NAPPA 2006: DVDs for Preschoolers & Up

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By Ranny Levy

Nappa Gold Winners
Media - in its many forms - has infiltrated our lives unlike anything before. With the truly great DVD releases now available for home viewing, you can ensure that the time your child spends in front of the TV is positive, engaging and educational. For starters, try one of the many literature-based DVDs that pair video with beloved children's books. We hope you will enjoy these NAPPA Gold winners as much as we did.

Gold Award Winners

Angelina Ballerina: All Dancers on Deck, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2006; 50 min.; $15.98; for ages 3 to 6. Bringing together dance and a trans-oceanic adventure, our favorite dancing mouse gives young viewers an introduction to ballet. As Angelina makes her way to perform in Miss Lilli's homeland (Dachovia), a mystery evolves that will engage even non-dance fans. Angelina raises the barre to bust gender stereotypes.
Charlie and Lola: Volume One, BBC Video, 2006; 84 min.; $14.98; for ages 2 to 7. A caring older sibling is the next best thing to a fairy godmother, especially for today's "singletons" missing out on having one. They can find a big brother in Charlie as he helps his little sister Lola sort through the uncertainties of childhood in these six episodes, using imagination, science and a touch of big brother psychology.
Chicka Chicka 1-2-3 And More Stories about Counting, Scholastic Entertainment, 2006; 30 min.; $14.95; for ages 2 to 6. Three beautifully animated stories with catchy sing-along tunes provide exceptional treatment of an important skill. This collection of short, book-based films is among the best in the field.

Honors Award Winners

Bob the Builder: Built to Be Wild, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2006; 50 min.; $15.98; Combining tall tales with cowboy karaoke and hoedowns with showdowns, Bob gives kids a taste of the Wild West.

Thomas & Friends: Come Ride the Rails, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment; 2006; 56 min.; $11.98; Always a hit with the boys, the Thomas fleet now features female trains to reach girls with the beloved engines' lessons about respect, helping others and humility.

Wiggles: Wiggledancing Live in the USA, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2006; 50 min.; $15.98; The manic guys with high energy and loads of silliness stage a way goofy "Rockettes-for-kids" performance just for fun.

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