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Faerie Tale Theatre. Playhouse Video, 1986.
Jeff Bridges, Shelley Duvall and Gena Rowlands star in the recreation of
the Grimm Brothers fairy tale.
ROSIE, STARRING THE NUTSHELL KIDS: Weston Woods Studios, c1976.
An animated story about Rosie, a girl who is determined to convince
everyone that she is a star and an absolutely fascinating personality.
RED BADGE OF COURAGE: MGM/UA Home video,
Movie version of Stephen Crane's novel: the story of Henry Fleming and
his initiation into manhood as a Union Army recruit during the Civil
Stars Audie Murphy and Bill Mauldin. (1 hour & 10 min.)
RED BALLOON: (French version) Voyager Company, 198_?].
Story about a young boy's friendship with a red balloon, their
adventures together, and the boy's attempt to save the balloon from a
gang of urchins who want to destroy it.
REMARKABLE ROCKET: Random House Home Video, 1986.
Here is a colorfully animated version of Oscar Wilde's story of the same
name, the tale of a conceited rocket who learns an important lesson
SCARRY'S BEST ABC VIDEO EVER!: Random House Home Video, c1989.
Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm and friends present the alphabet in the context
of 26 charming stories.
Family Home Entertainment, MCA Dist. Corp, c1988.
At the turn of the century in India, a young mongoose is adopted by a
British family. Protecting his family to the death, Rikki battles two
evil cobras that want to kill the humans in order to safely hatch their
VAN WINKLE: Playhouse Video, c1986.
While hunting in the Kaatskill Mountains, Rip meets a company of ghosts
who get him drunk. When he wakes up it's 20 years later.
WALK: Weston Woods, [198_?].
Although unaware that a fox is after her as she takes a walk around the
farmyard, Rosie the hen still manages to lead him into one accident
BRIDGES. Walt Disney Home Video c1998.
Based on the true story of six-year-old Ruby, one of the first Black
students to integrate public elementary school in New Orleans.
(1 hour & 30 min.)
Great Plains National Instructional Television Library, 1987
LeVar explores a Renaissance festival.
Tale Theatre. Playhouse Video, c1987.
"Boasting about one's daughter is one thing. Telling the king she
can spin straw into gold is quite another
the penalty for failure is death--and the price of success
is her firstborn child!"
Stars Ned Beatty, Shelley Duvall, and Herve Villechaize. (48 min.)
& ROSY ABC'S & SUCH: Waterford Institute, 1993
Sing along with Rusty and Rosy to learn the most important pre-reading
LETTER: Westinghouse Studio One, 1983.
A classic story of adultery and love in colonial times.
Black and white version starring Mary Sinclair, John Baragrey, and
Richard Purdy. (52 min.)
SECRET GARDEN: CBS/FOX, Playhouse Video, c1988.
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors
and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of an unlocked garden.
BBC version starring Sarah Hollis Andrews, John Woodnut, and David
Patterson. (1 hour & 50 min.)
SELFISH GIANT: Weston Woods, [197_?]
A selfish giant refuses to share his garden with the neighboring
children but soon discovers that in shutting them out he has also kept
out happiness and sunshine.
SELFISH GIANT: Random House Home Video, 1986.
An animated film that tells the story of a selfish giant who builds a
wall around his castle garden to keep children from playing there.
MOUSE: Interama Video Classics, , c1988.
The true story of the famous carol Silent Night starts in a little town
in Austria, where a chain of strange events happened on Christmas Eve
SILVER COW: Weston Woods Studios, c1985.
An adaptation of the Welsh tale about a young Welsh boy who is rewarded
for his harp playing with a silver cow, the gift of the magic people
living in the lake. The cow makes his family rich until his father
becomes greedy and the magic people take revenge.
Tale Theatre. Playhouse Video, c1987.
An adaptation of the fairy tale about the beautiful princess who falls
asleep after pricking her finger, and remains asleep until she is
awakened by the kiss of a prince.
Stars Beverly D'Angelo, Bernadette Peters, and Christopher Reeve.
SNOW QUEEN: CBS/FOX video, c1986.
A young girl and boy journey to the frigid ice palace to learn the value
of human warmth. The boy, cursed by a Goblin, turns his back on
imagination and the friendship of the girl, and embraces scientific
logic. Only the magical intervention of the Snow Queen can rescue their
friendship and save them from frozen death. Stars Melissa Gilbert, Lance
Kerwin and Lee Remick.
