OPUS N’ BILL A WISH FOR WINGS THAT WORK: DVD: 24 min; Take your family to Bloom County, a whimsical, wacky cartoon treat that’s as funny for grownups as it is fun for kids! From Pulitzer Prize-winning author/artist Berkeley Breathed, it’s a merry, madcap romp with Opus the earthbound penguin and his brain-fried feline cohort, Bill. Wrestling with an unfulfilled wish to soar through the air like any other self-respecting bird, the plucky penguin decides there’s only one person who can make his aeronautic dream come true: Father Christmas. Bill the Cat coughs up a wild idea that just may bring a holiday miracle, but when ol’ St. Nick finds himself in hot water on December 24th, the fate of Christmas itself suddenly depends on the kind of heroism that only comes in a penguin-sized package! Will Opus come to the rescue and learn the value of being true to oneself?
POETRY-CAPTURING THE MOMENT WITH US POET LAUREATE TED KOOSER & FRIENDS DVD: Nebraskan Ted Kooser, the 13th US Poet Laureate, shows us the beauty in the ordinary through his poetry. This educational DVD provides multiple venues for educators, students, and all of us to experience poetry in an everyday way.
POETRY HALL OF FAME SERIES:58 min each, series of 4 VHS: Simply an incredible collection of great writers, and a wonderful journey through great poems. Within these words one may find all the love, joy, hope, fear, enchantment and humor that is the human spirit:
Volume 1: William Shakespeare (St. Crispin’s Day Speech King Henry V, Act IV, Scene 3), Carl Sandburg (Gone), Carl Hines, Jr (Jazz Poem), Robert Hillyer (Miss Helen Lang), Annie Sexton (And One For My Dame), Leigh Hunt (Abou Ben Adhem), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Part II), Aphra Behn (The Willing Mistress), Roger McGough (Summer with Monica #1 excerpt), Christopher Marlowe (The Passionate Shepherd to His Love), Sir Walter Raleigh (The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd), Edna St. Vincent Millay (Modern Declaration), Rudyard Kipling (The Betrothed excerpt), Walt Whitman (As I Ponder’d in Silence & The Artilleryman’s Vision excerpt), Wilfred Owen (Disabled), Siegfried Sassoon (Aftermath), Emily Dickinson (Dear March-Come In), Stephanie Simpson (Scrapbook of a Summer Evening excerpt), Robert Frost (Tree at My Window & Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening), Geoffrey Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales Prologue), Ogden Nash (Peekaboo, I Almost See You & A Drink With Something in it), Richard Armour (Authentic Antique), Anonymous (The Discriminating Pig), John Milton (Paradise Lost, Book VII excerpt), Stephen Spender (I Think Continually of Those), Percy Bysshe Shelley (Adonais excerpt), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Day is Done).
Volume II: John Masefield (Sea Fever), Edmund Spenser (Amoretti, Sonnett 75 One Day I Wrote Her Name Upon the Stand), Percy Bysshe Shelley (Ozymandias), John Keats (When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be), William Shakespeare (Sonnet CXVI & Let Me Not To The Marriage of Tue Minds), Emily Dickinson (I Swell in Possibility), George Herbert (The Altar), Sir Walter Scott (Song: On the Lifting of the Banner of the House of Buccleuch, at a Great Football Match on Caterhaugh excerpt), Samuel W. Allen (To Satch), A.P. Herbert (Mullion), Roger McGough (Cousin Caroline, Uncle Jed, Uncle Malcolm, Aunt Ermintrude, Albert Robinson), Alexander Pope (Epilogue to the Satires, Dialogue II), Edwin Markham (The Man With the Hoe excerpt), Anne Bradstreet (To My Dear and Loving Husband), Judith Viorst (True Love), Conrad Aiken (The Quarrel), Lord Byron (Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto the Second, XXXV Tis an Old Lesson), Sylvia Plath (The Applicant), William Blake (Vision of Sir Launfal: And What is So Rare As A Day in June?), Amy Lowell (Patterns), Rovert Lowell (For Aunt Sarah), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Sonnett: XLIII How Do I Love Thee?), Robert Browning (Prospice), William Cowper, Hartley Coleridge, Eugene Field (3 Transitions of Ode XXXVIII by Horace), Lord Byron (Written After Swimming From Sestos to Abydos), Joseph S. Newman (Hero and Leander), Willima butler Yeats (When You Are Old), Thomas Hardy (Afterwards), Edgar Lee Masters (Spoon River Anthology: The Hill excerpt), Phyllis McGinley (Text for Today), e.e. cummings (sweet spring is your time), Roger McGough (Goodbat Nightman), Edith Sitwell (Façade: Tarantella)
