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Here Come the ABCs

Here Come the ABCs

Fall 2005 DVD
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Length: 45 minutes
VHS Price: $12.98
DVD Price: $12.99
Review:
Do not be fooled. This is not a traditional alphabet lesson. "They Might Be Giants" John and John don't even have the letter songs in alphabetical order. Starting with a rocking "Alphabet of Nations" ("Algeria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Dominica") with its animated globe, the production continues with the strange but entertaining "E eats everything," followed by the witty live-action "QU" (showing the two Johns with a Q and a U covering their heads). This is creative and irresistible viewing for all ages. The songs and animation are in a variety of styles: "Go for G!" is like a school fight song, "C is for Conifers"(country-western music with lovely watercolor illustrations) not only talks about the letter but also the family of trees. "LMNO"--"not 'elemeno'" as the lyrics remind us--are "four letters people sometimes confuse for one." "Pictures of Pandas Painting" is odd and surreal, but compelling. The gentle lullaby tune of "ZYX" brings the alphabet to a close as it takes a backward look at the twenty-six letters. Unexpected and intriguing, fresh and creative, this is a winner both parents and children will enjoy again and again.
Reilly Reagan   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Reilly Reagan, M.L.S. is a librarian and teacher currently working as a full-time mom. She has been reviewing media since 1991, writing for Library Journal and Video Librarian magazines. Her eight-year old and five-year-old sons enjoy helping with critiques.

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