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Product Type: Videos
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: How Things Work

 


2001 Award
Works: Fabulous Foods
(Sony $12.95 Score:) The best title in this "Work" series looks at familiar products and how they are made. Here, learn how apple juice, yogurt, bread, blueberries, and pasta are made. Footage of cows being milked and blueberries being cleaned and sorted fascinated our testers. In My House looks at flowers, mail service, and how bricks, baskets, and pottery are made. Narrated by kids who wear a "magic" hat, these are pretty straightforward-not incredibly compelling, but informative for "how do they do that?" curiosity. Fun and Games was a disappointingly slow look at how crayons and toys are made. Will be enjoyed by the next age group. 4-9

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

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2001 Award
The Blue Angels: In Pursuit of Excellence
(Dreams Come True $14.98 Score:) Get a sense of the precision involved, not just in flying in formation in shows, but at all times as the Blue Angels' team of more than 100 works together to make it all happen. Amazing footage puts you right in the cockpit and for a few heady moments you too will have the wings of an angel! The Big Airshow from the same company was too slow paced for our testers. 7 & up.

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

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2002 Award
Caillou the Explorer
(Warner Brothers, Warner Bros. $12.95 Score:) Welcome to the newest kid on the block! Caillou is older than Maisy, less noisy than Elmo, and paced just right for young viewers. Combining animation with live-action film, this video explores various forms of transportation (trains, boats, and planes) from a small boy's point of view. Unlike many, Caillou is about the "here and now" world of childhood, going places that kids will find entertaining and informative (3-5).

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

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The Big Auto Plant
(Little Mammoth Media, Little Mammoth Media $14.95 Score:) Clear, but not very compelling, footage of how a car (a Mercedes M-Class) is built. Of limited special interest. Also, The Big Boom! (***.5) Explore an active volcano, follow a demolition team as it implodes a 22-story building, and watch supersonic jets flying faster than the speed of sound. Some of the offered factoids about sound vibrations are a stretch for young viewers. 6 & up. Favorite in this series, The Big Space Shuttle (*****), with splendid footage of the shuttle, astronauts in training, and space camp. 5 & up. Platinum Award '99. (800) 543-8433.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Building Big
(WGBH, WGBH $69.95 Score:) David McCaulay, author of the award-winning The Way Things Work, takes viewers on an exploration of Bridges, Domes, Skyscrapers, Dams, and Tunnels in each of five videos, each followed with activity ideas for building related structures with straws, newspaper, and tape. These are uneven; for example, the Bridges video is more compelling than Dams--but these held the interest of older viewers. (800) 949-8670.

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

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2002 Award
The Magic School Bus Gets Planted
(Kid Vision, Kid Vision $12.95 Score:) Newest in the adventures of Ms. Frizzle and her class, Phoebe gets transformed into a giant vine and needs to learn what she needs to grow. Still top rated: Magic School Bus Greatest Adventures ($12.95 *****). A compilation of best videos that includes Busasaurus, a journey back into the time of dinosaurs (Platinum Award '98);...Gets Lost in Space and ...In A Pickle. The series features the wacky Ms. Frizzle (voice of Lily Tomlin) and her class. Many recent entries have been more cartoonish than educational. Recommended prior winners: ...Getting Energized, a look at different types of energy: ...Gets Ants in its Pants, a trip into the social world of ants; and The Magic School Bus for Lunch, a journey through the digestive system. Paltinum Award '96.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Lemonade for Sale
(Reading Rainbow/GPN, Reading Rainbow / GPN $23.95 Score:) From simple bar graphs to the stock exchange, this is a look at the world of business. Featuring Stuart Murphy's Lemonade For Sale, which makes a better video than book. Still top-rated: Math Curse, Jon Scieszka's Platinum Award winning book speaks to the big idea that math is part of just about everything we do. A trip to a giant FedEx center and the studio of an artist designing a giant mural show kids that whatever they do, math is a piece of the pie. Platinum Award '00. Also, How Much is a Million? helps kids conceptualize what a million represents--includes a visit to a Crayola factory. Platinum Award '97. Closed-captioned. (800) 228-4630.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2000 Award
Sesame Street Let's Eat!
(Sony $12.95 Score:) Billed as Funny Food Songs, Grover the waiter (who works at Planet Storybook) and his pals serve up a lot of good advice about the most important meal of the day with a ditty called "Cereal Girl." That's just for openers. There's a trip to a pasta factory, foods that we like that animals eat, and a visit with a picky eater. As always, Sesame Street manages to deliver information wrapped in good humor instead of the typical food pyramid preachment.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2006 Award
Firefighter George and Amazing Airplanes
(Starts Smarter $14.99 Score:) From private planes to huge jets, this gives children an inside view of how planes are piloted and maintained. Without getting too technical, there is a fair amount of information here, and female as well as male pilots. The only downside to this video is host Firefighter George, who is a bit over the top in enthusiasm, but that did not bother our young viewers. They say 2-8, we'd say more like 3 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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