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Product Type: Videos
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: How Things Work


1996 Awards
Cleared For Takeoff
(Fred Levine Productions $14.95 Score:) Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a fast-paced look at commercial aviation that follows a mother and three kids on a trip from start to finish. Interesting information and film footage takes kids behind the scenes at the airport. From the maker of the granddaddy of construction videos, Road and House Construction Ahead. 2 1/2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1996.

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1994 Awards
Doing Things
(Bo Peep Productions $14.95 Score:) Every video library should have Doing Things! With almost no talking or cutesy narrative, we watch kids and familiar barnyard animals go through the routines of the day-eating, washing, and playing. There's something new to see each time you watch. The cast of kids is multiethnic and the music is fun but not too intrusive. Doing Things leaves the talking to you and your kids. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1994.

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2001 Awards
Video Soup Mozart Nature Symphonies
(em-bry-on-ics $14.95 Score:) Disregard the "12 month & up" label. There's much to speak about as the sound track plays real, nonsynthesized Mozart that is perfectly in sync with breathtaking film clips of wildlife underwater, in the sky, from the North Pole to the South, and all points in between! Watch it together or play the music for its own sake. Trust us-it's a winner! 2 & up, up, up!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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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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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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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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2003 Award
Bob the Builder: Celebrate with Bob
(HIT Entertaiment $12.95 Score:) If you have a Bob the Builder fan, here's a collection of three stories that are less cloying than last year's bunch. Bob and his crew of talking building machines are featured in little stories that often focus on cooperation, have a small dose of tension, and are not scary. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
Blue's Clues Shapes and COlors
(Paramount $12.95 Score:) Joe and Blue play a lot of shape-hunting games with some licks of color thrown in. Not the most compelling hunt, but it's on the mark for kids who are working on such concepts. 3-5.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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2006 Award
JoJo's Circus Take a Bow!
(Disney $19.99 Score:) Designed as a think-and-move show for preschoolers, this lively DVD does get kids up on their feet and interacting, rather than just sitting there and watching—at least a bit. In each of the episodes, JoJo, a circus clown, and her friends learn some small but important lesson. In Story One, JoJo is told not to touch the button of the Clown machine, but she can’t resist and the robot clown throws pies that JoJo must clean up. She confesses, rather than lying, and learns that listening to directions is important. Each episode is followed with JoJo restating what she has learned. The pace of these stories is slow enough for the young viewer and the lessons are not so didactic as to spoil the fun. 21⁄2 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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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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