THE CHILDREN OF THEATRE STREET
Documentary. Narrated by Princess Grace of Monaco.
1978, 92 mm.
Behind the scenes look at the Kirov School of Leningrad, the elite institution in which the future ballet dancers of the
Soviet Union are rigorously trained. These children are the cream, skimmed from thousands of applicants. They are expected
to devote their lives to their art to the exclusion of all else. Fascinating.
Krementz, Jill. A very young dancer. Knopf, 1976. (3-6)
Kukun, Susan. Going to my ballet class. Bradbury Press, 1989. (4-6)
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Opera. Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
1985, 40 mm.
This children's opera is based on Maurice Sendak's picture book of the same name, and Sendak wrote the libretto and designed
the sets for this production. Max travels to the land of the Wild Things after being banished to his room for misbehavior.
After being made their king and cavorting with them in a wild rumpus, the smell of his supper pulls him back through his fantasy
to the warm security of his room.
Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things are. Harper, 1962. (K-3)
Preston, Edna Mitchell. The temper tantrum book. Viking, 1969. (P)
Hosenberg, Jane. Sing me a story; the Metropolitan Opera's book of opera stories for children; introduction by Luciano
Pavoratti. Thames & Hudson, 1989. (4-6)
I CAN DANCE!
1989, 29 mm.
Make sure there is a lot of open space in the room before you pop this one in! This is actually a child's first ballet
lesson, desi ned for ages seven and up by Debra Maxwell. There is an introduction to the ballet studio and discussion with
a group of young students about their interest in ballet. The Five Basic Positions are covered along with some basic barre
work, in a format geared towards audience participation.
L' ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES
Ballet. The Nederlands Dans Theater.
1986, 50 mm.
Maurice Ravel's ballet is a good companion piece to Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are"- the energy
from a little boy's temper tantrum animates the objects in his room. As they begin to dance and sing, he is swept up- and
swept away- into their fantasy land. This is a must for young ballet students and a fine introduction to ballet for any child.
Voice of Peter Ustinov. Illustrations
by Alan Daniel.
1990, 40 mm.
Originally released as a record-and-book combination, this is a lively introduction to classical music and the parts
of an orchestra. Different moods are evoked with snatches of well-known classical themes, and then individual instruments
are high-lighted within selected pieces of music. Performed by the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, this video is in stereo,
for those of you with the equipment to play it.
Rubin, Mark. The orchestra. Douglas & McIntyre, 1986. (1-4)
DISNEY'S SING ALONG SONGS - THE BARE NECESSITIES
1987, 27 mm.
A collage of vignettes from classic Disney films accompanied by the original tunes. Just follow the bouncing ball - well,
actually it looks more like a mouse head. But that wont matter to the little ones, who'll be humming and singing these catchy
ditties in no time.
The New illustrated Disney songbook. Abrams, 1986.
INSIDE THE SOVIET CIRCUS
1988, 60 mm.
The Soviet Circus is considered a national treasure, supported by the government and viewed as an art form by the people.
Nationa1 Geographic takes us behind the scenes at Moscow's Circus School to show us just how much hard work and dedication
goes into the breathtaking performances that make up this amazing spectacle.
Krementz, Jill. A very young circus flyer. Knopf, 1982. (3-6)
Circus! Circus!;poems selected by Lee Benne~ Hopkins; illus by John O'Brien. Knopf, 1982 (1-3)
FREE TO BE... YOU AND ME
Mar1o Thomas and friends.
l974, 44 min.
An impressive array of talent is gathered here, lending their creative energies to this joyous, self-affirming exploration
of hopes, dreams and individuality.
Free to be,. you and me. Conceived by Mar1o Thomas; developed and edited by
Carole Hart and others. McGraw-Hill, 1974. (K-3)
Blume, Judy. The Pain and the Great One. Bradbury, 1984. (K-3)
Winthrop, Elizabeth. Tough Eddie. Dutton, 1985. (K-3)
Zolotow, Charlotte. William's doll. Harper, 1972. (K-3)
DePaola, Tomi. Oliver Button is a sissy. Harcourt, 1979. (K-3)
IN SEARCH OF THE WOW WOW WIBBLE WOGGLE
WAZZIE WOODLE WOO!
1985, 55 min.