SNOWMAN: Weston Woods Studios, 1982.
A young boy's dream of his snowman coming to life is described in muted
pastels and exquisite orchestral score.
SVS, Inc., c1982.
Presents an animated, nonnarrated story about a young boy's snowman that
comes to life and escorts him on a fantasy dream visit to the North
SNOWY DAY: Weston Woods Studios, 198‑?
Expresses the delight of a young boy as he romps in the snow. From the
book of the same name
by Ezra Jack Keats. (6 min.)
SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT: Weston Woods, c2002.
Summary: Based on the book by Judith St. George that recounts an
assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S.
Presidents from George Washington to Bill Clinton. (27 min.)
Paramount Home Video, c1988.
The heartwarming story of a black sharecropper family in Louisiana
during the Depression. A father steals food for his family, his wife
provides love, security and strength while he is in prison, and their
oldest son bravely becomes the man of the house until his father
returns. Together they love and laugh, struggle and survive, and dream
and hope of a more promising future.
(1 hour & 45 min.)
AND THE FIRST THANKSGIVING: Rabbit Ears Productions, c1993.
Graham Greene narrates this true story of Squanto, a Native American
sold into slavery in Spain, and later returns to teach the Pilgrims how
to survive in a harsh new land.
SOUP: Weston Woods Studios, [198_?].
Three famished soldiers satisfy their hunger by tricking a group of
gullible French peasants into supplying meat and vegetables for a pot of
STOP, DROP AND ROLL: Spoken Arts, 2003.
Summary: Based on the 2001 book by Margery Cuyler, this video describes young Jessica, who worries about everything from homework to remembering to fill her dog's dish. After a school assignment to check her home for potential fire dangers, Jessica learns that fire safety begins with extinguishing her fears. (12 min.)
NONNA: Weston Woods Studios, [198_?].
Retells the Italian tale about Big Anthony, whose enchantment with
Strega Nonna's magic pasta pot nearly spells the end for both the town
AND THE WHITE HORSE: Weston Woods Studios, [198‑?].
Retells the Mongolian legend about a poor shepherd whose devotion to his
horse resulted in the creation of the traditional horse-headed
fiddle of the Mongolian steppes.
SWINEHERD: Weston Woods Studios, 1975.
An animated adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's tale illustrated by
Bjorn Wiinblad about a princess who scorns the love of a prince until he
disguises himself as a swineherd.
AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE: Weston Woods, 1993.
In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to
turn him into a rock. However,
he cannot hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.
TALE OF TRICKY FOX: Spoken Arts, 2002.
Summary: New England trickster tale with Tricky Fox attempting to con three old ladies into giving him more than he arrived with in his sack. He meets his match as the third woman is a teacher who is especially smart. Based on the book by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock. (15 min.)
TINY AND THE WITCH WOMAN: Weston Woods Studios, 1984.
When Teeny Tiny and her brothers venture into the woods, only her
ingenuity saves them from the wicked witch.
YOU, MR. FALKER Thursday Productions, c1999.
Trish loves school, but her difficulty with learning to read makes her
feel dumb, until her fifth grade teacher helps her understand and
overcome her problem.
OF BAGHDAD: Embassy Home Entertainment, 1984.
The classic Arabian Nights fantasy in which the hero, Karim,
impersonates a prince, wins the heart of the Sultan's daughter and
undergoes spectacular adventures to save the life of his love.
(1 hour & 30 min.)
THREE ROBBERS: Weston Woods Studios, 198‑?
Three robbers who terrify the countryside are subdued by the charm of a
little girl named Tiffany.
LITTLE PIGS: CBS/FOX Video, c1986.
The perils of three little pigs who must escape the Big Bad Wolf as he
threatens to blow their houses down.
Rabbit Ears Productions, c1989, 1992.
A long time ago in Denmark a childless couple, through a witch's
spell, became blessed with a radiantly beautiful girl.
She was no bigger than a thumb, so she was called Thumbelina.
Snatched from her family by an ugly toad who wanted to marry her,
Thumbelina escapes, befriending various creatures of the forest.
Ultimately, she meets the king of the flower angels, with whom
she finds happiness forever.
Tale Theatre. Platypus Productions, c1986.
on the Hans Christian Anderson story, a tiny girl encounters many unusual experiences before she finds the
home where she really belongs.
