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Product Type: Audio
Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2003 Award
Beethoven's Wig
(Rounder $12.98 Score:) A witty romp through the classics! Unless you consider trifling with classics an offense, you'll love this collection of zany lyrics set to Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and other composers of classical music. Although some of the lyrics are uneven, young (and not so young) listeners will get a laugh along with help in the game of "name that tune/composer." Beethoven's Fifth is likely to bring to mind the words of "Beethoven's Wig" and Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" may henceforth bring to mind a sleep-deprived singer who finds no sleep by counting sheep. Definitely not your Leonard Bernstein's "Young People's Concert" material-more like PDQ Bach for the very young and less sophisticated.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Charlotte's Web
(Listening Library $27 Score:) To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this well loved classic, it has been reissued on a three-CD set narrated by E. B. White, which provides an added historic dimension. While not as lively as some other narrators, he is a natural storyteller.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
This Land Is Your Land
(Woody Guthrie/illus. by Kathy Jakobsen, Little Brown $19.95 Score:) We gave this picturebook a Platinum Award years ago. Here's another case of making a good thing better: They've added a CD with the title song, plus eight other folk songs sung by Woody and Arlo Guthrie! All ages.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
Dreamland
(Putumayo $15.98 Score:) Soothing lullabies from many lands sung with authentic instruments in the language of each land. Songs from Brazil, Madagascar, Canada, Scotland, Japan, Argentina, and more. Perfect for snuggle-down time. All ages.

Age: Infants,Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Under the Shady Tree
(Two Tomatoes $14.99 Score:) Laurie Berkner is back with a happy collection of original music and a bright voice to match. Berkner has just the right balance of creating music for children with a strong musical quality that will appeal to parents as well. All ages.

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

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2004 Award
O Mickey, Where Art Thou?
(Disney $18.98 Score:) The leading Bluegrass singers are included in this collection of classic Disney songs with their own special twang. Songs include “Circle of Life,” “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” and “When You Wish upon a Star.” If you love bluegrass/country and Disney, this one’s for you. All ages.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Awards
Finding Nemo Read-along
(Disney $9.98 Score:) This CD/book set of this year’s runaway hit would make a great take-along choice for early school-age kids who have enjoyed the movie. Revisiting a story you already know builds confidence and can often engage a reluctant reader. Kids can read along in the 72-page book that follows the story of Nemo’s dad as he travels the Great Barrier Reef to rescue his son from a dentist’s fish tank in Sydney.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Fisher-Price Tuff Stuff Tape Recorder with Voice Warp
(Fisher-Price $34.99 Score:) The classic Fisher-Price Tuff Stuff Tape Recorder with Voice Warp did not get great feedback as a result of the new warping feature. Testers liked the sturdy quality of the machine but complained that the warping voices (monster, robot, alien, bunny) did not work well and detracted from the product. This product was being redesigned as we went to press.

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

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2005 Award
Fisher-Price Tuff Stuff Stereo CD Player
(Kid Design $59.99 Score:) Fisher-Price Tuff Stuff Stereo CD Player is a hefty player with safety lock that young kids can't open independently. Sound quality is very good and has a sing-along detachable microphone (you need to put your mouth on it to make it work best) and volume limiter. Adaptor is not included. 4 and up. Also available, the same basic machine but with a Barbie Motif. The Barbie Sing with Me CD Player ($59.99 ) has the same sturdy barrel shape with excellent sound quality. Also comes with plug-in mike and CD—we tested it with James Taylor and it's fine. 4 and up. (888) TOP-TOYS.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Disney Personal CD Player with Digital AM/FM Tuner
(Disney $49.99 Score:) Disney Personal CD Player with Digital AM/FM Tuner is a good choice for a first CD player, and comes in either the classic Disney red or with a princess motif. The Boombox ($49.99) from this line has a nice sound quality but the play buttons are not very clear. Hands down the best product in Disney's line is the Motorola Disney Classic Cordless Phone ($49.99), which combines Motorola quality with the spirit of Disney (when the phone rings it plays the theme from Mickey Mouse).

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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