A most unusual, highly imaginative one-man show featuring the talented Tim Noah and a cast of larger~than-life puppet
grotesques cavorting to an engaging, original score. Winner of 4 Emmy awards.
Dreacher, Henrik. Simon's book. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1983. (K-3)
Burningham, John. Come away from the water, Shirley. Crowell, 1977. (K-3)
Mayer, Mercer. There's a nightmare in my closet. Dial Books for Young Readers,
Gates, Frieda. Easy to make monster masks and disguises. Prentice-Hall, 1981
DONT EAT THE PICTURES
Cast of Sesame Street
1987, 60 mm.
Join Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street gang at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a great way to introduce
little children to the idea of museums in general, or to prepare them for a visit to your local art gallery.
Brown, Laurene Krasny and Marc Brown. Visitingthe art museum. Dutton, 1986.
Talking to the sun. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985.
deLarmat, Max-Henri. Skyblue; translated by Carole Richards. Abrams, 1990. (2-6)
SAVING THE SISTINE CHAPEL
1988, 60 MIN.
This NOVA episode examines the considerable controversy surrounding the restoration of Michaelangelo's most famous masterpiece.
Underneath centuries of soot and grime the restorers are finding incredibly brilliant colors not usually associated with Michaelangelo's
painting style. Is this what the master really intended?
1965, 58 MIN.
The construction of a Gothic cathedral is explained through beautifully detailed animated sequences and visits to real-life
cathedrals throughout France, in-cluding the great cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
Macauley, David. Cathedral,:the story of
its construction. Houghton Mifflin, 1973. (4-up)
Hiller, Carl E. Caves to cathedrals; architecture of the world's great religions. Little, Brown 1974. (5-up)
Animated, live action.
1983, 57 mm.
Fascinating look at the building of a 13th century Welsh castle from the ground up, and a window into what life was like
for the planners, builders and inhabitants. David Macaulay's amazing drawings form the basis for the unique animation style.
*Macauley, David. Castle. Houghton Mifflin, 1977. (5-up)
Unstead, R.J. See inside a castle. Warwick Press, 1979. (5-up)
Vaughn, Jenny. Castles. Watts, 1984. (2-4)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Animated, voice of Mis Farrow.
1989, 27 mm.
This lovely version of the story of a beautiful and unselfish girl and the transforming power of love is the better choice
for younger children - the darker aspects of the story are played down and the hopeful, magical thread dominates. The winner
of a CINE Golden Eagle Award for outstanding children's films.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Klaus Kinsky, Susan Sarandon
1983, 60 mm.
Sumptuous production from Faerie Tale Theatre has inspired casting and haunt-ing imagery owing much to Jean Cocteau's
classic film of the same tale. Too emotionally dark for very young children, older ones will be moved and spellbound.
Mcrinley, Robin. Beauty. a retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. Harper, 1978. (5-up)
Mayer, Marianna. Beauty and the Beast. Four Winds, 1979. (2-up)
Brett, Jan. Beauty and the Beast. Clarion, 1989. (2-up)
THE LIGHT PRINCESS
1985, 56 min.
Cursed at her christening by an evil fairy, this princess has an unusual problem- she is lighter than air. Consequently,
she can never get her feet planted firmly on the ground, and it is impossible for her to take anything seriously. The king
and Queen despair, but the appearance of a handsome prince changes everything.
MacDonald, George. The light princess; with pictures by Maurice Sendak. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1977, c. 1969. (3-6)
MacDonald, George. The complete fairy tales of George MacDonald. Schocken Books, 1977, c. 1969. (4-up)
Nesbit, Edith. Melisande. Harcourt Brace, 1989. (~-3)
Shelley Duvall, Jeff Bridges, Gena Rowlands
1982, 60 min.
Shelley Duvall is the maiden with the long, long locks, imprisoned in the tower by a wicked, selfish witch. When she learns
to let down her hair so that a handsome prince may climb up, her isolation ends and love begins.. ah, if it were only that
simple. The romantic costumes and sets were design-ed to mimic the style of the painter Gustav Klimt, an effective touch with
this fairy tale.
Rogasky, Barbara. Rapunzel, from the Brothers Grimm, retold by Barbara Rogasky, illus. by Trina Schart Hyman. Holiday
The Red Fairy book; collected by Andrew Lang. Kestrel Bks.,1978, c. 1976. (4-6)