Stars Carrie Fisher, William Katt, and Burgess Meredith. (50 min.)
Dorling Kindersley Vision, 1995.
Buddy, the elephant, and Pip the mouse, and a host of lovable
puppets bring fun, humor, and songs to delight and stimulate young
children's imaginations, while they learn about the world around them.
FOR HORATIO: Marshfilm Enterprises, c1990.
Puzzled by a world of confrontation, competition, and aggression,
Horatio the cat seeks a way to cultivate harmony.
KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: MCA Universal Home Video, c1998.
Gregory Peck stars in 1962 film based on book by Harper Lee.
Two children in small southern town are thrust into adult world
of racial bigotry and hatred when their lawyer father defends a black
man unjustly accused on raping white girl.
(2 hours & 30 min.)
THE TREE: Marsh Film Enterprises, 1989.
Tonia the tree is uprooted and discovers that change is exhilarating,
and that courage makes anything possible.
TORTOISE & THE HARE: Children's Video Library, 1987.
Presents a reading of the book The
Tortoise & the Hare, by Janet Stevens. Host LeVar Burton
participates in Hawaii's First Annual Rainbow Mini-Classic Bicycle
Race. Presents a reading of the book Hill
of Fire by Thomas P. Lewis.
TRASHY TOWN: Weston Woods, c2001.
Summary: The book Trashy Town, by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, relates the story of Mr. Gilly and his trash gathering adventures. The video captures the bold pictures and the repeated rhyme, "Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy Town!" (6 min.)
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Films Inc., 1978.
Presents an animation of the song with accompaniment by a school
UGLY DUCKLING: Weston Woods Studio, 2001.
Summary: Based on Jerry Pinkney's Caldecott Honor version of this classic children's story. (18 min.)
VILLAGE OF ROUND
AND SQUARE HOUSES: Weston Woods Studios [1987?].
A grandmother explains to her listeners why, in their village on the
side of a volcano, the men live in square houses and the women in round
THE STARS COME OUT: Great Plains National Instructional Television
LeVar explores the plight of the courageous immigrants who came
to America filled with hopes and dreams.
He also finds out about the restoration of the Statue of Liberty.
Spoken Arts, [2000?]
garden produces a crop of huge, strange plants which provide him with
clothing, shelter, food, and drink, thus
him create his own civilization and changing his life.
Based on the book by Paul Fleischman. (9 min.)
UNDER MY BED?: Weston Woods Studios, c1989.
Grandpa tells his two young houseguests a story about his own childhood
when he was scared at bedtime.
THE WILD THINGS ARE: Weston Woods Studios, c1973.
Max, a small boy making mischief in his wolf suit, creates a fantasy
world where he reigns as King over the Wild Things.
THE DUST SETTLES. National
Film Board of Canada. c1997.
Some neighboring gophers have an appetite for anger and revenge. By
sundown the retaliatory rodents have all but obliterated both of their
homes. Is there any way they can put the pieces together? This video
explores, without words, conflict resolution.
SOPHIE GETS ANGRY-REALLY, REALLY ANGRY.
Thursday Productions. c1999.
A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes
the time to cool off and regain her composure.
IN THE WIND: Films Incorporated, [198?].
A Brazilian father tells his young son a traditional folktale.
WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Warner Home Video, c1996.
Based upon the book Charlie and
the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Join Charlie Bucket, his
grandfather, and four lucky contest winners on a tour through the
factory of the mysterious candy mogul Willy Wonka.
(1 hour & 40 min.)
WIND IN THE WILLOWS: Vestron Inc., 1984.
The delightful story of the eccentric Mr. Toad and his pals Ratty,
Badger, and Mole. This quirky quartet is the centerpiece of an engaging
adventure/comedy that teaches a valuable lesson in modesty.
(1 hour & 38 min.)
WIZARD: Weston Woods Studios, 1985.
A visit to the Wizard to buy a magic spell seems the best solution for
the little mouse who is bored of being a mouse.
YO! YES?: Weston Woods Studios, 2000.
Summary: Caldecott honor book by Chris Raschka, with voices by Ryann Williams and Tucker Bliss, relates the story of two lonely characters, one black and one white, who meet on the street and become friends. (5 min.)
ZIN! ZIN!: A VIOLIN: Media Productions, 
From Reading Rainbow based on the book by Lloyd Moss and read by Gregory
Hines, this video tells the story of ten instruments that take their
parts one by one in a musical performance.