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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Notable Children's Videos
The American Presidents: Revolution and the New Nation; Expansion and Reform, 1754–1861.
45min. Disney, DVD, $29.99.
Using period art, animation, and interviews with historians, this humorous and entertaining film introduces America’s first 11 presidents and the birth and expansion of the new nation. The first title in Disney’s American Presidents film series includes an educators’ guide and interactive whiteboard features.
Anatomy of a Puff. 15min. Human Relations, DVD, $189.
Every cigarette contains thousands of dangerous chemicals. A teen host clearly exposes about a dozen of these in a live-action, respectful, nonfiction format.
Chicken Little. 8min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
Rebecca and Ed Emberley’s hilarious retelling of the adventures of a gullible bird and his friends includes lively animation, Walter Mayes’ expressive narration, and Michael Bacon’s plucky music. The colorful collage rendering of the friends’ silly escapades is a comic extravaganza!
Cliques: Where Do You Fit In? 15min. Human Relations, DVD, $179.
Live-action interviews with middle-school students intermix with graphic-novel animation in coverage of a timely subject. Students discuss their personal experiences in an approachable manner. Friendship circles as a positive alternative to cliques are also addressed.
Crow Call. 18min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
This is a heartwarming story of a young girl who gets reacquainted with her father during a hunting trip after he returns from the war. This iconographic depiction also includes an author interview.
The Curious Garden. 10min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
In a dreary, industrial city, Liam finds a neglected garden and brings it back to life. This environmental tale, animated by Soup2Nuts, includes an interview with author Peter Brown. The 2011 Andrew Carnegie Award winner.
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. 20min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
The 2002 Caldecott Honor book is brought to life with music by Ernest V. Troost and narration by Jonathan Pryce. Waterhouse Hawkins’ love of dinosaurs and his desire to share them with the world are depicted in an iconographic format.
Getting to Know Edgar Degas. 22min. Getting to Know, DVD, $29.95.
Through the use of iconography, photographs, and animation, this program follows Edgar Degas as he presents the influences in his life that led him to become an artist.
Katie Loves the Kittens. 8min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
A spunky dog named Katie can barely contain her excitement when her owner comes home with three kittens. Lively animation brings this loving story to life with feeling and humor.
Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken. 12min. Nutmeg, DVD, $49.95.
Louise leaves her friends in the henhouse to go out into the world in search of adventure. A trio of harrowing experiences shows her that there really is no place like home.
May I Pet Your Dog? 13min. Nutmeg, DVD, $49.95.
Harry the dachshund is the adorable star of this informational story that teaches children how to treat dogs in a kind, responsible manner. Concluding with doggie do’s and don’ts, this iconographic, fact-filled program shows children how to interact safely with dogs.
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. 9min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
Wilbur’s fashion sense shocks the other naked mole rats—he likes to wear clothes! Will Grand-pah banish Wilbur from the colony? Mo, Cheryl, and Trixie Willems narrate this animated story of an unconventional hero.
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! 7min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
Pigeon finds a delicious hot dog but is not sure he wants to share it with an inquisitive little duckling. Who will find the solution? Mo and Trixie Willems narrate this raucous animated adaptation that includes an interview with the animator.
The Pluto Files. 60min. PBS, DVD, $24.99.
Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this entertaining live-action journey, based on his book of the same title, which explores the history of the 1930 discovery of Pluto and the current controversy surrounding its demotion to a nonplanet.
Songs of Freedom. 27min. Blue Sky Project, DVD, $35.
Storyteller Phyllis Wade relates the moving tale of a girl and her family’s escape from slavery. Musicians from the University of Rochester provide spirited music in this multilayered live-action film.
Splat the Cat. 9min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
Splat is nervous about his first day at school so he takes along his best friend, a mouse. Craziness ensues as Splat discovers that cats really do chase mice! A rollicking animated adventure.
Spoon. 7min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
Spoon becomes discouraged when he begins to compare himself to others. With help from his family and friends, he comes to realize the value of his uniqueness in this lively animated film. Bonus sections include an author interview and information on the creation and production of the background music.
That Book Woman. 12min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
Cal has no use for reading. But that book woman keeps trudging up the Appalachian Mountains to bring more books—for free! This iconographic video depicting a packhorse librarian and a reluctant reader is a real gem.
Two Bobbies. 12min. Nutmeg, DVD, $49.95.
Narrated by authors Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery, this iconographic adaptation of a friendship story between a cat and a dog is based on an actual case following Hurricane Katrina. The pets’ devotion and love keep the two friends alive until they find a stable home.
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