New Friends: Cliffords Puppy Days
(Scholastic $14.98 Score:) There are lots of stories and activities on this DVD based on Norman Bridwell's storybooks. This animated cartoon show has plenty of positive messages packed into the mix. We could have done without the suspense of a story called the "Monster in 3B." Of course there is no monster, but why present the possibility to threes? That said, this is otherwise a pretty good video for preschoolers. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. 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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2006 Award
Bob the Builder, Bob's Big Plan
(HIT Entertaiment $14.99 Score:) If “yes, we can” is big in your house, then The Live Show from this live-action stage 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. New for 2006, Bob’s Big Plan is about saving a little town from being urbanized—a pretty big concept for the preschool crowd. Also, Help is on the Way! includes a story about a movie, “The Invasion of the Giant Bug.” We guess this was designed to explain scary things away as Bob assures Spud it’s just special effects and nothing to worry about. But the images of a giant bug on top of a skyscraper may override the verbal message. We’d pass on this one. 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: 2006.

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2006 Award
Caillou's Family Fun
(Warner Bros. $12.95 Score:) Caillou is older than Maisy, less noisy than Elmo, and paced just right for young viewers. This year’s new entry centers on Caillou’s learning to take photos with his dad’s old camera and seeing photos of the family from the past. It also includes a story about meeting new people. Still recommended are Caillou at Play () —playground and friendship issues such as sharing and getting along are center stage here—as well as Caillou’s Neighborhood () and Caillou the Explorer () PLATINUM AWARD ’02, which explored transportation from a child’s point of view.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Bear Snores On...and other stories to celebrate the seasons
(Scholastic $14.95 Score:) Bear Snores On was a Platinum Book Award winner in 2004 and it losses none of its charm as it is brought to life on the video screen. There is next to no animation and the pace is slow-as is the book. Just right for settling down for a cozy nap or enjoying a snowing day indoors. On ths same disk you’ll find Lois Ehlerts paper cuts taking on a new life in Waiting for Wings, the story of the metamorphosis from eggs to caterpillars to butterflies. A good early science book.Also featured here a waiting for rain story, Come On, Rain! Plus, Time of Wonder and Snow Cat.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Awards
Bear Snores On
(Scholastic $14.95 Score:) One of our all-time favorite storybooks is brought to life with the same charm as the book. Bear sleeps all winter long and awakes to find a lair full of his woodland friends. Charming. DVD also includes Waiting for Wings, featuring the stunning artwork of Lois Ehlert and Come On, Rain! by Karen Hess. 3 &up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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