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The Parents' Choice Award is an award presented by the non-profit Parents' Choice Foundation to recognize "the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels." It is considered a "prestigious" award among children's products,and has been described as the industry equivalent of an Academy Award. Awards are given out in the following categories: audio, books, DVD, magazines, computer software, television, toys, and video games.

The awards are determined by a committee of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and children. Approximately 20% of those items submitted to the Parents’ Choice Awards™ program receive a commendation in one of the six award levels: Classic, Gold, Silver, Recommended, Approved, and Fun Stuff

(from Parents' Choice Award Wiki Site, wikipedia.org)

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Zooper Phonics

Region: 1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Run Time: 30 minutes
PartNumber: 23845405
Take a ride on the alphabet train to the most amazing zoo you'll ever see in ZOOper Phonics. Visit animals in their natural habitats through the magical world of computer animation with bright, bold images of alligators, bears, dolphins, monkeys, zebras and lots more. Children's voices on the video invite young viewers to shout out the names of the animals while learning correct phonetic pronunciation. Foot-stamping, hand-clapping classical marches from composers like Johann Strauss and John Philips Sousa accompany the train on its fun journey through the zoo.

Zootles

Created for children 2-6 years old. Each issue includes a featured animal, number, and phoneme sound. Counting and sound recognition games are built in to the content, along with read aloud stories, poems and more! This magazine is so much fun, youngsters won't realize how much they are learning.

zPix

Ages: 8 & Up
Publisher/Producer: Carson Optical

Zulu Dog

An honest and compassionate look at post-apartheid South Africa

Vusi, an eleven-year-old Zulu boy growing up in poverty in rural South Africa, is enchanted by the helpless puppy he finds in the bush. He names it Gillette for its razor-sharp teeth and hides it from his mother, who disapproves of bush dogs as pets. His devotion to Gillette only grows stronger after the puppy is mauled by a leopard and loses a leg. But as boy and dog play carefree games, storm clouds are gathering over Vusi's family - ruthless rival taxi owners are trying to drive his father out of business. While Vusi and Gillette learn to hunt together, they meet the daughter of a neighboring white farmer. Gillette becomes the catalyst for their unlikely friendship, which has a decisive impact on the fate of Vusi's whole family - and the larger community.

A starkly realistic story set against the backdrop of the country's tortured racial history, Zulu Dog holds out the hope that a new generation of South Africans can create a better future for their land.
Zulu Dog is a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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