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Holiday fun keeps the kids on their toes

November 28, 2002|Lynne Heffley

"Yule Be Wiggling"

HIT Entertainment

DVD: $16.99; ages 2 to 6

An irresistible dance-along video from the Wiggles, the hit children's quartet from Down Under. Greg, Murray, Jeff and Anthony and their zany pals make spirits bright with effervescent pop-style original and traditional songs, comic banter and colorful visuals. Even adults may be moved to work off those extra holiday calories.

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"Elmo's World: Happy Holiday"

Sony Wonder

DVD: $14.98; VHS: $12.98; ages 2 to 6

Elmo learns about Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas traditions, and celebrates the holiday with his goldfish friend Dorothy in this first "Elmo's World" holiday special. The comic highlight: Prairie Dawn directs a problem-fraught Muppet Christmas Pageant.

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"The Night Before Christmas ...

and More Christmas Stories"

Scholastic/West Woods New Video

DVD: $14.95; ages 2 to 8

Holiday gold from Weston Woods' rich video library of children's literature, new on DVD, is brought to the screen by fine animators, composers and often the authors and illustrators themselves. In addition to the Clement Clarke Moore classic poem, this charming stocking stuffer includes stories by Rosemary Wells, Jane Yolen, Tomie DePaola and Gary Soto.

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Your Tiny Noel

Warner Home Video

VHS: $12.95; ages 3 months to 3 years

Live-action scenes of toddlers in holiday frolics are the best thing about this baby-centric video that shows how Christmas is celebrated in different countries. The charm doesn't extend to the unattractive Muppet-style puppets, including the video's tour guide, Murray the Monkey, whose vacant-eyed stare is creepy.

-- Lynne Heffley

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