Volume III: William Wordsworth (An Evening Walk excerpt) & Enough of Climbing Toil), Archibald MacLeish (Ars Poetica), Louis Simpson (The Mannequins), William Carlos Williams (The Artist), Alan Dugan (Teacher’s Vacation Lament in the Country), Alfred Lord Tennyson (The Princess Part III & The Splendor Falls on Castle Walls), Edwin Arlington Robinson (Miniver Cheevy), Edgar Allan Poe (To Helen), Theodore Roethke (Night Journey), John Gould Fletcher (Down the Mississippi), Gerard Manley Hopkins (Pied Beauty), Jesse Stuart (Robert Diesel), Jonathan Swift (Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift), Mark Twain (Stephen Dowling Bots excerpt & Hamlet’s Soliloquy), Omar Khayyam (The Rubaiyat excerpt translated by Edward Fitzgerald), Rihaku (Li-Po) (The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter Translated by Ezra Pound), Yevgeny Yevtushenko (In a Steelworker’s Home translated by John Updike), C. Day Lewis (In the Shelter), Sir John Betjeman (A Subaltern’s Love-song), William Dickey (Resolving Doubts), Robert Louis Stevenson (Romance excerpt), Thomas Moore (Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms), Anonymous (There Is A Lady Sweet and Kind), W.H. Auden (Carry Her Over the Water), Oscar Hammerstein (All The Things You Are), Edgar “Yip” Hammerstein (Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?), A.A. Milne (The King’s Breakfast), Edward Lear (The Owl and the Pussycat), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Rainy Day), The Bible (King James Version) (The Song of Solomon II), Alexander Pope (Couplets), William Shakespeare (Macbeth Act V Scene 5 & Tomorrow, and Tomorrow and Tomorrow), Anonymous (Familiar Lines).
Volume IV: Alfred Lord Tennyson (The Charge of the Light Brigade), William Shakespeare (As You Like It Act II Scene 7 & All the World’s A Stage), Thomas Bailey Aldrich (The Menu), John Dryden (Happy the Man), Peter Motteux (Slaves to London I’ll Deceive You), Ted Hughes (April Birthday), William Wordsworth (Composed by the Side of Grasmere Lake), T.S. Eliot (Gus: The Theatre Cat), N.H. Brettell (Giraffes), Bayard Taylor (A Night With a Wolf), Thomas Hardy (Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?), D.H. Lawrence (Autumn at Taos), Robert V. Carr (The Old Cowboy’s Lament), Dubose Heyward (Dusk), Matthew Arnold (Dover Beach), Philip Larkin (Annus Mirabilis), Jenny Joseph (Warning), Anonymous (The Old Farmer and His Young Wife), Sheldon Harnick (The Shape of Things excerpt), Roger McGough (Summer With Monica - #38), Emily Bronte (Mid the Mist Upon the Hill), Ernest Dowson (Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae), John Donne (Holy Sonnets Number 10: Death, Be Not Proud), Thomas Gray (Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard excerpt), Christina Rossetti (Song), Dylan Thomas (Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night), Robert Louis Stevenson (Requiem), William butler Yeats (Under Ben Bulben – VI), Robert Herrick (To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time), Robert Burns (A Red Red Rose), Edmund Waller (Go, Lovely Rose), Dorothy Parker (One Perfect Rose), William Shakespeare (King Richard II, Act III Scene 2: Let’s Talk of Graves, of Worms and Epitaphs), Herbert Read (My Company – Part I), Phyllis McGinley (Volunteer Fireman), Langston Hughes (I Dream a World), William Shakespeare (The Tempest Act IV Scent I Our Revels Now Are Ended)
PUMPKIN CIRCLE: THE STORY OF A GARDEN VHS & DVD: 20 min, grades K-6: Danny Glover narrates this story about life in a pumpkin patch in this presentation of the book by George Levenson.
