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Sesame Street: Do the Alphabet

4.3 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Caroll Spinney, David Rudman, Jim Henson
  • Directors: John Ferraro, Emily Squires, Jon Stone
  • Writers: Sara Compton, Tony Geiss, Ian James
  • Producers: Karin Young Shiel, Nancy Kanter
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: Jan. 4 2010
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0738920770
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,979 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Sesame Street: Do the Alphabet (DVD)


When Baby Bear must learn his alphabet in one day, Big Bird patiently takes him under his wing in Do the Alphabet. Only "The Method," (a hilarious combination of dance, song, visualization, and group therapy) can help Baby Bear on such short notice. The result is 40 minutes of ABC's Sesame Street style, where vibrant educational cartoons, enthusiastic kids, famous guest stars (here, Billy Joel), and harmonizing Muppets make lasting educational impressions. Children age 2 to 6 will enjoy the upbeat musical numbers dedicated to various letters; a favorite segment features the Boogie Woogie Piggies and their flashy rendition of the alphabet song. Throughout the well-paced show, Big Bird offers just the right blend of coaching and friendship, much like the ace support group leader he's mildly spoofing. Hats off to Sesame Street for helping Baby Bear--and his viewing audience--understand that learning takes time, patience, and a team effort. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
The problems with this DVD are that it doesn't effectively teach the alphabet and it is pretty annoying. A fair chunk of it is Baby Bear complaining with a whiny lisp, and Big Bird patronising him. Big Bird even runs an "alphabet support group" (like psychotherapy) which I think is a really unsuitable concept for young children. But worse than that, the letters are not taught in a systematic, complete way - only selected letters are featured prominently.
For an alphabet DVD I would recommend Richard Scarry ABC or Learning Songs instead of this one.
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My son loves this dvd. I bought it when he was 25-26 months and have played it just about everyday since (he's 30 months now). He learned his ABC's from it and dances to it. Like the others, he loves the individual segments, e.g., G ..., F faces and the jungle part.
Before this purchase and over the last few months I purchased other DVD's but after their initial viewing, he wouldn't want to see them again. For example, I have baby einstein dvds, and several Elmo dvd's. I also have Ernie's Count-with-me (he'd watch this one occasionally).
In my opinion, this ABC video is the best children's video out there. Before he could say his ABCs, I'd just point out the colors and we'd say them together. We'd also dance together. (Thus, there are different levels of learning involved and physical activity). Now, when I play it, sometimes he sits and watches the whole thing, singing and dancing along with it, other times he like to hear it playing in the background, so he can tune in to his favorite parts.
This video is worth every penny. Just be prepared for continuous play, but it won't drive you crazy because the tunes are very catchy and fun.
ps. After several months of continued requests for "baby bear" aka "SS Do the alphabet", I finally found a runner up, "kids" aka "Daddy Day Care"
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Did you have to learn Microsoft Excel for your job? How about German in high school? Ever try to memorize poems? Not easy, are they? Think about these things and then ponder the challenge of having to learn not these skills, but the basic underlying tool that enables you to learn any of them, or most anything else - the alphabet. The cornerstone of all our transmitted knowledge, we expect our two and three year olds to learn it without being able to read it or even comprehend its significance. That's why we should all be eternally thankful for Jim Henson, the Children's Television Workshop, and that sage of linguistic prowess Big Bird and his eager student Baby Bear.
Like Virgil leading Dante through the existing cosmos, Big Bird guides the lost and forlorn Baby Bear around the obstacle of the Leonine Goldilocks and brings him safely to the blessed seat of knowledge itself, the comprehension of the English alphabet. Along their journey, Baby Bear also learns much wisdom that will come to his rescue when tested - imagination, visualization, association of ideas, and the ability of music to convey information that mere words alone cannot. It is truly a tale of grand adventure and spectacular achievement. More than even that, it's cute.
All kidding aside, at twenty-one months, our daughter has already worn out her "Do the Alphabet" VHS tape, so we sought out and purchased the DVD. That alone should tell you just how enjoyable this program is. We try to buy her programs that will be enjoyable as well as educational so she will grow with the idea that learning and enjoyment can and should go together. Bob the Builder, Veggie Tales, and the cornerstone of them all, Sesame Street are all part of her growing collection.
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Before you buy this title ask yourself these questions:
· Do I want my child to have the unrealistic expectation that he or she can learn the alphabet in one day?
· Do I want my child to watch a bear who declares at the beginning of the show that he has to make a change in his life because he is miserable?
· Do I want my child to watch a video that shows the bear being put into a support group because he hasn't been able to learn the alphabet within the first 20 minutes of show?
· Do I want my child to learn the phrase "oh, man" due to the fact that it is uttered every minute or so by the bear?
On top of this, remember also that "Baby Bear" has a speech impediment which is something you may not want your kids to emulate if they are just learning how to string words together.
My answer to all the questions above was an unequivocal "NO" and I immediately returned the DVD to the retailer.
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I purchased the "Do the Alphabet" and the "123 Count With Me" video packaged together. My daughter is nine months old (today!) and has been watching the video since she was about 4 1/2 months old. She has watched it with enthusiasm. She's beginning to dance to the music. When you sing the alphabet, she watches you intently. She stops what she's doing and will watch this video.
Her favorite parts are when the letter F is presented ("Faces"), the alphabet jungle and when Baby Bear says the alphabet all by himself. She has this huge smile on her face and jumps up and down in my lap.
I guess my only complaint is how annoying Baby Bear can be to us adults. But since the video isn't for my entertainment, I don't mind in the least. She will watch Sesame Street, on video and television, but not Barney or Teletubbies or even Blue's Clues. She's a Sesame Street girl, that's for sure!...
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