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Richard Scarry Best Learning S

Peter Wildman , Denis Akiyama    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet video that enchants toddlers Oct. 28 2002
First of all, it's useful to know that there are two sets of "Richard Scarry" videos available, each produced by a different company: Cinar/Polygram/USA Films offers a video series called "The Busy World of Richard Scarry", and Sony/Random House has a set of videos named like "Richard Scarry's Best (fill in the blank) Video Ever". There are notable differences between them.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This really is the Best learning video ever! Oct. 4 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
My two year old son has lots of videos and I hesitated to get a Richard Scarry video because my son seemed to prefer real life children as opposed to animation. He's not into Barney (thank goodness) and really doesn't watch any of the "educational" children's T.V. programs so I'm always trying to find videos that he can learn something from and enjoy. Well I was thrilled when we watched this video for the first time. The children's voices are very clear and they enunciate everything very well and they just couldn't be any more precious. My son loves this video and actually has tried to sing some of the songs along with the video which is great because up til now he hasn't done much talking. The songs are very cute and easy to learn and they are not annoying at all like some children's videos. They teach so many things, including ABC', counting to 10, shapes, manners, opposites. I can't say enough good things about this video. If you're looking for a video that your child will love, and learn from without even realizing it, this is the one video you must get. I wish I had gotten it sooner, instead of spending my money on other so called learning videos that my son only watches twice and then gets bored. This is a must have video!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, charming, perfect Dec 13 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Parents know that once you buy a video for your child, you will probbaly have to see it yourself at least 12,000 times. While Barney and the Teletubbies make me want to bury an ax in my own skull, I actually look forward to seeing this inventive, wonderful, whimsical video.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and sweet Sept. 27 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Richard Scarry's Best Learning Songs video brings together catchy songs, both familiar ("Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" for instance) and new. Huckle and the gang are putting on a variety show for family and friends which highlights all the things they know. (This implication that a kid can be an expert on a lot of subjects is a nice confidence-booster.) The material is illustrated and sung in a very clear way. A song about shapes has the viewer identifying circles, squares and triangles in Busytown storefronts, and then those shapes are isolated and outlined so your child can see a direct correspondence between objects and geometric shapes. All the songs are done in a similarly clear manner without a lot of overload. The children's voices are robust and refreshingly non-professional. Well, I guess they must be professionals or they wouldn't be on this video--but none of them sound like they're auditioning for "Annie."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely A Must Feb. 16 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I'm a first time mom of a 15 month old but am also a child neurologist. This really is a wonderful way to occupy a young child's mind, while filling it with information that is worth learning. I was a little skeptical on buying the video, but I have to agree with others that it can really keep a young mind fascinated. My son smiles, nods his head and looks to me as if to say "this IS really neat", and claps his hands at all the right times. I like the counting and ABC videos as well, although this is really the best of the three. The characters have voices that are sweet and not grating, and I really don't mind watching this every day, a few times a day. I think the quality is just fine; not everything has to be 21st century graphics to be entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!
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 more
Published on March 3 2004 by Ginger Meggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing new songs and great learning concepts
I'm a huge fan of the Richard Scarry DVDs and videos, and this one is certainly amongst my favourites. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by Teresa Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, innocent, simple, captivating - A Great Learning Tool
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 more
Published on May 4 2003 by Michelle T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Play this one in a crunch
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 more
Published on April 29 2003 by Lisa Kinkel
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very entertaining or inspiring
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 more
Published on April 28 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars This really is the Worst Value learning video ever!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Scarry's Best Learning Song
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 more
Published on Feb. 8 2003 by Ryu
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids are engaged
Both of my toddlers are engaged by this video. We don't play cartoons often for them, but this video is the exception. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2003 by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars A great learning experience
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 more
Published on Dec 12 2002 by Dawn Kost
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to learning!!
My sixteen month old daughter loves this video. We borrowed it from a friend who's son is 4 to help our daughter with learning her ABC's & 123's. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2002 by "nickypooh"
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