READ ON FROM COVER TO COVER: 16- 15 min lessons, grades 4-5: John Robbins will introduce sixteen new books chosen to broaden each student’s reading abilities, experience and appreciation for reading. Lessons include:
Number the Stars
Sing Down the Moon
Me, Mop and the Moondance kid
A Jar of Dreams
Knights of the Kitchen Table; The Not-So-Jolly Roger
Teacher’s Pet; Atta boy Sam
On the Banks of Plum Creek
Pigs Might Fly
Hatchel; Hay Meadow
Shades of gray
READING FOR CHILDREN SERIES: 3- 23 min lessons, grades K-4: Join the radio hosts of WORD as they share the joy of the written word, while exploring strategies that can help them become better readers. Lessons include;
Identifying Letters & Sounds
READING RAINBOW: DVD & VHS: Reading Rainbow is a children's series designed to promote reading comprehension in elementary school age children. Host LeVar Burton introduces the theme of the episode and the book to be profiled in an animated story using the illustrations from the book and narrated by a celebrity. After the story is finished, feature stories in the same subject as the book are profiled, and youth reviewers give critiques of three additional books. LeVar usually introduces the children critics by saying, "but you don't have to take my word for it..." Lessons include:
The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble
Simon’s Book by Henrik Drescher
Ox-cart Man by Donald Hall
Keep the Lights Burning Abbie By Peter & Connie Roop
Digging Up Dinosaurs By Aliki
3 Days On A River In A Red Canoe by Vera B. Williams
Bringing The Rain To Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
Louis The Fish by Arthur Yorinks
Visiting Day By Jacqueline Woodson
Unique Monique By Maria Rousaki
Mr. George Baker Amy Hest
Beegu by Alexis Deacon
Two Old Potatoes and Me By John Coy
READY FOR PHONICS SERIES: 4- 30 min, grades Pre K-2: Familiar fables with endearing characters come to life through video animation. Music and songs combine with sound teaching methods to make learning to read fun for children. Lessons include:
Musical Alphabet Review: 3 little Pigs, sounds of Pp, Cc, Kk, Nn, and Ii. The Little Red Hen, Sounds of Hh, Jj, Bb, Ll, and Aa. The three Billy Goats Gruff, sounds of Gg, Dd, Ff, Mm, and Oo.
Little Red Riding Hood sounds of Rr, Qq, Zz, Vv, Yy, and Uu. The Shoemaker and the Elves, sounds of Ss, Ww, Tt, Ee, and Xx. Sight words, numbers song, words for numbers, words for colors.
Long vowels, short vowels, short vowel story, “Y” as a vowel, word families, 110 most used words.
The World is Round song, capitalization, periods and question marks, plural “s”, silent “e”, side by side vowels, blends, digraphs, bossy “r”.
REVERSE THE CURSE: 33- 15 min lessons, grade 5: Reverse the Curse is set among the Egyptian pyramids. Lessons encourage student reading and creative expression while presenting basic literary principles such as character, style, plot and theme. Lessons include:
RIKKI TIKKI TAVI:grades K-4: Story by Rudyard Kipling, the efforts of a frisky mongoose sworn to defend his adopted family from a garden full of cobras.
SAVAGE SAM: DVD: 104 min: Now discover what happens next in Savage Sam, the sequel to Walt Disney’s classic adventure Old Yeller, where adopting a new pup sets the stage for more thrills in the untamed West. With his two young masters Travis and Arliss Coates (Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran), gentle and true-blue Sam faces even greater dangers than Yeller. From the ferocious attacks of wolves and wildcats to tracking renegade wrongdoers, our four-legged hero proves his pedigree. Savage Sam is a compelling story of love, devotion and trust that is sure to win your heart. Also on the DVD is Old Yeller.
SCHOLASTIC HOLIDAY COLLECTION:14- 10 min lessons, grades K-2. Lessons Include:
Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore VHS & DVD
Max’s Christmas by Rosemary Wells
Morris’s Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells
Giving Thanks by Jake Swamp
Star Spangled Banner by Peter Spier
Seven Candles of Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis
SCHOLASTIC VIDEO COLLECTION: grades K-4: Video adaptations of award winning, classic children’s picture books. Beloved stories come alive in a celebration of friendship, learning and growing up. Lessons include: