1999 Notable Children's Videos

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1999 Notable Children's Videos Committee: Marilyn Phillips, Chair, University City Public Library (MO); Angelina Benedetti, Newport Way Library (WA); Dr. Patricia Cianciolo, Michigan State University (MI); Jane Claes, John R. Good (TX); Maria McLane, Akron-Summit County Public Library (OH); Elizabeth Miller, University of South Carolina (SC); Susan Moore, Louisville Free Public Library (KY); Eleonor Putnam, Lake Otis School Library (AK); Flo Starkey, District Materials Center (NM); Irene Symons, Queens Borough Public Library (NY).

These titles are selected by the above committee of librarians and educators from across the country on the basis of their originality, creativity, and suitability for young children. The members select materials that respect both children's intelligence and imagination, exhibit venturesome creativity, and encourage the interests of users.

15 min.
VHS production by Weston Woods, dist. By Scholastic, 1998
ISBN: 0-78820-726-1--$60
Ages 3-10

Chrysanthemum thinks her name is perfect, until she is teased at school. Meryl Streep narrates Kevin Henkes' award winning picture book.

The First Christmas
21 min.
VHS production by billy budd Films, Inc, 1998
ISBN: 1-56364-307-3
Clay Animation
Ages: 5 - up

The nativity story using Clay Animation characters is narrated by Christopher Plummer. Christmas carols, including "Silent Night" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem," enhance the story.

Good Night, Gorilla
8 min
VHS production by Weston Woods, Dist. by Scholastic, 1998
ISBN: 0-78820-734-2--$60
Ages 4 - 8

A precocious gorilla tiptoes behind a sleepy, unobservant zookeeper unlocking each animal's cage. The parade of animals follows the zookeeper home for a good night's sleep. Brahams' Lullaby accompanies this delightful video based on the 1994 Peggy Rathman book.

Dance Lexie, Dance
15 min.
VHS production by Tim Loane, Dist. by Cinema Guild, 1998
Live Action
Ages: 8 - 12

12-year-old Laura, an Irish, Protestant girl yearns to be a Riverdancer. Her newly widowed father, Lexie, rethinks his parental role to help his daughter and comes to terms with the loss of his wife.

Kristen's Fairy House
39 min.
VHS production by Great White Dog Picture Co., Dist. by same, 1997
Live Action
Ages: 7 -11

During a vacation on a wooded island, a young girl and her aunt blend the wonders of the real world with the imaginative and creative. The fairy house built by the girl becomes inhabited by woodland creatures. The woman is motivated to create an illustrated book on the basis of the girl's journey into the land of fairies.

Sheep Crossing
27 min.
VHS production by Great White Dog Picture Co, Dist. by same, 1997
Live Action
All ages

This video explores the world of sheep and wool while following children as they prepare their sheep for fair competition. Meet a newborn lamb and working border collies. The background music has an upbeat tempo. Beautiful New England scenery add to the viewer's sensual experience.

30 min.
VHS production by Children's Television Workshop, Dist. by Sony Wonder, 1998
ISBN: 1-57330-574-X $12.98
Live Action
All ages

The Sesame Street Muppets and their musical guests join in a cross-cultural original musical extravaganza.

Smoking: Truth or Dare
52 min.
VHS production by Arnold Shapiro, Dist. by AIMS, 1998
ISBN: 0-8068-9297-8 $99.95
Live Action
Ages: 10 and up

This live action informational video graphically illustrates the consequences of smoking and chewing tobacco for today's young people.

Land Snails and Their Life Cycle
12 min.
VHS production by Klaudiusz Jankowski Productions, Dist. by same, 1998
Live Action
Ages: 9 and up

This lyrically beautiful video is a comprehensive study of the life cycle of land snail. Utilizing spectacular photography.

Oceans in Motion
24 min.
VHS production by National Geographic, Dist. by same, 1998
Live action
Ages 7 and up

Catch a wave and learn all about the ocean with tour guide/professional surfer, "Wingnut" Weaver. Dazzling photography and creative animation illustrate the phenomena of currents, seismic activity, tides and waves.