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    For Grades K1-5:

  1. America's State History: 5 Volumes
  2. US Presidents Series: 5 Volumes (with animation)

    For Grades K6 thru College:

  3. America's State Capitals Series: 5 Volumes
  4. US Presidents Series: 5 Volumes
  5. Forming of a Nation Series: 10 Volumes (both above)

    Hosted by Professor Elliot Engel

  6. Charles Dickens
  7. Edgar Allen Poe
  8. The Greatness of Gone With the Wind
  9. A Light History of the English Language
  10. Mark Twain
  11. The Mystery of Robert E. Lee
  12. William Shakespeare
  13. Winston Churchill

  14. Adventures of Lost and Found
  15. Amazing Magic: Tricks You Can Do; vol. 1
  16. Amazing Magic: Tricks You Can Do; vol. 2
  17. Animal Antics
  18. The Big Aircraft Carrier
  19. The Big Plane
  20. The Big Zoo
  21. Getting Along
  22. I Want to Be a Ballerina
  23. Let's Recycle

    Little Zoos Series:

  24. A Visit to the Long Island Biotope
  25. A Visit with the Animal Man: Lizards

  26. Rainy Day (or any day) Fun Stuff Video
  27. Sounds of Letters
  28. Zoofari
  29. More Zoofari
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The Forming of a Nation Series:

The US Presidents Series: 5 Volumes - 275 minutes/$149.75
Grades K1-5: This series will walk you through the life, families and accomplishments of all 42 Presidents. A fascinating series with animation, graphics and illustrations to help you watch their lives unfold, from their youth to taking office. The voice overs are preformed by Middle & High School students. A must for American history studies. Item #PMM01

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America's State History: 5 Volumes - 175 minutes/$149.75
Grades K1-5: Divided into five (5) regions: Northeast; Southeast; Central; Southwest; and Northwest. A great educational tool that guides you through all 50 states, providing information on state capitals, birds, mottos, songs, trees and much more. "Did you know" questions reveal rare and interesting facts. Item #PMM02

Save $100.00 -- purchase both of the above items for $199.00
10 Volumes -- 450 minutes

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The US Presidents Series: 5 Volumes- 270 minutes/$149.75
Grades K-6 through College: This series is similar, yet distinct from the one above for grades k1-5, in that it was edited for a more mature audience. The animation has been edited out, as well as the voice over preformed by an adult with more sophisticated material inserted. Item #PMM03

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America's State Capitals & States Series: 5 Volumes - 175 minutes/$149.75
Grades K6 through College: All fifty (50) states are presented in the order in which they entered the union. Learn the history behind each. Discover the varying architecture of the buildings. One tape also covers Washington DC with a focus on the Smithsonian Institute, Arlington National Cemetery, the underground chambers of the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. An excellent addition to any American history collection. Item #PMM04

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See the next item and Save $100.00

The Forming of a Nation Series: 10 Volumes - 445 minutes/$199.00
Both of the above series:
America's State Capitals & State Series: 5 Volumes - 175 minutes and
The US Presidents Series: 5 Volumes - 270 minutes Item #PMM05

Sample reviews:
  1. Lively introduction to the state capitals . . . enthusiastic Narrator . . . vintage photographs . . . scenic footage. Great for students. Booklist.
  2. Great source of information. University of Memphis.
  3. Very pleased with [these] videos. State Library of Louisiana.
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Note: The following 8 titles are hosted by Professor Elliot Engel, whose books have been published in Britain & America. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines including Newsweek and lectures enjoyed by thousands throughout the US, Europe and Japan. Professor Engel's videos have been described as perfect introductory lectures because they combine the right mix of history, information and humor. They tend to generate future interest and study in the viewer. "Add to the illustrious list [of good storytellers] Elliot Engel, a most remarkable professor" - Video Librarian

A Light History of the English Language - 60 minutes/$24.95
A thoroughly entertaining glimpse into the origins and development of our native language with enough trivia thrown in to satisfy even the most avid experts. Learn why it developed in such a fascinating way from the Celts, to the Anglo-Saxons, to the invading French. The origins of some of our common words and phrases will surely amaze you. Using anecdote, analysis and large doses of humor, Professor Engel gives new insights in the development of our native tongue. First he traces the evolution, followed by the history of English, right up to our current slide into Slurvian - otherwise known as teenspeak (where 'did your eat?' becomes 'jeet?'. Highly Recommended & 3½ stars - Video Librarian. Item #CG001

