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VCR R221ap

RAPUNZEL: Faerie Tale Theatre. Playhouse Video, 1986.

Summary: Jeff Bridges, Shelley Duvall and Gena Rowlands star in the recreation of the Grimm Brothers fairy tale.  (48 min.)


VCR R288


Summary: An animated story about Rosie, a girl who is determined to convince everyone that she is a star and an absolutely fascinating personality.  (26 min.)


VCR R312ba

RED BADGE OF COURAGE: MGM/UA Home video, c1951.

Summary: 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 War.  Stars Audie Murphy and Bill Mauldin.  (1 hour & 10 min.)


VCR R312

RED BALLOON: (French version) Voyager Company, 198_?].

Summary: 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.  (34 min.)


VCR R384ro

REMARKABLE ROCKET: Random House Home Video, 1986.

Summary: 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 about humility.  (26 min.)


VCR R513

RICHARD SCARRY'S BEST ABC VIDEO EVER!: Random House Home Video, c1989.

Summary: Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm and friends present the alphabet in the context of 26 charming stories.  (30 min.)


VCR R572

RIKKI TIKKI TAVI: Family Home Entertainment, MCA Dist. Corp, c1988.

Summary: 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 eggs.  (30 min.)


VCR R588ip

RIP VAN WINKLE: Playhouse Video, c1986.

Summary: 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.  (48 min.)


VCR R819

ROSIE'S WALK: Weston Woods, [198_?].

Summary: 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 after another.  (5 min.)


VCR R897

RUBY BRIDGES.  Walt Disney Home Video c1998.

Summary: 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.)


VCR R937

RUMPELSTILTSKIN: Great Plains National Instructional Television Library, 1987

Summary:  LeVar explores a Renaissance festival.  (30 min.)


VCR R937um

RUMPELSTILTSKIN: Faerie Tale Theatre. Playhouse Video, c1987.

Summary: "Boasting about one's daughter is one thing. Telling the king she can spin straw into gold is quite another especially when 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.)


VCR R971

RUSTY & ROSY ABC'S & SUCH: Waterford Institute, 1993

Summary: Sing along with Rusty and Rosy to learn the most important pre-reading skills.  (35 min.)


VCR S286

SCARLET LETTER: Westinghouse Studio One, 1983.

Summary:  A classic story of adultery and love in colonial times.  Black and white version starring Mary Sinclair, John Baragrey, and Richard Purdy.  (52 min.)


VCR S446

SECRET GARDEN: CBS/FOX, Playhouse Video, c1988.

Summary: 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.)


VCR S465g

SELFISH GIANT: Weston Woods, [197_?]

Summary: 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.  (14 min.)


VCR S465gi

SELFISH GIANT: Random House Home Video, 1986.

Summary: 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.  (26 min.)


VCR S582

SILENT MOUSE: Interama Video Classics, [1990], c1988.

Summary: 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 1887.  (51 min.)


VCR S587

SILVER COW: Weston Woods Studios, c1985.

Summary: 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.  (13 min.)


VCR S632be

SLEEPING BEAUTY: Faerie Tale Theatre. Playhouse Video, c1987.

Summary: 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.  (58 min.)


VCR S674no

SNOW QUEEN: CBS/FOX video, c1986.

Summary: 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.  (48 min.)


VCR S674

SNOWMAN: Weston Woods Studios, 1982.

Summary: A young boy's dream of his snowman coming to life is described in muted pastels and exquisite orchestral score.  (26 min.)


VCR S674 1982

SNOWMAN: SVS, Inc., c1982.

Summary: 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 Pole.  (26 min.)


VCR S674s

SNOWY DAY: Weston Woods Studios, 198‑?

Summary: 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.)


VCR S676

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.)


VCR S724

SOUNDER: Paramount Home Video, c1988.

Summary: 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.)


VCR S773

SQUANTO AND THE FIRST THANKSGIVING: Rabbit Ears Productions, c1993.

Summary: 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.  (30 min.)


VCR S879

STONE SOUP: Weston Woods Studios, [198_?].

Summary: Three famished soldiers satisfy their hunger by tricking a group of gullible French peasants into supplying meat and vegetables for a pot of stone soup.  (11 min.)


VCR S883

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.)


