February 17, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Pick of the Day: Sukey’s Circle (DVD)

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Sukey’s Circle! Vol. 3: Mini Shows. DVD. 33 min. Sukeymolloy.com. 2013. ISBN unavail. $15.99.
PreS–K–With her reassuring, gentle manner, Sukey Molloy delivers 15 mini shows that encourage young children to play, sing, and move. Each segment begins and ends with the series’ theme song, making these perfect to use individually during transitional moments between activities. Her original songs, along with some traditional ones such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” will have toddlers singing along. Molloy demonstrates fun movements and invites viewers to perform them with her. A trained dancer, she makes her movements large and expressive, yet easy to follow. The set features primary colors against a white background. Simple graphics offer some variety, as in the “Puppet Song,” where Molloy catches bubbles against a black background or when she performs the joyful dance, “I Am a Tree,” against a backdrop of forest imagery. Molloy’s Sunshine family includes plush dolls, Sunny and Tick Tock, whom she addresses and asks questions. A spattering of brief stories illustrated with uncomplicated graphics reminiscent of felt board shapes include the rhyming “Five Golden Apples” and “These Are My Eyes.” Molloy’s simple and soothing offering is a welcome respite from some of the frenetic, over-stimulating programs that target young children.–Constance Dickerson, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, OH

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