Mark Twain - 51 minutes/$39.95
Most people consider Mark Twain one of the greatest American writers, but few know the real reasons why. Journey back through time with this insightful and humorous program which has something for everyone - from young people to literary scholars. New insight in the background, life and accomplishments of this great master of literature. Item #CG002

Edgar Allen Poe - 52 minutes/$39.95
Many know the name, but few know that, at the age of 20, he single handedly invented the literary horror and short story as we know it today. And that most of his stories pale in comparison to his own life - filled with death and horror. Parts of the program were shot on location in Richmond, Virginia, where Poe lived for many years. "Editor's Choice . . 4 Stars . . Highly Recommended" - Video Librarian. Item #CG003

William Shakespeare - 50 minutes/$39.95
Take an imaginative journey back through time with this look at 16th century England which has something for everyone. "Immensely entertaining . . Highly Recommended" - Video Librarian. Item #CG004

Charles Dickens - 44 minutes/$39.95
Professor Engel bares the surprising roots of Dickens unique imagination and demonstrates that the author's life was far more astonishing than any of his novels. Rare photographs and drawings are used to compliment the presentation. "Dr. Engel revives the genius of my great grandfather - and every other author he touches." Cedric Charles Dickens. Item #CG005

The Mystery of Robert E. Lee - 63 minutes/$39.95
Begins with the tragic youth of Lee and guides us step-by-step through the events which influence and mold this great man. Learn of his dutiful responsibilities to his invalid mother, his failure as director of West Point, his association with General Scott during the war with Mexico and his rise to Confederate General. "One of my favorite Storytellers. This program will prove fascinating to anyone interested in history. Recommended" - Video Librarian. Item #CG006

Winston Churchill - 58 minutes/$39.95
A delightful story, many facets of which have remained virtually unknown. Reveals an even more inspiring public and private figure than previously thought, a touchingly human hero. Begins with the disputed circumstances surrounding his birth, his early childhood and proceeds to the events which later mold this great man - the tumultuous early 20th century, the rise of the Third Reich and the resulting WWII. Recommended & 3 stars - Video Librarian. Item #CG007

The Greatness of Gone With the Wind - 60 minutes/$39.95
One of the most popular novels and motion pictures of all time, but few people know the real story - the novel has little to do with the Civil War and the Deep South, but is really a glimpse into the real life and loves of Margaret Mitchell. Her only novel was an instant success, unfortunately, Professor Engel tells us, she died an untimely death in a bizarre accident in Atlanta. Item #CG008

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Zoofari - 32 minutes/$14.95 - Order Direct
Have you ever wanted to go on a safari? To explore and marvel at the wondrous animals of the world? Come join Sir Arthur Blowhard and his trusty assistant, Smythe on a ZOOFARI! This entertaining and informative program will take you on an action-packed journey through the mysterious world of animals. Explore the wonders of nature's creatures, animals big and small, up close and personal. Winner of both Kids First and Paarent's Choice Awards. Item #LL005

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More Zoofari - 30 minutes/$14.95 - Order Direct
Sir Arthur Blowhard and his trusty assistant take you on another journey as they visit new and different members of the animal kingdom. Your guides will make you laugh as you learn about the habits and lifestyles of animals. This program can be combined with the one above to compile a complete, one-hour program. Winner of Kids First; 1996 Telly Award; 1996 Joey Award & 1996 Cindy Award. Item #LL006

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Animal Antics - 25 minutes/$14.95 - Order Direct
Join us for a hilarious trip to the zoo as we watch our animal friends act their silliest. Animal Antics shows a variety of animals frolicking in their land and sea habitats as you've never seen them before. Sure to tickle and delight! Item #LL007

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Rainy Day (or any day) Fun Stuff Video - 33 minutes/$14.95
Join Blossom the Clown & friends in a world of wonder and magical fun, a rainbow of healthy, safe and fun indoor activities that will have children: stretching like a rabbit; marching like a tarantula; skipping like the wind; learning about animals; building self-esteem; and much more. With original music, special effects and educational wonders. Special visual effects keep the transitions lively and smooth, with solid production values. Recommended & 3 Stars - Video Librarian. Item #CR001

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The Sounds of Letters - 22 minutes/$14.95
Unique in combining phonics with whole language instruction. Basic prereading skills for early learners. Covers all the sounds of letters of the alphabet with lively animated characters to engage and keep the interest of youthful viewers. Each letter is presented in upper and lower case. Excellent for all learners, especially appropriate for special needs children because of its low distractibility. Coming soon: The Sounds of Words. Item #AT010

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Adventures of Lost and Found - 3 Volumes - 75 minutes/$34.95 for Set.
Two lively characters run a lost and found store. He's Lost, disorganized but lovable. She's Found, organized to a fault and just as lovable. Lost loses things. Found finds them. Together they make a great pair. Make learning fun, teach viewers safety skills through nonstop musical antics.

