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Bark, George. Weston Woods. 7min. $60. 800-243-5020.
John Lithgow narrates the story of George, a puppy who meows, quacks, oinks, and moos. Based on the book by Jules Feiffer, this animated film follows George’s strange-sounding problem to its farcical solution.
Bread Comes to Life: A Garden of Wheat and a Loaf to Eat. Informed Democracy. 22min. $99. 800-827-0949.
From the sowing of the seeds to George Levenson’s shaping and baking of the bread dough, Lily Tomlin beautifully narrates each step, while George Winston provides the music on this engaging live-action presentation. Bring on the fresh baked bread!
Active Parenting. 89min. $129.95. 800-825-0060.
This documentary follows the Wyoming Indian High School basketball team through two seasons of adversity and perseverance. Each young man faces tough choices, including finding his place on the “rez.”
Come on, Rain! Weston Woods. 9min. $60.
In this iconographic presentation of Karen Hesse and Jon J. Muth’s picture book, Tess’ soft whisper of “come on, rain” soon turns into a joyful dance as the rain does come, accompanied by Jerry Dale McFadden’s swing music.
Coral Seas. Discovery Channel. 52min. $99.95. 888-892-3484.
Vivid cinematography takes viewers to the oceans’ coral reefs in this two-part Emmy Award-winning video. Richard Attenborough’s narration, combined with the powerful musical score, portrays the battle for life in this fragile habitat.
Dem Bones. Weston Woods. 10min. $60.
Bob Barner’s book is brought to bone-shaking life in this animated musical that connects song to information. Raul Malo’s toe-tapping music makes this skeleton band rattle, and tickles the funny bone.
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa. Weston Woods. 18min. $60.
A cool cat celebrates the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald in this adaptation of the book by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney. Billy Dee Williams’ narration and music by Joel Goodman and Dan Rosengard, with original recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, provide an outstanding soundtrack in this animated tale of how Ella found her voice.
Everyday Signs. Two Little Hands. 30min. 800-552-6748.
Alex (who can hear) and Leah (who is deaf), invite other young children to share everyday ASL signs. Emilie de Azevedo Brown and Rachel Coleman created this DVD with an interactive mix of live-action and animated footage.
Giggle, Giggle, Quack. Weston Woods. 9min. $60.
Randy Travis narrates this animated down-home version of Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s picture book. Watch out for duck! He’s trouble!
I Want a Dog. National Film Board of Canada. 10min. $89. 800-542-2164.
Colorful animation and doo-wop music showcase filmmaker Sheldon Cohen’s adaptation of Dayal Kaur Khalsa’s picture book. May wants a dog, but her serious parents say NO! Her inspired solution to their objections provides a hilarious pastime for the neighborhood kids.
Leonardo da Vinci. Kiki & Associates. 23min. $24.95. 312-642-5526.
This humorous animated video smoothly combines the art and life of Leonardo da Vinci. Viewers will both laugh and learn in this adaptation of a book from Mike Venezia’s popular Getting to Know series.
Let’s Get a Pup! Spoken Arts. 8min. $49.95. 800-326-4090.
Bob Graham’s picture book is a fresh take on the story of a child who wants a pet. This iconographic video brings to life the vibrant personalities of Kate and her hip parents as they search for the perfect pup.
Showa Shinzan. National Film Board of Canada. 13min. $89.
A young Japanese girl experiences both the tragedy of World War II and the power of a volcanic eruption. Based on actual events, this 3-D computer-animated video combines historic film footage and drawings, with elements of Bunraku puppetry.
Snowflake Bentley. Weston Woods. 20min. $60.
An innovative adaptation of Jacqueline Briggs Martin’s book combines iconographic images of Mary Azarian’s Caldecott award-winning illustrations with live action. This biography of Wilson Bentley is highlighted by archival photographs and film and narrated by Sean Astin.
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon. Weston Woods. 8min. $60.
A child imagines the very worst on his first day of school in this animated version of Mike Thaler and Jared Lee’s book. Diana Canova and Jonathan Lipnicki narrate. Nightmares have never been so funny.
The Velveteen Rabbit. Billy Budd Films. 24min. $14.95. 212-755-3968.
Margery Williams’ touching classic about a child’s beloved toy bunny that becomes real is presented in claymation.
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