May 21, 2018

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Tyrus | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 7 Up –As a nine-year-old boy, Tyrus Wong emigrated to California from China with his father in the early 1900s, experiencing deprivation, poverty, and prejudice during his formative years.

Fletcher’s Seasons | SLJ DVD Review

K-Gr 2 –Each of these rereleased seasonal stories features Fletcher, a sweet but mildly anxious young fox as he copes with falling leaves, springtime blossoms, and a snowy Christmas.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s a Beautiful Day Collection | SLJ DVD Review

PreS-Gr 2 –With this 50th anniversary four-disc DVD set featuring 30 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, viewers young and old will be able to visit Mister Rogers, his friends, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe over and over again.

The Cheetah Children | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4 Up –Having gained the trust and acceptance of a mother cheetah, conservationist and cameraman Kim Wolhuter takes viewers on an 18-month journey into the life of the cheetah and her five cubs.

Caldecott Collection, Vol. III. | SLJ DVD Review

K-Gr 3 –From Jake Gyllenhaal’s rendition of Mordicai Gerstein’s The Man Between Two Towers to B.D. Wong’s exquisite vocal work for the suspenseful Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China, the Caldecott classics of yesteryear come alive through the voices of skilled actors in this repackaged collection of winners.

Tell Them We Are Rising | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 7 Up –Director Stanley Nelson’s documentary surveys the history of higher education for African Americans.

Democracy in America | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 8 Up –This series contains many primary source documents including images of period maps, political cartoons, paintings, and newspaper headlines.

Stories for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | SLJ DVD Review

K-Gr 5 –This DVD contains two picture book adaptations that highlight the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. to the civil rights movement: March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Dr. Christine King Farris and Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, with art by Bryan Collier.

Education, Inc. | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 9 Up –Filmmaker Brian Malone presents cautionary evidence of the stealth privatization movement of public schools across the country.

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4-8 –A teacher discounted young African-Puerto Rican student Arturo Schomburg’s heritage, stating, “There were no Negro heroes worth noting.” Rather than discourage him, that comment spurred his lifelong quest for the facts.

Deej | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 9 Up –David James Savarese, or Deej, was adopted at age three after his abandonment by his birth mother.

Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México | SLJ DVD Review

Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México. 22 min. Dreamscape. 2017. $38.99. ISBN 9781520081144.

Gr 2 Up –Animation brings to life Duncan Tonatiuh’s biography of Amalia Hernández, the talented dancer and founder of the Ballet Folklórico de México. Tonatiuh’s distinctive art style is combined with the different folkloric dances of various regions of Mexico. The vibrant illustrations leap off the screen as Hernández begins to learn ballet and travels through Mexico to study the histories and dances of the regions. […]

Revolting Rhymes | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 1-5 –Adapted from the six-poem collection by Roald Dahl, this excellent production mashes the tales together and frames them brilliantly.

School’s First Day of School | SLJ DVD Review

K-Gr 2 –School has just been built and he is looking good. However, now that it’s the first day of school, he’s a bit nervous. What’s going to happen?

The Farthest: Voyager in Space | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 6 Up –In the late 1960s, NASA scientists started work on the Voyager Program to send two space probes to photograph and study the little-known outer planets.

The Vietnam War | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 9 Up –Filmmakers Burns and Novick invested 10 years in making this documentary series, which clocks in at over 18 hours, including extras.

Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 7 Up –Taking photographs of rare animals and habitats that might become extinct is the focus of this three-part program.

Freedom Over Me | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4-6 –Ashley Bryan takes readers back to the brutal reality of American slavery, using primary source documents from an 1828 estate appraisal as his launching point to bring the 11 enslaved people listed to life.

Great Yellowstone Thaw | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 5 Up –The unique ecosystem of Great Yellowstone National Park and the wildlife that survive its extreme temperatures is the focus of this three-part program.

Joe’s Violin | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4 Up –When New York City radio station WQXR put out a call for donations of instruments for schools, thousands responded. Every instrument has a story, but this documentary follows just one, Joe Feingold’s violin