Sesame Street: Do the Alphabet
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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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For an alphabet DVD I would recommend Richard Scarry ABC or Learning Songs instead of this one.
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"
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.Read more ›
· 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.
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!...
Most recent customer reviews
My grade 1s love this. They become totally engaged singing along and interact.Published 18 months ago by M Christie
I had bought "Learning About Letters" when my oldest son was about 2, which is excellent and will be out on DVD soon. This DVD is not nearly as good - not as much to help learn. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Amazon Customer
My son loves this DVD. It was one of his first Sesame Street DVD's and is still one of his favorites. It is very educational in learning the alphabet. Read morePublished on April 16 2004
I started my son watching this video when he was about 18 mos old. I would put it on when I was making dinner to keep him occupied and out of the kitchen. Read morePublished on April 5 2004
We all love Sesame Street, but I highly recommend this dvd. You know how the kids mostly like the singing part of the video, well on this dvd you can chose just to play the songs... Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Jennifer Jackson
After reading some of the other reviews before I bought this for my twin 2 year olds I was very excited. After watching it I have to say I'm disappointed. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by mother of twins
Unfortunately finding Sesame Street on t.v. has become imposssible in my area. Luckily there are plenty of videos/dvd's available. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by Amazon Customer
My husband and I were looking for a way to teach our 2.5 year old son his ABCs. He wasn't interested in working with us, but does like movies. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004
We purchased this video about 6 months ago for my daughter who just turned 2. We do have another letters video from Baby Bumble Bee, but the Sesame Street one is her favorite. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by Denise
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