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QUOTE OF THE MONTH
is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart."
Turning your TV Time into Quality Time
March 28, 2006 Issue #3b
Christine L. Pollock, Editor
Ranny Levy, Publisher
1. Letters from the Editor, President
2. Web Store Features
4. New Endorsements
5. Festival Titles
6. New Members/Renewing Members
7. Member News
8. Media News
9. Family and Parenting News
10. Ribert and Robert's WonderWorld by
Christine L. Pollock
11. Crafts and Activities: Very
Young Children (Toddlers) from Dr. Toy and Tasty
12. Festival City Schedule and Events
14. Special Offers
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with Center for Media Literacy Founder, Liz Thoman
Interview with Reading Rainbow Producer,
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The Inner Workings of Sesame Workshop
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is here! Oddly enough, it arrived with several inches of snow. Still,
there are definite signs that it's trying to break through. We have
even spotted some robins.
Last week, on
a snowy day, I was watching The Incredibles with my children. I consider them pretty media-savvy since we are constantly analyzing
the media we watch. It came a part in the story where the father
runs across water to escape the bad guys. My six-year-old turned
to me and said, "He's not really running on water. I know how
they did that. The water is just shallow, and they made it to look
like he is on top. " As I was laughing and explaining about
animation, I realized again how important media literacy is. No
matter how much we know, there is always room to grow.
In our last
magazine I wrote about Eran Fraenkel and his work in Macedonia. I would like to clarify that he was country director of Search
for Common Ground (SCG)/Macedonia when Nashe Maalo was produced. Since then, he has become country director of SCG/Indonesia, where
he is working on his new animated series. In other words, his production
work takes place in the country where he is the resident country
In this issue,
we are highlighting one of my favorite preschool shows entitled
Ribert and Robert's WonderWorld. All
three of my boys and many of their friends love watching it, especially
the art segments. This photo shows my son with a picture he drew
while watching the show. He also created a "special shirt"
with the certificate he got off their website for when he watches
As always, I
welcome your input. If you have comments on titles we have endorsed;
notices of awards, publications, and products; or suggestions for
articles. . . Please drop me a line.
Ditto on Spring,
Chrissie. Here in Santa Fe, spring came in like a lion and has roared
the last week, until today. Today, we all have our windows open,
the birds are chirping outside, and it really is beginning to feel
like we're turned the page for another season. It's exactly what
I've been doing at KIDS FIRST! as I've been screening titles that
our jurors have recommended for our second quarter screenings which
start in two weeks.
Again, I'm awed
at the caliber of independent titles that we've received for this
quarter, including the student productions. We have a superb title
that explores the WW II Japanese internment camps from a child's
point of view called "Take Me Home," a great animated
title about a little boy who's afraid of the dark and what's under
his bed called "A Stormy Night," an imaginative story
about a boy who's more comfortable on a tightrop than on the ground
called "Up On the Rope," and an interesting title called
"Happy's Last Wish," in which Happy discovers that sometimes
the best way to help yourself is to help someone else.
have offered up some outstanding titles including "Little Manhattan,"
a coming of age story that takes place in modern-day New York City;
"The Adventures of Brer Rabbit," a new direc to DVD animated
film with voice talents of Danny Glover and others; "Dreamer:
Inspired by a True Story," for all young horse lovers, and
"Barbie Diaries," where everything she seems to write
in the diary comes true. Hart Sharp, a new KIDS FIRST! sponsor,
has given us "Paperclips," which is a documentary about
an extraordinary experiment in Holocaust education with a group
of middle school students in rural Tennessee. And then there's "Peep!"
You know what big Peep fans we are. Peep (a newly hatched chick),
along with his friends Chirp, (a smart and sassy robin) and Quack
(an endearingly egotistical duck), explore the wonders of the big
wide world in "Dry Duck" and "Peep's Moon Mission."
Check out our
locations and try to catch some of these screenings this month.
You'll be glad you did. Write us and tell us what you liked or didn't
Founder and President, KIDS FIRST!®
JUROR TRAINING PROGRAM
about what kids watch? Want to do something about it? Become a KIDS
FIRST!® juror. It's easy. Take our online training. It will
take you about four hours to complete and we will provide you with
your own personal trainer. The $40 fee is 100% reimbursable once
you evaluate six titles for KIDS FIRST!®. You may keep any movie
you approve. What a wonderful way for teachers, librarians, parents,
and daycare providers to build their own quality media library while
helping evaluate movies for others. To register or get more information,
our KIDS FIRST!® juror's page.
