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Archive for January, 2009

BERENSTAIN BEARS: KINDNESS, CARING AND SHARING

Sunday, January 18th, 2009
Join Bear Country’s most loveable family in this new-to-DVD collection of animated stories as they get ready for Valentine’s Day with family and friends. THE BERENSTAIN BEARS: KINDNESS, CARING AND SHARING will be on the shelves on January 20, 2009. It will include the original Valentine’s Day network special called “Comic Valentine” plus four additional episodes about birthdays, new neighbors and kite-flying! As in all THE BERENSTAIN BEARS adventures, this close-knit family presents positive role models for parents and children.

Episodes Include

Comic Valentine – Brother Bear gets a Valentine from a secret admirer and attempts to find out who the secret sender is while the family joins in the spirit of Valentine’s Day fun.

Messy Room –  Brother and Sister’s room is a mess, and Mama Bear’s solution is to throw everything unnecessary out, but Papa Bear stops her, offering a different solution. Brother and Sister Bear learn a proper technique to clean up their rooms efficiently and quickly.

Trouble With Friends – A new Bear family arrives in a nearby treehouse, and Sister Bear finally finds a new friend – but how they think and speak is making it difficult to get along. Sister learns how to adapt to different personalities and appreciate people’s uniqueness.

Too Much Birthday – Sister’s big, noisy sixth-birthday party is considered “Too Much Birthday” and her sympathetic parents help her realize the true importance of having a birthday.

Go Fly A Kite – The cubs set out to win a kite-flying contest, but Papa Bear makes such a big kite, that it carries him away! The cubs learn bigger is not always better and to enjoy the experience rather than the outcome.

Report: TV, Internet harm kids

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

USA Today ran a story about a new report that was released today that shows how parents and policymakers need to take action to protect children from being harmed by TV, the Internet and other types of media.  A meta-analysis released today, which analyzed 173 of the strongest papers over 28 years, finds that 80% agree that heavy media exposure increases the risk of harm, including obesity, smoking, sex, drug and alcohol use, attention problems and poor grades. Go here for the complete article by By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY.

ELMO LOVES YOU!

Monday, January 5th, 2009
Always thoughtful and kind, Elmo is making a surprise card for someone special in Elmo Loves You!, debuting on DVD January 6th from Genius Products and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street. Everyone’s favorite furry red monster is joined by Rosita and heroic helper Super Grover on an important quest to save the day and make someone feel loved. Building upon Sesame Workshop’s legacy of engaging educational programs, Elmo Loves You! is a joyful adventure that imparts valuable life lessons about love, emotion and friendship in a memorable way that resonates with preschoolers and young children. Elmo Loves You Box Art

Boasting special performances by some of music’s greatest talents, features Grammy® Award winners Trisha Yearwood, John Legend and R.E.M., along with a toddler-ific new tune, “Elmo Loves You.” Children will learn how to sign the words “I Love You” from a delightful new music video. A perfect gift for Valentines Day or any day.

Elmo is making a super special surprise card for someone Elmo really loves, but a gust of wind blows it away! Elmo and Rosita chase the card all over Sesame Street but can’t reach it. Can Super Grover use his heroic skills to save the day? Join Elmo, Rosita and Grover as they learn about love, emotions and the importance of friends in this love-ly tale featuring the new songs “Elmo Loves You” and “Signing I Love You.” Elmo is your friend and remember, Elmo loves you!

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