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.
With her signature woodblock prints, the Caldecott medalist Mary Azarian invites readers into her own garden to discover its simple joys. Revealing the variety of life underground, the bright comfort of a greenhouse on a winters day, or the anticipation of starting seeds indoors in early spring, this striking alphabet book reminds us that gardens are perhaps our best way to live closer to the land and to the rhythm of the seasons.
This Newbery Honor book by award-winning, bestselling author Nancy Farmer is being reissued in paperback!
Eleven-year-old Nhamo lives in a traditional village in Mozambique, where she doesn't quite fit in. When her family tries to force her into marrying a cruel man, she runs away to Zimbabwe, hoping to find the father she's never met. But what should have been a short boat trip across the border turns into a dangerous year-long adventure, and Nhamo must summon her innermost courage to ensure her survival.
Region: 1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Run Time: 60 minutes Model: 6632961 PartNumber: 5798677 Researcher and author Rachel Simmons examines the challenges facing young women as they surf the waves of 21st century adolescence. Simmons interviews parents, psychologists, teachers, and social workers who are helping nurture girls into capable, resilient adults. She also talks with four very special girls who tell their own deeply personal tales of dealing with issues like cyber bullying, body image, and violence.
Region: 1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Run Time: 85 minutes PartNumber: 81519 An estranged family discovers that to understand the past, they first have to face it. For a dear old man on Christmas, the reward is being called Grandpa for the first time in his life. Eighty-year-old Bert Riley is a former movie tough guy living comfortably and surrounded by good friends all vets from Hollywood s Golden Age. With a scrapbook full of memories, life has been pretty good to him. But he never expected any more surprises out of it. That s before he receives word on Thanksgiving that Marie, the estranged daughter he hasn t seen in decades, is in the hospital following a car accident. What s more, Becca, the ten-year-old granddaughter he s never even met, is moving in with him! If "To err is human, to forgive divine," that counts double during the holidays. When her single mother, Marie (Tracy Nelson), is injured in a traffic accident, 10-year-old Becca (Joan of Arcadia's Juliette Goglia), is left without a guardian. Due to a rift in the family, shes never met her grandfather, Bert (Golden Globe nominee Ernest Borgnine), who also lives in Los Angeles. Long divorced from his wife, who has since passed away, Bert is also alone, except for a community of retired actors and agents. When a social worker asks if he can take care of Becca until Marie recovers, he's happy to try. At first, Becca just wants to sulk, but then she starts to enjoy the company of her grandfather and his friends, like the piano-playing Roxie (Soap's Katherine Helmond) and chess-playing Karl (All of Me's Richard Libertini). With their encouragement, she participates in her schools Christmas pageant. With Marie on the mend, things are looking up for Becca, so it comes as a disappointment that her mother can't see the goodness in Bert, who's doing his best to make up for lost time. Marie only remembers how hurt she felt when her parents split up and has always blamed Bert, but sees him in a new light when she finds out the whole story. Produced for the Hallmark Channel, A Grandpa for Christmas finds the right balance between realism and wish fulfillment, and the 90-year-old Borgnine gives one of his most enjoyable performances to date. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
PartNumber: FBA-|280142 From the simplest couplet to the mind-boggling pantoum, the award-winning team behind A POKE IN THE I shows us the many fascinating ways poetic forms take shape.
In this splendid and playful volume second of a trilogy an acclaimed creative team presents examples of twenty-nine poetic forms, demonstrating not only the (sometimes bendable) rules of poetry, but also the spirit that brings these forms to life. Featuring poems from the likes of Eleanor Farjeon (aubade), X. J. Kennedy (elegy), Ogden Nash (couplet), Liz Rosenberg (pantoum), and William Shakespeare, the sonnet king himself, A Kick in the Head perfectly illustrates Robert Frosts maxim that poetry without rules is like a tennis match without a net.
Number of discs: 1 Rated: Model: 3747701 PartNumber: CDUMG B001891002 Iconic Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist Mary J. Blige has recorded her first-ever holiday album, A Mary Christmas, for Matriarch Records/Verve Records/Interscope Records. A Mary Christmas is an extraordinary collaboration between collaboration between Blige and legendary producer and Verve Music Group Chairman, David Foster. 'Working with David Foster is a singer's dream. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to make this soulful classic Christmas album with him. David's music has touched so many lives, I'm so proud of what we've created and I believe my fans will love it as much as I do,' says Mary J. Blige.
