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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • VHS Release Date: February 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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BABY SHAKESPEARE(R) is a first-of-its-kind visual and auditory field trip into the rhythm of classic poems and the beauty of nature. While watching the video, your child will discover 12 common words within the rich context of poetry and real-world video. This is a wonderful way to teach your baby to speak. Exposure to words in context is important in the language-acquisition process. Bard, the word-loving dragon, hosts the video. He leads a parade of words, poems, puppet shows, and music videos that will delight your child time and again.

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By History_of_Art_Geek on July 17, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
As one who strongly supports reading to children, I was a "little" anti-TV for my youngster, until watching "Baby Van Gogh," which is another video produced by the same company. Julie Aigner-Clark is a genius! Her innovative products, exceptionally creative, are designed to entertain children while they learn. "Baby Shakespeare," is no exception. With an imaginative approach, this instantly engaging video teaches language (12 words) through cleverly written text, and real world objects, while stimulating auditory senses with classically arranged musical pieces. My son was immediately mesmerized from the first viewing, two-months old, and remains fascinated to this day, now fourteen months old.
I heard about Baby Einstein products from friends, but did not become interested until I learned of the company's dedication to providing financial support to MANY children's charities such as the Autism Society of America, Ronald McDonald House, The Eden Institute, a leading school for educating autistic children, and a host of other organizations committed to children with special needs. I now own several Baby Einstein videos and most of the companion books - they are excellent educational tools.
Additional recommendations - "Baby Mozart," "Baby Van Gogh," "Baby Dolittle Neighborhood Animals," also, Richard Scarry's "BEST" videos are excellent for children 1 year and up.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Key on July 9, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This video entertains my 16-month-old son without fail, and has for the six months we've owned it. He's seen Baby Van Gogh, Baby Galileo, and Baby Neptune, as well as cartoons and other child-directed video; this remains his favorite.

In brief, it consists mostly of vignettes featuring child-friendly themes such as trains and butterflies, with pictures and poems about each subject drawn from Shakespeare, Ogden Nash, William Wordsworth, W.B. Yeats, and others; these are interspersed with footage of mobile toys with Beethoven's music played behind (performed by a small ensemble featuring piano, guitar, drums, vibes, etc.) and quick shots of kids doing things like singing the ABC song. The gentle, quiet images and music--the other videos mentioned above are busier--seem to connect best with him in his generally calm household (and with his verbal parents).

I recommend it with only a couple reservations, and they're contextual. First, one can argue that the very young shouldn't get a lot of TV exposure, and I won't argue against that. Secondly, I can't swear that Alex is taking away a lot from this, only that he finds it more engaging than any other TV/video he sees, and we believe its content is wholesome and harmless... and that's what we ask of it.

Other Baby Einstein reviewers have ranted that the videos are "baby crack": mesmerizing, risking the creation of ADHD-speed attention spans, and indoctrinating about toy products. I think that's catastrophizing. My son watches this easily because it's colorful, simple, and has toys and kids in it--the things that interest him--without a lot of frenzy; he gets bored with cartoons or Sesame Street, but not this.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "flickjunkie" on May 15, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
We own all four of the tapes in the Baby Einstein series and all are terrific, but Baby Shakespeare is the best of all. It is for a little older child, but it has poetry, more interesting toys to watch, drawings that turn into real objects (like a train, a cow, a flower, etc) and children singing their ABC's. It also uses more hand puppets and has little funny skits that are adorable.
My two year old son loves all of the Baby Einstein videos, but he asks for this one by name. My only criticism is that all the children in the video are girls. A small flaw in an otherwise splendid presentation.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 7, 2003
Format: DVD
What's great about Baby Shakespeare?
1. The children singing the ABC song (twice)
2. The format for teaching 12 words: train, flower, apple, cat, grass, frog, leaf, snow, tree, cow, butterfly, moon. They say the word, then show the word on screen, then say it again, then show a picture of it. The way they start with a rough sketch and morph into the real thing is also quite interesting.
3. Music by Beethoven
4. The poems have something to do with the words being taught.
5. Lots of cool and colorful toys - the Baby Einstein series really loves toys with figures that climb stairs.
6. Each segment starts with the click of a camera, so you know you're moving on to the next word.
What's not so great about Baby Shakespeare?
1. The actual theatre piece is only 28 minutes long. The 101 minutes on the jacket includes a concert and poetry recital. (This is video folks, not an audio cd)
2. Some of the toys are in the wrong places. The "cat" segment has footage of a worm in an apple, the "cow" segment has a train.
3. The poems are way above the level of the intended audience. Couldn't they have found children's poems?
I rated this 4 stars because my son loves it, especially the ABC song segments. I have to wonder though, how poems by Nash, Kinnell, Yeats, Frost and Wordsworth, among others, relate to a monkey with cymbals, and a flatulence joke among cows.
Kids from 1 year old will love the kidstuff, older folk will appreciate the poems, and try to remember the rest of the familiar ones.
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