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Elmo's World: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Elmo's World: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Spring 2016 DVD
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Producer: Sesame Workshop
DVD Price: $14.98

Elmo's World: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes is a tuneful and visual delight, exploring the human body and all the ways it's used to play and perform. This DVD collection features Elmo's World segments originally seen on Sesame Street and familiar friends ranging from Dorothy the Goldfish to Mr. Noodle get in on the fun.

Segments spotlight hair, eyes, ears, noses, mouths, hands, feet and skin, incorporating clever animation and live-action video where children frequently demonstrate physical feats and basic hygiene, for instance, showing all the ways they brush, comb, or pick their hair; and the thorough way to wash hands. But this program also spotlights joyous ways our bodies work as we engage the world, for instance, using hands for everything from finger-painting to communicating in American Sign Language; our mouths for eating, whistling, and blowing bubbles; and keeping our feet busy with sports, dancing and, occasionally, tickling. Pre-school readiness skills like counting find a place in these segments, too.

The DVD offers options to watch the program with English or Spanish subtitles and it also includes three bonus features: The "All Our Senses" story features Elmo, Telly, and Rosita as they roam Sesame Street to get a better sense of the five senses; a "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" animated song featuring the Sesame Street character Abby; and a full-length video titled "The Street We Live On," a sort of celebration and retrospective of 35 years on Sesame Street and the people, monsters and places that make the neighborhood so special.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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