A Mary Christmas features Blige's soulful interpretation of classic holiday tunes including 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,' and 'The Christmas Song.' Blige is joined by a number of A-list guests, starting with Barbra Streisand, who duets with Blige on 'When You Wish Upon A Star,' along with Jessie J on 'Do You Hear What I Hear;' The Clark Sisters join Blige on 'The First Noel' and 'Noche de Paz,' is a Spanish collaboration with Mark Anthony.
Other highlights on the album include 'Little Drummer Boy,' 'My Favorite Things,' 'This Christmas,' 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,' and Tino Rossi's 'Petit Papa Noel.'
'There are so many things that I find inspiring about Mary, says David Foster, 'but it always comes back to the fact that she has no limits and no boundaries. She doesn't think of herself as black or white, or yellow or red, or male or female. She just thinks of herself as a singer and she's a great singer.'
Preston and his wife, Ruth, own Ellington Lodge. Preston is a checkers-playing fiend and is known around the neighborhood as the greatest checkers player in the world. When a small dog named Marley shows up at Ellington Lodge, Preston at first thinks hes harmless, and Ruth is delighted because Marley helps out with chores that Preston has no time for, due to his checkers games. Ever-helpful Marley soon seems to cast a spell over everyone at the lodge with his cooking talent, amazing storytelling, speed painting, and magic tricks. When Marley beats Preston in checkers, ending his 992-game winning streak, its a bit too much for Preston to take, and he wants the canine wonder gone. Will Preston be able to turn the folks of Ellington Lodge against the little dog?
Number of discs: 1 Rated: Model: 2180879 PartNumber: 1862733 The 12-track CD features such classics such as "Over the Rainbow," "What A Wonderful World," and "You Are So Beautiful," a moving duet with her father Brian Wilson. Additionally there is a cover of the song "Heaven" by her late uncle Carl Wilson. Some of the new tracks include "When You Dream" written by Carnie and her husband Rob Bonfiglio and "Without the Sun" written by her sister Wendy. Carnie also recorded a new arrangement of the Elvis Presley classic "Love Me Tender" interpreted as a lullaby. Carnie Wilson won't be the first singer-turned-mother to climb aboard the lullaby train in search of new career scenery, but at least she comes by the urge honestly. Listen closely to any Wilson Phillips disc and it's clear hers is a voice that would make any recruiter's short list for new baby whisperers: it's soothing, it's rich, and it's tender. It's also plainly in a place where pleasing budding musical senses has become pretty important. "Lola Sofia," a love song for Wilson's 1-year-old, trickles off the disc like maternal tears of joy, and so do a couple of other originals--"When You Dream," co-written by Wilson and lucky little Lola Sofia's father, and "With the Sun," written by sister Wendy. But the real feast for tots on a scoot toward the Sandman (as well as their Beach Boys-loving parents and grandparents) arrives in the form of covers. "You Are So Beautiful," a duet with father Brian Wilson, is shot through with the senior Wilson's signature sun-warmed quality, and "Heaven," written by Carl Wilson, captures more of the well-woven, brightly lit family sensibility. Good vibrations sometimes come packaged in lullaby form, too. --Tammy La Gorce
Readers learn about the Islamic observance of Ramadan in this charming story of a young Muslim girl determined to do the right thing during her first Ramadan fast. Ramadan is coming and Leena is excited. Although she is too young to fast every day during the Muslim religious festival, Leena decides to fast each Friday instead. When Leena receives an invitation to a party which happens to fall on Friday, she has a dilemma. She doesn't want to miss the party, but she doesn't want to miss fasting either. So Leena decides to go to the party, but not eat or drink anything at all. Later, she will join her family for the meal known as iftar, when the daily fast is broken. But when Leena, who is the only Muslim at the party, sees her friends enjoying fresh lemonade and chocolate cake, her stomach starts to growl and her head begins to hurt. Will she keep her Ramadan fast?
Author Asma Mobin-Uddin and illustrator Laura Jacobsen create a story that anyone can connect with while also teaching readers about Ramadan in this Parents' Choice Award book.
Booklist says: "The blend of the upbeat and challenging moments will spark discussion, and a final note fills in more about the holy month."
Number of discs: 1 Rated: One of Canada s most significant contemporary folk performers, Connie Kaldor, has produced an award-winning critically-acclaimed album featuring enjoyable songs for children. Enhanced content with printable file of lyrics and charts.
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