FIRST!® WEB STORE FEATURES
BABY: SING ALONG SONGS. All the original Brainy Baby songs that
children enjoy singing along to on one CD. Includes: "26 Letters,"
"Name Your Shapes," and others. Reinforces ideas and behaviors
such as manners, seasons, and numbers. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Juror
Comments: Cute. Mixes old standards with new tunes. Sequencing is
well thought out, with teaching songs mixed with old favorites.
Kids learn new ideas and then relax with something familiar. Includes
songs about manners, counting, and body parts. KIDS FIRST!®
KID Juror Comments: Likable. Kids sang and danced along to this.
Old MacDonald was a favorite. "I liked the cows and pigs and
chickens in the song. " "I didn't like it when it was
so fast that I couldn't get the words. " Audio. 45 min.; $10.36;
Age: 1-4. The Brainy Baby Company.
AND SHAPES: JACK THE CUDDLY DOG. Soothing new education video
for babies. Jack is a puppy who lives in Central Park, New York
City. He explores colors, shapes, animals, flowers, mountains, trees
and more. Classical music pieces are performed by award-winning
concert pianist, Cheryl Tschanz Newkirk. KIDS FIRST!®Adult Juror
Comments: Calming title to watch with children. Through narration
and simple images, the child progressively learns names for animals,
colors, shapes, numbers, emotions, and other preschool concepts.
This is developmentally very appropriate for preschoolers. The music
compliments the images beautifully and enhances the impact of the
title overall. Well produced, crisp and clear. KIDS FIRST!®
KID Juror Comments: Enjoyable. "I like the animals and the
sheep. " "Did you see the birds? " "My friends
would like the puppies. " "I already know about animals
but this makes me want to learn more. " "It is so good.
I loved the animals. Jack is very nice. " DVD. 28 min.; $12.79;
Age: 1-5. Hello Baby Productions.
YOU WISH YOU COULD FLY? This compilation of original songs by
Kathy Byers is intended for children and caregivers alike with each
playback and performance. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Juror Comments:
Good production with lyrics that work well. Fun songs that lend
themselves to creative movement. Integrates themes such as brushing
teeth, fear of darkness and the sounds of nature. Some Christian
content. KIDS FIRST!® KID Juror Comments: Enthusiastic. Would
listen to the songs again. "I was sad when someone got hurt
and no-one wanted to kiss their boo-boos. " "My mommy
teaches me to brush my teeth too. " "It was fun to pretend
to make rain sounds. " Audio. 28 min.; $11.99; Age: 3-6. KT
Music Productions, Inc.
FUNSIES 1. Fifteen skill-building activity songs for caregivers,
parents and babies. Musical tracks for sing-along fun and activity
guide available. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Juror Comments: Marvelous
tool for parents of infants. Well organized. Includes instructions
for how to use with song lyrics so parents can sing along. Covers
the whole range of infants' readiness for response to music and
rhythms from six to eighteen months. KIDS FIRST!® KID Juror
Comments: Parents loved the clarity of this presentation and having
the song lyrics included. Kids sang along and were genuinely engaged.
Audio. 58 min.; $11.99; Age: Infant - 2. Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music.
BABY CAN TALK - FIRST SIGNS. A series of videos that bridges
the gap between the time a baby can communicate with his or her
hands and the time a baby can speak. By giving parents and babies
the ability to communicate without words, these videos reduce frustration
and encourage rewarding interactions. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Juror
Comments: High quality presentation. Very well laid out. Bold colors
and soft textures, beautiful music, bright examples. Calming and
not overwhelming. Planned to the most minute detail. Excellent tutorial
instructs parents on how to help the learning process, and to have
reasonable expectations. KIDS FIRST!® KID Juror Comments: Loved
it and asked to see it again. Repeated the signs and got up and
acted like animals. The little ones danced while older ones talked
about the pictures. Liked the repetition, music, pace. Some really
loved the booklet that came with the DVD showing the signs. DVD.
45 min.; $15.96; Age: Infant - 3. Baby Hands Productions.
SMART: FIRST WORDS. Learn vocabulary with simple stories; adorable,
bright, bold animation; and original music. KIDS FIRST!® Adult
Juror Comments: Slow and simple. Beautifully constructed with perfectly
suited vocabulary and images. Interactive game shows similar content
in a different format, good for parent and child interactions. "Best
infant program I've seen. " KIDS FIRST!® KID Juror Comments:
Very interested. Pointed at pictures and attempted words. Danced
to the music and giggled at animal pictures. Great when used in
short user sessions to keep kids' interest high. Video. 120 min.;
$7.96; Age: Infant - 3. So Smart! Productions.
