Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Now Available on DVD -- SINGING WITH THE STARS (Review and Flash Giveaway)

“Singing With The Stars” Features a Collection of Memorable Performances from
Alicia Keys, the Dixie Chicks, Andrea Bocelli, Adam Sandler and Many More

Get up and dance with your favorite Sesame Street friends as Warner Home Video (WHV) and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, release Singing With the Stars on DVD May 1, 2012 for $14.98 SRP.  This delightfully musical DVD features performances that will educate children about the joys of song and dance with celebrity appearances by Alicia Keys, the Dixie Chicks, Andrea Bocelli and Adam Sandler!

The Singing With the Stars DVD is a series of star-studded performances with songs focusing on encouraging children to feel good about who they are; boosting self-esteem and building self-confidence.  Many of the segments also focus on task persistence, feeling proud, celebrating similarities and differences, and labeling and expressing emotions.  Songs range from classics such as, “Furry Happy Monsters” with R.E.M. to the Emmy Award-winning hit, “What I Am” with Will.i.am. The DVD will also include a downloadable activity book for children and musical activity tips for parents. If there aren’t enough music videos for fans in this fun-filled DVD, a bonus 5-song CD will also be included.

“Warner Home Video is thrilled to announce that Singing With the Stars will join the Sesame Street DVD collection,” said Jeff Brown, WHV Executive Vice President and GM of Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. “Children and parents alike continue to learn and love with Sesame Street, and we are certain families will get up and dance with this DVD.”

Now in its 42nd season, Sesame Street is the longest-running program in children’s television. The series has received more Emmy awards than any other show in television history (138), as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award honoring the 40th year.

My Thoughts:

I had a blast watching this DVD with Savannah, as I have been a fan of many of the musicians who appear on the disc.  While enjoying music, children will also learn about expressing emotions, accepting and being proud of your differences, task persistence and ways to boost your self esteem and build self-confidence.  What parent wouldn't want to promote and encourage these in their children.  My celebrity favorites were the Dixie Chicks and Adam Sandler. Both Savannah and I loved "Counting to 4."  I have to tell you the beat of this song is really catchy, as I continue to find myself humming and singing it while in the shower and doing dishes.  And, just tonight, I caught my husband watching and enjoying this DVD with Savannah before bedtime.  He also liked how it featured musicians that he listens to, and how they sing songs geared towards children, while keeping form to their popular chart hits.  This DVD will be one that will be watched over and over again, as Savannah loves learning about counting, shapes and rhyming, through music.

In addition to the DVD, you also get a 5-song CD, great to play on car rides.  We listened to it the other day, when we took the girls for ice cream.  Savannah loved singing and dancing along to "If Your Happy and You Know It" and "The Wheels on the Bus."  I even caught my husband singing along to a few of the songs. 

So, if you have a Sesame Street fan in your house, or your child likes to sing and dance along to music, this DVD will be a great addition to their DVD library.  Since receiving it the other day, we have already watched it a handful of times.  And, each and every time, Savannah and I can't help by get up and dance.  What a great way to bond, and relieve stress :-).


Trivia Question -- Answer the following question to win the above DVD --- Send me your response via email.

What Sesame Street Song remained on the Top 40 Billboard Charts for 7 weeks back in 1971?  Who sung it?

I will draw a winner using Random.org from all correct responses received before 11:59PM EST, May 2nd.  Only US residents only.  No PO BOXES.

About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows, including The Electric Company, to help bridge the literacy gap. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.

About Warner Home Video
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Home Entertainment.                                                                                                                                   
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.                                                                                                                                                                     

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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