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Parents' Choice Announces Top Children's DVDs

29 Sep, 2005 By: Meryl Schoenbaum

The Parents' Choice Foundation, which has been evaluating children's books, videos, toys, audios, computer software, television and magazines for more than 25 years, today announced the winners in the children's DVD category.

Fewer than 15 percent of the entries submitted to the awards program receive a commendation in one of six award levels: Classic, Gold, Silver, Recommended, Approved and Fun Stuff.

Entries are judged by educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and children themselves. Judges base their decisions on how a product helps a child grow socially, intellectually, emotionally, ethically and physically. Products must be free of racial or gender bias and must not extol violence. Awards are bestowed on a biannual basis (spring and fall).

Among the winners in the Parents' Choice Awards' Classic and Gold categories for fall 2005 are:

Classic Awards:

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood — Adventures in Friendship (ages 2-5; Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood — A Day At the Circus (ages 2-5; Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Gold Awards:

Peep's New Friends (ages 3-6; WGBH Boston)

They Might Be Giants — Here Come the ABCs (ages 3-5; Universal Music Video)

What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? (ages 6 and up; The Comical Sense Company)

Welcome to Mars (ages 12 and up; WGBH Boston)

Do You Speak American? (ages 12 and up; FMG Home Video)

The Incredibles (ages 6 and up; Buena Vista Home Entertainment)

In discussing the Classic Award-winning titles, Claire Green, president of the Parents' Choice Foundation, said, “Fred Rogers, or Mister Rogers to most of us, taught the youngest of TV viewers about friendship, caring, patience, perseverance and even anger and disappointment. Although his absence is noticeable, his legacy of lessons is available on DVD.”

For a complete list of winners, visit the Parents' Choice Web site at www.parents-choice.org.

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