SMART: SIGHTS AND SOUNDS. Babies and toddlers are captivated
as simple shapes and moving patterns transform into familiar images,
all with a live classical music soundtrack. Activity guide included.
The DVD includes parent-guided interactive storybook features and
printable story cards! KIDS FIRST!®Adult Juror Comments: High
quality, excellent visual and aural training for infants. Beautiful
music. Carefully instructs parents on proper use. One adult juror
said, "If accompanied by an adult, it's the only infant video
I'd recommend. " KIDS FIRST!®KID Juror Comments: Excellent
timing, very stimulating for infants. "Even my toddler sat
and watched and told his baby sister what he saw on the screen.
" DVD. 30 min.; $12.78; Age: Infant - 3. So Smart! Productions.
New Endorsements can be found at
*** = Titles receiving the highest scores are given
a three star rating.
** = Titles that meet or exceed the criteria receive a two-star
rating. * = Titles that meet the baseline criteria but require some
extra consideration on the part of the viewer receive a one-star
THE DANGER RANGERS, WATER WORKS. When Commander Octagon builds his
vast underwater hideout he causes the worlds oceans to rise, only
the Danger Rangers can save the day and share water safety rules
along the way. Adult Juror Comments: This entertaining story teaches
basic water safety rules. It seems more of a fun story than a lesson,
yet the kids come away with basic lessons such as, "Don't go
if you don't know" and "wear a life jacket if you are
not a strong swimmer. " The camaraderie among the Danger Rangers,
especially with the added humor of Fallbot, makes this fun to watch.
It is an excellent addition to a health and safety class since it's
fun and educational. Kid Juror Comments: Likable."All these
bad guys try to make it so kids aren't safe around pools. They make
the water have tidal waves and other unsafe stuff but fail because
the Danger Rangers rescue the kids. " "It teaches how
to be safe around water. " Kids found the robot amusing and
loved the crab and clam. Their favorite part is saving the kids
and capturing Dr. Octopus. DVD. 28 min.; $12.99; Age: 3-8. EDUCATIONAL
BABYPRO: LET'S DANCE & TUMBLE. Introduces children to the dynamic
sights and sounds of cheerleading, dance and gymnastics. Intended
to inspire them to spin, tap, cheer, flip, leap and clap, and engage
in sports for their entire lifetime. Adult Juror Comments: It is
most appropriate for older children who identify with the ones on-screen.
I would question the educational value of this program but from
the entertainment point of view, it covers many stages of sports
and play. Attention is paid to pro-social role modeling, even the
babies tumbling in the grass take turns. The "hey baby"
voice and clear images are more appealing to babies but the activities
are more appropriate for older kids. Kid Juror Comments: Kids' attention
was held only in the events that they enjoy participating in, i.e..
Gymnastics, and then, only when the older kids were watching. Recommend
this in small doses. "I tried to show it several times and
each time the kids preferred something else. " When encouraged,
the older boys loved watching the gymnastics. They talked about
flips and other gymnastics they enjoy doing. DVD. 35 min.; $12.98;
Age: 5-8. BABYPRO, LLC.
THE BUTTERCREAM GANG. In order to help an old friend, the ButterCreamers
must overcome peer pressure and learn to love unconditionally. Adult
Juror Comments: Great program with great values. Well constructed.
Good pace. Perfect for this age group. Suitable for teaching the
consequences of joining a gang. The good guys could use a little
more diversity on their team. Definitely offers good talking points
about family values, peer pressure and joining gangs. Kid Juror
Comments: Enjoyed it. "Fun to watch. Nice show. Kinda corny.
" "I think I've seen this in school before but enjoyed
watching it again. " "There's a good gang called the Buttercream
gang that does good things. One of the kids moves out of town, joins
a bad gang, comes back wanting to do bad things and the Buttercream
gang helps become good again. " "We know our families
would like this one. " DVD. 95 min.; $12.95; Age: 8-12. FEATURE
FILMS FOR FAMILIES. This title can be purchased in
SELECTIONS FROM KIDS FIRST!® FILM
AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2005
For a complete
list of all Festival titles currently being shown, visit
Inspired by a True Story. L. 102 min.
A trainer and his daughter nurse an injured horse back to health,
with an eye on racing her in the Breeders' Cup. Director/Writer:
John Gatins. Actors: Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson,
Elisabeth Shue. Ages 5-12. DreamWorks Productions LLC
Super Cool Edition. A. 81 min.
