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Product Type: Videos
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Coping with Real Life


2002 Award
Badger's Parting Gifts
(Reading Rainbow / GPN $23.95 Score:) Based on Susan Varley's picture book about an old badger who dies but is remembered by his friends, this video explores the way people deal with the loss of a loved one. The story may be helpful for talking about feelings of loss. A sequence with snatches of the Alvin Ailey dance company's Revelations is the best part of this video.

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

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2002 Award
Big Little Bill
(Paramount $12.95 Score:) Five-year-old Little Bill longs to be a big kid and succeeds in the several episodes presented here. There's none of the usual cartoon frenzy in these videos. Each story reinforces his sense of himself as a big boy who can help with a baby cousin, at the office, and even at a wedding. PLATINUM AWARD '02. Also top rated: What I Did at School, several episodes centering on Little Bill and his friends at school. New for 2003 , Merry Christmas Little Bill was not ready for screening. 4-6s.

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

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2003 Award
Arthur: The Good Sport
(SonyWonder $0.768875192604006 Score:) There are three stories that will appeal to sports-minded kids. In "The Good Sport," Francine has to get over not winning the Athlete of the Year Award. Champion figure skater Michele Kwan (our favorite!) helps Francine see her way to becoming a good sport. In "Muffy's Soccer Shocker," Muffy has to deal with her demanding coach-her dad! "Francine Frensky, Olympic Rider" is a funny story about dream of becoming an Olympic equestrienne. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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