Richard Scarry - Best Learning VI [Import]
A painless way of learning a few things about shapes, numbers, letters, opposites, and good manners, Best Learning Songs Video Ever is an engaging treat for young kids who love music. The story finds Huckle Cat and his buddies putting on a backyard variety show that draws the entire town as an audience. With Huck as master of ceremonies and Lowly Worm as stage manager, the children of Busy Town entertain their families and friends with tunes about the fundamentals of an education. Besides Hilda Hippo's ABC song, there's Oly Owl's melody about shapes, and Alex and Anna's song about opposites. There's much more, including a couple of golden oldies such as "If You're Happy and You Know It." A real winner. --Tom Keogh
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The "Busy World of...." series consists of episodes from an actual television series, although I don't know what network originally carried it. It's kind of bland and generic kids TV, and it sorely lacks the Richard Scarry charm. Not recommended.
Our family much prefers the "Best...Video Ever" home video series. This series features simple storylines and really sweet, catchy songs that both preschoolers and parents enjoy even after multiple viewings. "Best Learning Songs" is probably our favorite because it covers such a variety of subjects. The story is extremely simple: Huckle and friends put on a show in their backyard. Their show consists of gently educational songs about the alphabet, counting, shapes, opposites, common courtesy, etc.
On the downside, the animation is pretty primitive, the image quality doesn't improve from VHS to DVD (we now own both), and the price could be better for a 30-minute program. But those charming, educational songs really carry the day, and both of our kids were completely entranced by this series of videos while they were preschoolers.
The songs are first-rate, with funny, engaging words and gentle melodies. And they do actually impart educational information about, among other things, shapes, body parts, numbers, manners, and the alphabet. The art is utterly charming, and the voice actors give every character an appealing and vivid presence. There is really nothing not to like about this video. Even the length is right for a child's attention span, and for limiting daily TV time. What I like about it most of all is that, while many kids videos are overbearing and insistent, this one is low-key and laid back.
We tried one of the other Richard Scarry videos (the counting one) and it was okay, but the magic of this one is unique.
Most recent customer reviews
This is my 2nd Richard Scarry DVD - I also have the ABC DVD. Of the two, I think the ABC is better, but this one is quite good too. Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by Ginger Meggs
I'm a huge fan of the Richard Scarry DVDs and videos, and this one is certainly amongst my favourites. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2003 by Teresa Cowan
I started out by buying Richard Scarry's counting DVD. I loved it so much, I bought all the rest (minus the nursery rhymes DVD). Read morePublished on May 4 2003 by Michelle T.
I don't rely on the television to entertain my 20-month old, but when I absolutely have to get things done around the house, I put in this DVD. Read morePublished on April 29 2003 by Lisa Kinkel
This video is the one that my child of 32 months is the least interested in. It is rather one-dimensional and does not engage the child. I found it to be boring and not fun. Read morePublished on April 28 2003
Whatever the content (not bad), this has to be the worst value kid's DVD I have bought. Less than 30 minutes is what you get. A major [cheat.]Published on March 25 2003 by Andrew
I have a 16 month old boy. He's been enjoying this since he was 12 month old. All the songs are beautifully composed both melodically and harmonically. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2003 by Ryu
Both of my toddlers are engaged by this video. We don't play cartoons often for them, but this video is the exception. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003 by Sharon
This is a great video for children and parents. It is very entertaining and educational at the same time. It keeps the childs interest the whole time. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2002 by Dawn Kost
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