Twenty thousand years ago, glaciers were overrunning the Earth,
and creatures everywhere were fleeing the onslaught of the new ICE
AGE. In this time of peril, we meet the weirdest herd of any Age:
a fast-talking but dim sloth named Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo);
a moody woolly mammoth named Manny (voiced by Ray Romano); a devilish
saber-toothed tiger named Diego (Denis Leary); and an acorn-crazy
saber-toothed squirrel known as Scrat. This quartet of misfits unexpectedly,
and reluctantly, comes together in a quest to return a human infant
to his father. Braving boiling lava pits, treacherous ice caves,
freezing temperatures and a secret, evil plot, these sub-zeroes
become the worlds first heroes! Ray Romano, John Leguizamo,
Denis Leary, Chris Wedge (Bunny- Academy Award Winner Best Animated
Short), Manny - Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Sid - John
Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge, Collateral Damage, Romeo & Juliet,
The Fan). Age: 7-12. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Fairytopia Mermaidia. A. 75 min.
In this follow-up to Fairytopia, Elina (played by Barbie) goes to
Mermaidia to save her friend Nalu, the merman prince. Nalu has been
kidnapped by Laverna's henchmen, who plan to use him to make Laverna
the most powerful fairy in Fairytopia. It's up to Elina to stop
them, but she needs the help of Nori, a mermaid who wants nothing
to do with Elina. Winning Nori over isn't easy, but her hardest
challenge is yet to come. Saving Nalu could require the greatest
sacrifice of her life: her wings. Can she do it, or will Fairytopia
fall into the hands of Laverna forever? Ages 4-8. Lionsgate Family
Clues: Blue's Room: Freds Birthday. A. 100 min. E.
Includes: Fred's Birthday Playdate - This time it really,
really is Fred's Birthday and we're not just pretending. The entire
playroom is buzzing with excitement and all of our playroom friends
are ready to celebrate - our word of the day - in style. Also: Dress
Up Chest, Boogie Woogie, and The Fairy Tale Ball.
Age: 2-5. Paramount Home Entertainment.
SHORT FOR AGES 5-8
the Insect Architect. A. 11 min.
A termite named Roberto pursues his dream of becoming an architect
and travels to the big city where he hopes to find success. This
funny and inspirational story will encourage viewers of any age
to build their dreams. A co-production of Jerry Hunt, Galen Fott/Grundoon
and Weston Woods. Narrated by Sean Hayes with music by Jerry Hunt.
Based on the book by Nina Laden; Illustrator: Nina Laden. Weston
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On Sesame Street
Beginnings, a research-based DVD series debuts April 4, 2006. The
DVDs are specially designed to help parents and caregivers encourage
their childs curiosity and interest in learning during everyday
to Dawn Westlake on Her Title Promoting Peace
College of DuPage music director, Lee Kesselman, and the New Classic
Singers hosted Concert for Peace as the final touch to a
week devoted to peace studies. Kesselman knew that Dawn Westlake's
Life of Death, merited a place in his week-long program.
"The film has so much to say. It touches the nerves of anyone
who has ever suffered loss," Kesselman said.
Hospitalized Children Through Film
Lollipop Theater Network
(LOLLIPOP), the charity dedicated to bringing the magic of movies
to children confined to hospitals due to chronic or life-threatening
illnesses, is proud to partner with KIDS FIRST!® to bring a
continuous stream of quality children's media to pediatric patients
nationwide. The collaboration will debut on March 25th with a screening
of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's Little
Manhattan at the Avalon Theater in Washington, DC. This
title can be purchased in our store.
AND PARENTING NEWS
Games Parents and Kids Appreciate
Games-on-demand is an online gaming service that will instantly
stream games directly to your home computers. Exent Technologies,
the leader of digital distribution of games, powers games-on-demand
services for leading broadband service providers such as Verizon,
Yahoo! , Turner, RCN and Comcast, with hundreds of computer games
that will challenge kids to think, play and create. More information
Ribert and Robert's WonderWorld
do an animated frog and a showman have in common? In the case of
Ribert and Robert's WonderWorld (http://www.ribert.com),
it's a formula for success in a show for preschoolers. that is captivating
the nation. Singer/entertainer, James Bondy (Robert), traveled from
Canada to New England to join his sidekick, an animated frog named
Ribert, in bringing children messages that inspire them to "love
to learn and learn to love."
In the show's
fifteen-minute episodes, Ribert and Robert's travel through the
animated land of WonderWorld Viewers feel as if they are traveling
through the park with the friends on a roller coaster, stopping
at places where they earn magic keys that help them solve a riddle.
