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PreS-Gr 2 -Beloved television characters-Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam, Kipper, and Pingu-celebrate winter in six vignettes. Voice acting, music and singing, sets, artwork, and animation are consistently excellent. Barney the purple dinosaur teaches his young dinosaur friends Baby Bop and B.J. all about "Winter" with songs and a snowflake craft. Bob the Builder is called "Bob of the North" by his friends as he assists in clearing snow drifts, repairs a collapsed roof, and learns to ski cross country. In "Keeping Up with James," James the engine is so anxious to pull the presents train for Christmas that he speeds recklessly and ends up in a snow drift. When his rival gets the job, James begs to be the backup train engine and promises to be more careful. In "Let it Snow," a young boy falls into a cave while hunting for a Christmas tree to cut down for his village, and Fireman Sam comes to the rescue with the help of Dusty the dog. Kipper and Tiger enjoy a "Snowy Day" of snowball fights, making body impressions in the snow, rolling downhill while collecting snow on the way, and building a snow dog. Pingu the penguin and his family try numerous times to blow up a balloon with hilarious results. Young fans of these shows will be delighted with this compilation.-Beverly Bixler, San Antonio Public Library, TXCopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.