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I would prefer that my daughter not like some things that she really enjoys, but thats an adult sensibility trying to impose itself on a three-year-old. While I do think Barney is instructional, it's not very creative. The kids have these pat, automated responses to everything. Thats reassuring to children, to always know what s coming next. I would say the same about Teletubbies, which is why I don't buy their videos. They have a dumbing-down effect. The creatures speak in baby talk. When Kasey was two she didn't talk like that, so I hate having her listen to it. Im glad she's interested in shows such as Blues Clues, Dragon Tales, and Dora the Explorer. Dora is my favorite. Shes a Latina who, along with her friend Boots the Monkey, explores a different place every day. They teach kids how to count, memorize, and solve problems. Dora teaches all her lessons in English and Spanish. As the parent of an African American girl, I think it's important for her to see people of color in shows catering to children her age. Blues Clues is also huge in our house. It's hosted by a young man and his dog, Blue. Kasey really likes the fact that Blue is a female dog!

Author of nine children's books, including Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2000)

I usually choose science and nature videos. Halfway through the dinosaur encyclopedia, I might suggest that we watch Walking with Dinosaurs. Its a way to vary our learning. Andrew, who is eight, likes Wallace and Gromit, which is claymation and very funny. One of his favorites is the art video Chihuly over Venice, about Dale Chihuly, the glass artist. He loves the way it shows the making of art as a concrete and complete process, from the blowing of breath into a fiery mass to shipping details. I also like Beethoven Lives Upstairs, the story of Beethoven in his last years deaf, angry, and somewhat crazy. The video shows a young boy as he comes to understand how frustrating deafness must be. But it also shows Beethoven acting like a belligerent, overgrown baby. After watching it, Andrew and I had a good talk and we agreed that even being a genius does not excuse inconsiderate behavior. Last year, I gave in on the Pokemon videos, which mainly depict the violence of fantasy: dragons breathing fire, creatures kicking others flat on their backs, tails that whip. But it is the kind of thing that makes a kid want to kick and wrestle and knock someone down. Lucky for me, he got bored within two months. Or maybe all those years of wrinkling my nose at the crummy stuff and sitting with him during the good videos have paid off.