By Ranny Levy
Gold Award Winners
|Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman, Lean Forward Media, 2006; 80 min.; $19.98; for ages 6 to 12. Lots of fun to do as a group, this interactive DVD gives positive reinforcement for making good choices. Viewers hone their decision-making skills by choosing which path to follow. A smart alternative to videos games, this DVD offers good animation, reinforces commendable behaviors, and entertains with the voice talents of Frankie Muniz, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.|
|The Man Who Walked Between the Towers ... and More Inspiring Tales, Scholastic Entertainment, 2006; 72 min.; $14.95; for ages 5 to 9. Great animation provides breathtaking perspective in this film version of the book about French aerialist Philippe Petit, who walked the high wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Upcoming generations who will never see the towers firsthand can glimpse their grandeur along with Petit's extraordinary feat. Three other shorts are included.|
|Veggie Tales: Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler, Big Idea, 2006; 52 min.; $14.99; for ages 5 to 12. No one brings together silliness and Bible verse like these indefatigable vegetable characters do. (Does anyone else even try?) The Bible references are subtle and the message of the value of friendship is timeless. Veggies and morals - a comfortable fit in any home with kids.|
Honors Award Winners
Bailey's Billions, Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, 2006; 94 min.; $24.99; www.echobridgehe.com. Dog lovers will particularly enjoy this fun animal-rights story about Bailey the talking dog, who inherits a billion-dollar fortune from his devoted owner.
Corneil and Bernie: Season 1, Vol. 1, First National Pictures, 2006; 88 min.; $16.98; www.fnp.com. Children will enjoy the funny relationship between Corneil, a rather sophisticated young dog, and his dogsitter, as they overcome ordinary challenges and grow together in character.
Scott Cole's Get Fit America for Kids, Razor Digital Entertainment, 2006; 67 min.; $14.99; www.razorfitness.com. Scott Cole shows kids how to move with tai chi and how to be still with yoga, giving them a program that helps them to be calm as well as fit … and it may even help mom and dad, too!