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Product Type: Videos
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Music and Activities

 


2010 Award
Come On, Let's Go!
(Susie Tallman, Rock Me Baby Records $15.99 Score:)

Each of the classic songs is produced with a small "story" that is either danced or illustrated with animated images and sung by Susie Tallman. The collection is made up largely of familiar songs such as Puff the Magic Dragon. Fie Little Ducks, I've Been Working on the Railroad and other such favorites. They are no over done, yet there is just enough action to entertain. The opening number, Let's Go is probably our least favorite and some kids may not like the "clown" type fellow in high hat and funny makeup who recites some nonsense verses, but you can just skip over the ones you don't love. All in all this is a good music DVD for preschoolers. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Awards
Scholastic Storybook Treasures Sing-Along Travel Kit
(Scholastic $24.99 Score:)

You may want to be sure about overlap, since some of the story songs in this collection are on other Scholastic disks you already own. This one features songs such as Wheels on the Bus, There was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, and other favorites. The complete set has 15 old favorite musical storybooks that are fun to take along or enjoy at home. Also included are crayons, an activity booklet, a 13 song CD and travel ideas for parents.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Wake Up, Clarinet!
(Oran Etkin, Timbalooloo $16.99 Score:)

Well known jazz clarinetist Oran Etkin introduces his own "Timbalooloo" method for get young children involved in moving and responding to the music. This is not just a sit there and watch kind of CD, it has tracks that will also play as a DVD. The music is original and anything but the usual kiddie fare. For parents who especially like jazz, this is a good place to start with younger listeners. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2000 Awards
Blues Clues Series
(Paramount $12.95 Score:) Preschoolers love being in the know by finding Blue's clues before Steve, the host, finds them. New for 2001, Blue's Safari, which centers on identifying animals and looks at how adult animals care for their babies, is our top pick this year. In Magenta Comes Over, viewers are asked to pair related costumes, e.g., those of a lifeguard and a swimmer, and an umpire and a baseball player. One of the pairings is an astronaut and a four-eyed alien. We question the importance of four-eyed aliens for preschoolers! Other than that, it's on the mark. Blue's Big Musical Adventure is 78 mins. long! That's a lot of Blue with big musical numbers. The cast is planning to put on a show and Steve's searching for Blue's singing partner. Closed-captioned. 2-5 Still top rated: Blue's Clues Rhythm and Blue, PLATINUM AWARD '00 and Blue's Clues Story Time, PLATINUM AWARD '99. Thumbs down for Blue's Big Treasure Hunt, ABC's, and 123's, which takes a wrong-headed turn in the road. This is not the audience for reading and spelling lessons!

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

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1997 Awards
Cathy & Marcy's Song Shop
(Community Music $14.95 Score:) If you're looking for music videos to actively engage kids, these are for you! On "Yodel-Ay-Hee-Hoo!!!" kids sing along, learn to yodel, and even sign along in American Sign Language. "Is Not, Is Too!" also has plenty of audience participation. Using a hammered dulcimer, banjo, and guitar with a blend of traditional and new songs, Cathy and Marcy make real music for the whole family! 4& up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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1999 Award
Clap To It!
(Go Kid Productions $12.95 Score:) You and your kids will love learning these clapping games and rhymes to play with friends or family. We laughed out loud as we tried to keep up with the kids who demo and then teach you traditional clapping games that would be fun for a party. Thank goodness for the rewind button! 5-9

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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Elmo's World
(Sony $12.95 Score:) We found the production below the usual high standard set by Sesame Street. In the first segment, Elmo watches kids who dance and then makes the distinction that mailboxes and birthday cakes don't dance but he does-really! The dumbed-down content was more irritating than inspiring. The producers probably didn't intend for kids to watch all 50 minutes of Elmo in one sitting-we had trouble staying with the first 10.

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

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1997 Awards
Fiesta!
(Sony $12.95 Score:) A lively Sesame Street video with many songs performed in both English and Spanish, introducing kids to counting, colors, and familiar music with a Latin beat. 2 1/2 & up. Also top rated: Get Up & Dance and PLATINUM AWARD'97 winner, Elmocize.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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1995 Awards
Raffi on Broadway
( $19.95 Score:) A real musical experience with the "eco-troubadour" singing many old favorites such as "Baby Beluga." We could have done without the pessimism of "Will I Ever Grow Up?" but kids probably hear it as a song of longing rather than doubt. 4 & up. Also classic: Raffi in Concert

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

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2000 Awards
Sing Along Songs
(Disney $12.99 Score:) Over the years we have found some of the Sing Along tapes a better alternative for preschoolers than the feature-length films that are too scary for young viewers. However, these are uneven and sometimes include clips that are not for all ages. We suggest renting and previewing before you buy. We do like the way the words to the songs bounce along the bottom of the screen so kids who can read can sing along. Closed-captioned. New for 2002, Winnie the Pooh Sing a Song with Tigger is a solid good choice with some new music from the Tigger movie. 4 & up.

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

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