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Becoming an Organized Student. 20min. Human Relations, DVD, $119.95.
Meet four middle-school students who need help. Each demonstrates the disadvantages of being disorganized; gives tips on getting a handle on schoolwork, schedules, sports, and socializing; and shows how much easier life can be with a little organization.
Big Brown Bear’s Up and Down Day. 24min. Nutmeg, DVD, $69.95.
Three of David McPhail’s delightful stories about Big Brown Bear and his small friend, Rat, are iconographically depicted on a single DVD. Cozy watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations bring Bear’s adventures to life. Author interview follows.
Dooby Dooby Moo. 10min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
Duck steals the show when Farmer Brown‘s stable of precocious animals compete in a talent show in this animated version of Doreen Cronin’s book, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Enhanced by Randy Travis’ homey narration and Scotty Huff and Robert Reynolds’ lively music. “Whacka-whacka!”
Finding Daddy:A Story of the Great Depression
. 17min. Nutmeg, VHS and DVD, $59.95.
When the impact of the Great Depression forces her daddy to seek work far from home, Bonnie overcomes her shyness to find a solution that reunites her family. Gently narrated by author Jo Harper, this iconographic program also includes a Spanish-language version. Ron Mazellan’s illustrations and period music complement this moving picture book.
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists:
Andy Warhol. 24min. Getting to Know, DVD, $29.95.
An animated Andy Warhol tells all about his life in this DVD adapted from the book series by Mike Venezia. Music, contemporary photographs, and art reproductions make this an educational and entertaining introduction to the world of pop art.
The Latest Facts about Inhalant Abuse. 20min. Human Relations, DVD, $119.95.
Chilling interviews with surviving parents and friends, testimony from a recovering addict, and clips of teens discussing the dangers of this disturbing fad are interwoven in this important video. Appropriate for instructional or family viewing.
I Hate English! 15min. Nutmeg, VHS and DVD, $49.95.
In this iconographic adaptation of her book, author Ellen Levine relates Mei Mei’s reluctant adjustment to life in English-speaking New York with moving authenticity. A conversation with the author is an added bonus.
John, Paul, George & Ben. 9min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
This humorous and factual history of five lads who grew up to become the Founding Fathers brings the early days of American history to life. This DVD adaptation of Lane Smith’s book is narrated by James Earl Jones and accompanied by Scotty Huff and Robert Reynolds’ Beatles-inspired music.
Jump In! 85min. Buena Vista, DVD, $26.99.
Pulled in two directions, Izzy Daniels must find a balance between his passion for boxing and his promise to help his friends with an intense double-Dutch jump-roping competition. The live-action Jump In! combines themes of friendship, hard work, and individuality with energizing hip-hop music and impeccable choreography.
Just Yell Fire:
Empowering Girls to Protect Themselves. 45min. Just Yell Fire/Maggie Jessup, DVD, free upon request.
Brutally honest, this gripping instructional video focuses on teaching young girls self-defense; various attack scenarios and helpful tips on avoiding attackers will empower girls to protect themselves. The program began as a school project in Portland, Oregon. Evangeline Lilly and Josh Holloway make cameo appearances. Fight like a girl!
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster. 8min. Weston Woods, VHS, $60; DVD, $59.95.
Being a monster doesn’t come naturally to Leonardo. After all his attempts to frighten Sam fail, he decides that being a wonderful friend is better than being a terrible monster. This masterful short animation of the ALA Notable Book is narrated by author Mo Willems.
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon. 9min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
Oh no, not a trip to the scary and terrible library, where frightening monsters lurk! In this animation of the tale written by Mike Thaler, a class prepares for a dreaded trip to the library only to find a kind and welcoming librarian bearing many delightful books. Narrated by Alexander Gould.
Max’s Words. 10min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
When his brothers won’t share their collections of stamps and coins, Max starts a collection of his own, consisting of words. Based on the book by Kate Banks, this DVD uses a remarkable combination of iconographic and animated elements to bring the art of Boris Kulikov to life; brilliantly narrated by T. R. Knight.
Nightmare at School. 9min. National Film Board of Canada, DVD, $99.
An anxious student’s trip to school takes surprising and scary turns when scale is skewed, perspectives shift, body size grows and shrinks, and his familiar world becomes topsy-turvy. Appropriately bizarre music sets the tone, and innovative original animation makes this a clever cautionary tale.
Now and Ben. 13min. Spoken Arts, DVD, $50.
A special appearance by author and illustrator Gene Barretta sets up this iconographic treatment of his book about American thinker, inventor, and patriot Benjamin Franklin. People have long relied on Franklin’s innovations and inventions, from bifocals to daylight saving time.
Rosa. 14min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
The brave actions of Rosa Parks are brought to life in this adaptation of Nikki Giovanni’s highly honored picture book. Bryan Collier’s rich watercolor and collage illustrations are handsomely explored through iconographic film.
Seven Blind Mice. 7min. Weston Woods, VHS, $60; DVD, $59.95.
It takes seven blind mice seven days to figure out what the curious “something” is that inhabits their world. Each mouse has a single perspective, and only when the seventh mouse puts together all of their ideas is the mystery revealed. Intriguing music and B. D. Wong’s gentle narration complement fantastic animation of Ed Young’s stunning collages.
A Very Brave Witch. 7min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
A brave little witch dares to participate in the human holiday of Halloween despite reading off-putting information about scary humans. Playful animation adds a humorously creepy tone to this adaptation of Alison McGhee’s book, illustrated by Harry Bliss.
Wallace’s Lists. 15min. Weston Woods, DVD, $59.95.
Wallace loves his lists, and he sticks to them absolutely, even when they don’t make much sense. Before this action-packed animated treatment of Barbara Bottner and Gerald Kruglik’s book ends, Wallace realizes that his new friend Albert is more important than any old list! Olof Landstrom’s colorful illustrations blend with this delightful story, narrated by Zach Braff.
Water Detectives. 12min. National Film Board of Canada, DVD, $95.
Schoolchildren in Matamoros, Mexico, changed how the people in their town used water and lowered their water consumption. Students concerned about the environment will be inspired by the children’s proactive exploration of their local river. This documentary includes sound tracks in English, Spanish, and French.
Notable Children’s Videos, 2008, committee members: Kathleen Apuzzo Krasniewicz, chair, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich (CT); Molly M. Collins, Malden (MA) Public Library; Cora Phelps Dunkley, University of South Florida–SLIS, Tampa (FL); Deborah B. Ford, Instructional Media Center, San Diego (CA); Jan Johnson, Princeton (NJ) Public Library; Christy Schink, Scenic Regional Library, Union (MO); Grace Shanahan, Brooklyn (NY) Public Library; Lisa Marie Smith, Vernon Area Public Library, Lincolnshire (IL); Bina Williams, Bridgeport (CT) Public Library; Linda Zeilstra-Sawyer, Skokie (IL) Public Library; Sue-Ellen Beauregard, consultant, Booklist, Chicago (IL).
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