Each stop contains an interactive game, or small lesson in music,
magic, science or storytelling. Each episode is built around themes
derived from kindergarten curriculum, and also addresses social-developmental
issues such as the first day of school and visiting the doctor.
The show is
reminiscent of Blue's Clues with its animated character and
human counterpart who work with the viewer to solve the riddles.
Bondy finds this comparison highly complimentary. When asked how
Ribert and Robert's WonderWorld is different from Blue's
Clues, he responds that it targets a broader age-range. Although
its main market is the preschool crowd, the different human guests
and issues presented reach audiences from two to twelve since the
kindergarten curriculum is expanded to interest older children.
The KIDS FIRST!® jurors who reviewed these titles found this
to be true. Some of the roller coaster stops, like the interactive
games, appealed to the younger audiences while other lessons such
as the dancers and storytellers, appealed to the older children.
in each episode the children especially like is the drawing lesson.
Cousin Chris, the artist, takes children step-by-step through the
process of drawing a character or object relevant to the show. With
a remote in hand to pause at the most difficult spots, even four-year-olds
can follow along and create a masterpiece. "Drawing the shapes
and putting them together into a picture is really fun," says
six-year-old KIDS FIRST!® juror, Hudi.
teachers appreciate lessons such as the science experiment where
earthworms burrow into the dark dirt they love to escape light.
This experiment might help children realize they don't need to be
scared of the dark. The well-crafted lessons and writing make it
obvious that a lot of thought has been put into each show. And a
lot of love. Bondy appreciates the fact that each actor and artist
involved with Ribert and Robert's WonderWorld is talented
and gives 100% from their own hearts. Scripts are not fixed and
everyone, from film crew to actors to director, gives input towards
the final product.
who was used to cheering, interactive audiences, finds it challenging
to act for TV. When it is just him, he sometimes finds a cold camera
six feet away from his face can be a bit intimidating. To overcome
the challenge, Bondy imagines the children he knows will be watching
him on the other side of the screen when the program airs. For Bondy,
one of his greatest joys is when children see him in public and
their eyes light up in recognition.
Robert's WonderWorld is a success for the ninety plus PBS channels
that run it. It appears they are well on their way to achieving
what is to Bondy a personal goal of entertaining children while
they learn. It is Bondy's hope that children realize that "no
matter what you choose to do in life, do what you love to do. "
Just as he does as Robert.
Dr. Toy's Tips on Use of Video by Stevanne Auerbach, PhD. /Dr.Toy
www.drtoy.com Smart Play /Smart
Young Children (Toddlers)
Toddlers are growing at a rapid rate and discover something new
each and every day. They want to move and discover their entire
world as much as possible. They like activities that challenge them
and give them an opportunity to explore. In each of these areas
you can help your child by using media like videos and CDs to complement
all these activities. A terrific title to encourage on and off-screen
entertainment and learning is for imaginative movement is Chicka
Chicka Boom Boom.
- Tasty Alphabet Snack based
Chicka Boom Boom
letters with many senses. Feel the dough as you roll out letters,
smell it baking and taste the delicious result.
flour, baking powder, salt, vegetable oil, milk, eggs, cinnamon
(optional), oats (optional), sesame seed (optional), or shredded
For instructions, go to craft
For an insightful article summarizing the American International
Toy Fair, with quotes from Dr. Toy, go to Backstory:
Classic toys 'R' still us
KIDS FIRST!® Film and Video Festival
Join us as we travel around the country with film festivals. Find
out when we will be in a town near you. For details read
San Jose, CA
Canyon Lake, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Grand Prarie, TX
March 31 University
of Connecticut, Storrs, Ct. Northeast
Media Literacy Conference, "Rethinking Media Literacy in
a Changing Youth Culture."
2006 John Ansen Ford Amphitheater (across from the Hollywood Bowl).
The What IFFF? Kids Film Festival and Film Camp. International
Family Film Festival promotes and encourages the creation and
sharing of the family film screenplay through professional and children's
hands-on workshops and seminars. Submission Deadline: June 1, 2006.
Applications are on their web
1, 2006 The Phoenix East/Mesa Hilton, Tucson, AZ. The
28th National Media Market. The National Media Market presents
an exceptional opportunity for media professionals who purchase
for public libraries, universities, media/technology centers and
educational broadcasting to screen the newest and best quality motion
media from 55 prominent producers and distributors. Professional
Development sessions, workshops and roundtable discussions further
enhance the Market experience.
To add your
event to this list, please send a notice to Chris
seeks Technical Director; Technical Assistant; Web Programmer; Production
Assistant Interns; Animation Interns. Please submit your resume,
cover letter, and/or work electronically to [email protected].
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