VCR S915

STREGA NONNA: Weston Woods Studios, [198_?].

Summary: 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 himself.  (8 min.)


VCR S947

SUHO AND THE WHITE HORSE: Weston Woods Studios, [198‑?].

Summary: 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.  (10 min.)


VCR S978

SWINEHERD: Weston Woods Studios, 1975.

Summary: 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.  (13 min.)


VCR S984


Summary: 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.  (11 min.)


VCR T143

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.)

VCR T258

TEENY TINY AND THE WITCH WOMAN: Weston Woods Studios, 1984.

Summary: When Teeny Tiny and her brothers venture into the woods, only her ingenuity saves them from the wicked witch.  (14 min.)


VCR    T367

THANK YOU, MR. FALKER Thursday Productions, c1999.

Summary: 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.  (23 min.)


VCR T429of

THIEF OF BAGHDAD: Embassy Home Entertainment, 1984.

Summary: 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.)


VCR T531

THREE ROBBERS: Weston Woods Studios, 198‑?

Summary: Three robbers who terrify the countryside are subdued by the charm of a little girl named Tiffany.  (6 min.)


VCR T531hr


Summary: The perils of three little pigs who must escape the Big Bad Wolf as he threatens to blow their houses down.  (51 min.)


VCR T534

THUMBELINA: Rabbit Ears Productions, c1989, 1992.

Summary: 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.  (30 min.)


VCR T535th

THUMBELINA: Faerie Tale Theatre. Platypus Productions, c1986.

Summary: Based 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.)


VCR T583 1995

TIME!: Dorling Kindersley Vision, 1995.

Summary:  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.  (30 min.)


VCR T583

TIME FOR HORATIO: Marshfilm Enterprises, c1990.

Summary: Puzzled by a world of confrontation, competition, and aggression, Horatio the cat seeks a way to cultivate harmony.  (19 min.)


VCR T627

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: MCA Universal Home Video, c1998.

Summary: 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.)


VCR T665

TONIA THE TREE: Marsh Film Enterprises, 1989.

Summary: Tonia the tree is uprooted and discovers that change is exhilarating, and that courage makes anything possible.  (12 min.)


VCR T712

TORTOISE & THE HARE: Children's Video Library, 1987.

Summary: 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.  (1 hour)


VCR T775

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.)  


VCR T971da

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Films Inc., 1978.

Summary: Presents an animation of the song with accompaniment by a school madrigal group.  (4 min.)



UGLY DUCKLING: Weston Woods Studio, 2001.

Summary: Based on Jerry Pinkney's Caldecott Honor version of this classic children's story. (18 min.)


VCR V713

VILLAGE OF ROUND AND SQUARE HOUSES: Weston Woods Studios [1987?].

Summary: 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 houses.  (12 min.)


VCR W324

WATCH THE STARS COME OUT: Great Plains National Instructional Television Library, 1993.

Summary:  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.  (30 min.)


VCR W513

WESLANDIA. Spoken Arts, [2000?]

Wesley's garden produces a crop of huge, strange plants which provide him with clothing, shelter, food, and drink, thus helping him create his own civilization and changing his life.  Based on the book by Paul Fleischman.  (9 min.)  


VCR W555un

WHAT'S UNDER MY BED?: Weston Woods Studios, c1989.

Summary: Grandpa tells his two young houseguests a story about his own childhood when he was scared at bedtime.  (6 min.)


VCR W567

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: Weston Woods Studios, c1973.

Summary: Max, a small boy making mischief in his wolf suit, creates a fantasy world where he reigns as King over the Wild Things.  (8 min.)


VCR W567

WHEN THE DUST SETTLES.  National Film Board of Canada. c1997.

Summary: 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.  (7 min.)


VCR W567


Summary: 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.  (8 min.)


VCR W576

WHISTLE IN THE WIND: Films Incorporated, [198?].

Summary: A Brazilian father tells his young son a traditional folktale.  (16 min.)


VCR W742wo


Summary: 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.)


VCR W763

WIND IN THE WILLOWS: Vestron Inc., 1984.

Summary: 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.)


VCR W835

WIZARD: Weston Woods Studios, 1985.

Summary: 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.  (8 min.)


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! ZIN!: A VIOLIN: Media Productions, [1996]

Summary: 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.  (30 min.)



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