      1. Stay Safe: features the dynamic animated character Watch Out Willie.
      2. Stolen Sounds: language arts mystery that kids get long before their parents.
      3. Learning Tunes: a selection of best music video hits.
      Item #AT011
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I Want to Be a Ballerina - 30 minutes/$19.95
The life of a ballet dancer is filled with inspiration and plenty of perspiration. Adriane Leigh takes viewers behind the scene to see children working hard in dance classes, auditions, rehearsals, fittings and, finally, performance. Footage from the San Jose Dance Theatre's production of Tchaikovshy's The Nutcracker' is the icing on the cake. Item #AL001

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Let's Recycle - 20 minutes/$24.95
Magician Shawn O'Toole works his magic with a talking trash can, while Rusty DePuppet tries to play hookey from school. Shawn helps Rusty realize that not only is recycling fun, but something we can all do togther. This new release is sure to be a hit with children from 3 to 9. Item #KZ010

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Amazing Magic: Tricks You Can Do; vol. 1 - 30 minutes/$14.95
Children of all ages - under 6 may need parents - will delight in this program. Designed to help children learn basic magic tricks without expensive props or a lot of rehearsal. Great confidence builder. Featuring Rusty DePuppet & Friends. Item #KZ008

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Amazing Magic: Tricks You Can Do; vol. 2 - 30 minutes/$24.95
Six easy magic tricks: a math trick ; a knot trick ; a magic box; a money trick; a paper and scissors trick; and a shirt trick. Each is introduced by Rusty the puppet and a young African American girl. Valuable for children and could be used in classrooms to extend math or science lessons. Children can learn from this video. School Library Journal. Item #KZ010

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Getting Along - 30 minutes/$19.95
Teaches children that it's OK to be different, through song, story and magic. Includes special appearance by Carl Ballantine and hosted by Shawn O'Toole, who decides to put on a show' with his friends. Rusty DePuppet, the main character, and children learn that while we're all different on the outside, what matters is what's on the inside. Item #KZ009

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The Big Aircraft Carrier - 40 minutes/$14.95
A rare and exciting adventure which explores the life and jobs of 6000 crew members onboard the US Navy Nimitz. Experience take-off and landing. Visit pilot training. Visit the bridge, control tower, and kitchens that make 18,000 meals a day. Editor's Choice , Video Librarian - "Don't pass up this Video! School Library Journal. Item #MM001

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The Big Plane - 45 minutes/$14.95
An enlightening behind-the-scenes exploration of an international flight on a major airliner detailing not only pre-flight and in-flight procedure, but an in-depth look into pilot and flight attendant training, as well as passenger-restricted areas such as the cockpit, control tower, baggage handling and the immense flight kitchens. Highly Recommended , Video Librarian - Everything children want to know. School Library Journal. Item #MM002

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The Big Zoo - 45 minutes/$14.95
Visit animals in their habitats and watch zookeepers care for them. Answers the WHY questions such as why Zebras have stripes and why flamingos are pink. Learn about the food chain and endangered species. Experience feeding day at the Reptile House, visit the Zoo Hospital and the Nation's #1 Children's Zoo. Highly Recommended , Video Librarian. Item #MM003

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A series of children's videos about private research centers which breed endangered species. Watch children learn as they handle, help feed and care for the animals. Ecological principles are explained with emphasis on the importance of protecting the environment. More programs to follow.

A Visit to the Long Island Biotope - 30 minutes/$19.95 - Order Direct
A little place of nature in a greenhouse filled with birds, lizards, turtles and other animals roaming free as they live as if they were out in the wilds. See how they breed and raise their young. Watch their interaction and learn how the biotope works. Item #AV053.

A Visit with the Animal Man: Lizards - 30 minutes/$19.95 - Order Direct
Explore a reptile breeding center as children help Bob and Jean feed and care for these lizards. See Madagascan chameleons laying eggs and catching insects with their tongues. Includes monitor (dragon) Lizards; monkey tailed giant skinks, ting geckos, iguanas and more. Item #AV054.

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