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November 22, 2014

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Becky Thatcher, Baseball, and All That Jazz | Multimedia Reviews, October 2014

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The saga of all-women jazz orchestras and boys bonding over baseball feature in two starred DVD reviews. In addition, the secrets behind the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza and The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher are revealed in this month’s lineup.

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Caillou, Josephine Baker, and Music Galore | Multimedia Reviews

Fantastic Mr. Fox
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Reviews of DVDs and audiobook for kids of every age, plus a roundup of children’s music

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Multimedia Reviews | March 2013

Hi! Fly Guy (Weston Woods) ©2005 by Tedd Arnold.

Check out SLJ’s March DVD and audio reviews, including 13 starred reviews. There are some great titles to use in the classroom and for kids to peruse during spring break.

Pick of the Day: Chowder (DVD)

Peter Brown's Chowder DVD

Peter Brown’s endearing bulldog, Chowder rendered lovingly in acrylic-and pencil in the original picture book, is even more appealing in this iconographic DVD production.

Pick of the Day: The Dustbowl (DVD)

Black and white photo of dust storm

The Dustbowl. 2 DVDs. 4 hrs. Prod. by The Dust Bowl Film Project. Dist. by PBS Dist. 2012. ISBN 978-1-608883-718-2. $24.99.
Gr 9 Up–Ken Burns, whose name is synonymous with the highest quality of documentary filmmaking, has turned his camera’s eye to the environmental and economic catastrophe that struck America’s heartland in the 1930s. After detailing the calamity’s prelude involving the easy credit available to farmers and the general lack of respect for the ecology of the land, the production methodically [...]