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Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems. Weston Woods. 18min. $60. 800-243-5020.
Playful penguins slip and slide and dive and jive to original musical tempos in Judy Sierra’s delightful collection of poems about a colony of emperor penguins living in Antarctica. Each poem is enhanced by charmingly animated interpretations in this 2001 Andrew Carnegie Medal winner.
Black Cat. Spoken Arts. 9min. $49.95. 800-326-4090.
With New York City as his home, Black Cat roams through neighborhoods and streets to the rhythms of original music in a classical jazzy style. Avery Brooks narrates this outstanding iconographic video of Christopher Myers’ award winning book.
Bully Dance. Bullfrog. 10min. $99. 800-543-3764.
The universal problem of bullies is powerfully illustrated through the interactions of stick people and a pulsating beat that intensifies as a bully relentlessly stalks his victim. Wordless animation explores the complexities of conflict resolution.
Cuckoo, Mr. Edgar! National Film Board of Canada. 14min. $99. 800-542-2164.
Mr. Edgar, a cuckoo-clock bird, lives an extremely orderly yet lonely life, until three orphaned baby birds find their way into his home and his heart. Outstanding computer animation and a lively soundtrack enhance this touching story of hope and love.
Duke Ellington. Weston Woods. 15min. $60. 800-243-5020.
Duke Ellington’s biography and legacy as “King of the Keys” is brought to life in the swing and sway of an edited soundtrack that features some of his original music. Forest Whitaker narrates this iconographic version of the award-winning book written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.
George and Martha. Sony Wonder. 45min. $9.98. 212-833-8374.
Like all best friends, George and Martha occasionally struggle to maintain their harmonious friendship, especially when having to deal with hurt feelings, jealousies, divergent interests, and misunderstandings. Using James Marshall’s beloved hippopotamus characters, four animated original short stories are brought to life through the voices of Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin.
Korea: Yu Sings Pansori. New Dimension Media. 7min. $59 (pp); $99 (multisite use). 800-288-4456.
Yu, a six-year-old boy, provides a fascinating look at Korean opera, known as Pansori. In this lively documentary with rich rhythmical background music, Yu shares his life of study and training as he learns from his master to sing, act, and play percussion instruments.
Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist. Devine Entertainment. 55min. $19.98. 877-338-4633.
American artist Mary Cassatt’s artistic solitude in Paris in 1878 is interrupted by the arrival of her teenage niece and two younger siblings. Disruption turns into inspiration as Cassatt begins using the young people as models for her artwork. This fictionalized biography starring Amy Brenneman offers a glimpse into the life of an independent, talented woman who was ahead of her time.
Peter Pan. New Video Group. 104min. $19.95. 800-314-8822.
With its attention to detail, this skillfully filmed version of a family classic is more than a videotaping of a smash-hit Broadway musical. An outstanding and dynamic state-of-the-art production provides viewers with a choice seat for the very magical performance of Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan.
The Scrambled States of America. Weston Woods. 15min. $60. 800-243-5020.
The states decide to take a vacation from their fixed locations and swap spots. Using a wealth of unique regional voices and witty animation, this fast-paced video includes facts and fun in a highly original geography lesson.
Strega Nona. (Spanish Language Version). Weston Woods. 9min. $29.95. 800-243-5020.
Narrated in Spanish, Tomie dePaola’s beloved story of Strega Nona, Big Anthony, and the magic pasta pot comes alive in this delightfully animated video. Originally produced background music enhances this high-quality adaptation of a Caldecott Honor book.
Tiny’s Hat. Spoken Arts. 7min. $49.95. 800-326-4090.
A young girl misses her traveling dad, who is a trumpet player. The healing part music plays in our lives is conveyed through Ann Grifalconi’s luminous pastels glowing with warmth and vibrant color. Ruby Dee’s mellow narration complements Wayne Abravanel’s blues musical score in this iconographic production.
Winslow Homer: An American Original. Devine Entertainment. 49min. $19.98. 877-338-4633.
Meet Winslow Homer as he tries to refocus his painting career following the horrors he witnessed during the Civil War. Two local teenagers disrupt his isolation and pave the way for a change in Homer’s painting focus. Lush scenery, period costumes, and accurate decor make this a high-quality fictionalized biography.
Yo! Yes? Weston Woods. 5min. $60. 800-243-5020.
Basketball for one is a lonely game. Basketball for two unites two boys from disparate urban backgrounds. Chris Raschka’s Caldecott Honor book Yo! Yes? is enhanced by animated characters using evocative body language and facial expressions and by an infectious, street-smart soundtrack with a bouncy beat.
Notable Children’s Videos committee members: Elizabeth B. Miller, chair, University of South Carolina; Pamela P. Barron, University of North Carolina–Greensboro; Diana M. Berry, Dekalb County Public Library (GA); Paula Brehn-Heeger, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (OH); Dorothy Evans, Chicago (IL) Public Library; Debra S. Gold, Cuyahoga County Public Library (OH); April L. Judge, West Caldwell (NJ) Public Library; Walter Metz (SC); Marilyn P. Phillips, University City (MO) Public Library; Betty L. Smith, District of Columbia Public Library; Deanna Wolf, Queens Borough Public Library (NY); Sue-Ellen Beauregard, consultant, Booklist, Chicago, IL.
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