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"I have a 16 month old and a 6 year old. At the beginning of the DVD it is quite boring and the kids have no interest at all. The letter A starts with Elmo singing a song and the kids are interested again. I guess because it says "All Star" in the title, I assumed it would have more actors/Sesame Street characters in it. The Special "All Star" guests were only on 6 of the letters (Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Norah Jones, Larry King, Martie Maguire, Natalie Pasdar and Emily Robinson- I don't know who the last 3 even are). The Sesame Street Characters were on about 5 of the letters and some with hte actors. My kids had no interest and both love watching Sesame Street videos all the time. My 16 month old loves watching the "Sing Yourself Silly" DVD over and over. I think this DVD was thrown together and didn't have much thought put into it at all. I know I wish I could return it at this point because it was a waste of money. Nobody wants to watch it."
Enjoyable for the WHOLE family
Glendale Mommy | Glendale, AZ | 03/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was surprised to read so many reviews saying that this video is not for toddlers. My 21 month old is addicted to this video. The first time we put it in, she watched it all the way through and wanted us to start it over again. Unfortunately for her, it was bath time.
This is a DVD that I don't mind watching with my daughter. So far it hasn't gotten on my nerves like so many other children's videos do. The celebrity appearances are really sweet. My daughter's favorite is the Dixie Chicks singing about the letter "B", but I think Larry King's interview with the letter W is pretty special too.
As a first alphabet video, this is fairly sophisticated, but the music and fun make it something we can all enjoy. It might also help if your toddler/preschooler is already familiar with the alphabet before watching this, as it is more of a "fun with letters" than a "learning your letters" type of DVD."
Not your average Sesame Street video
Elmo's biggest fan's mom | 09/27/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I rated this video three stars, which is amazing because I generally want everything from Sesame Street to have 5 stars! We bought it today in hopes that it would be a good way to introduce the alphabet, and I must say I was very disappointed that we chose this for our 16 month old. It isn't a bad video, but it is best suited for older children - maybe 3 and up. There isn't that much Elmo, which would be okay. My child will sit and watch most Sesame videos from start to finish, but understandably he began wandering away after the first 15 minutes and continued to do so throughout the show. Mostly there is the letter "A" and "Z" doing interviews and some celebrities adapting some of their songs to the letters (ex. "I wants to soak up the sun"). No Sesame Street video is ever a bad buy, but just beware it isn't typical video and isn't really geared toward toddlers. The songs they put together were really catch, but I would be a little concerned that some of the sarcastic humor of "A" and "Z" would be lost on little ones. Then again, if you are looking for an out of the ordinary Sesame Street video, this might be for you. If not, I would suggest the Sesame Street Anniversary Video or Elmo's World - The Street We Live On."
Christine Shull | Northwest Indiana | 06/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My 22 month old son absolutely LOVES this video. He has watched several Baby Einstein and My Baby Can Talk videos, but once we got this one, he only wants to watch it. He was very interested in the alphabet, so I bought this for him and he jumps and dances with the songs and shouts out the letters. He is even singing the alphabet song when he isn't watching the video. I highly recommend it."
Another winner from Sesame Street
C. Martin | Georgia | 05/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this on impulse because I saw Stephen Colbert on the cover and I think he is funny. We have so many Sesame Street dvds and I knew the kids would love this, which they did. All three of my children enjoy this dvd, even my 10 year old, who loves to see Sheryl Crow. I must say, I grow weary of people who complain that Elmo is not in every skit of every dvd on the shelf. While Elmo is a wonderful addition to the cast of characters, Sesame Street was thriving long before the red monster arrived and the older, classic characters taught a whole generation of children, the very ones who are parents now. Elmo is fine, but give the other characters a chance to grow on your children too. This is a fun dvd, just as I expected it would be...fun for ALL AGES!"