Arthur's Music Jamboree

DVD. 1:44 hrs. Prod. by WGBH Boston and CINAR. Dist. by PBS Dist. 2011. ISBN 978-1-60883-523-2. $12.99.
PreS-Gr 3—Based on the children's books by Marc Brown featuring Arthur the aardvark, these episodes showcase the many ways music plays a role in everyday life. Each story centers on a music-related theme ranging, from Arthur dealing with his retiring music teacher being replaced by a famous musician to Buster's distress after eating all of the candy he was to sell as a band fundraiser to a battle between classical musician Yo-Yo Ma and jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman at the library. Issues related to performances and stage fright also take center-stage in several episodes. The cheerful, simple animation combined with dilemmas patterned on real-life situations make this a sure bet for Arthur fans and libraries.—Cathie Bashaw Morton, Millbrook Central School District, NY

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