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Hermie: A Common Caterpillar, Air Bud Spikes Back, American Indian Art on display

"Air Bud Spikes Back"

If your kids liked the "Air Bud" series, you'll want to be on the lookout for "Air Bud Spikes Back," being released on DVD and VHS on June 24, from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

In the film, school's out for the summer and Andrea Framm's best friend Tammy is moving out of town. To make new friends, she and Buddy join the local volleyball team. Meanwhile, mysterious crimes have been occurring in their hometown and all the paw prints seem to point to Buddy. The question is can Buddy lead the authorities to the real perpetrator and will Andrea find companionship with her volleyball team? The comedy is packed with messages about teamwork and friendship.

"Air Bud Spikes Back" is available for $29.99 on Disney DVD and $19.00 on VHS. JT

Hermie: A Common Caterpillar"

Positive reinforcement is a message we all want to pass along to our children. In an age of increasing peer pressure, children often compare themselves to other children and they can easily lose their self-esteem.

In "Hermie: A Common Caterpillar," Hermie and his insect friends teach children that it's ok to be ordinary. Children learn that we are all special in our own way and that God has a special plan for each of us. The animated film tells the tale of an ordinary caterpillar who, after observing more exciting creatures like the snail, ladybug, butterfly and ant, longs to be different. Hermie tries and fails miserably in his attempts to become something he is not. Each time this happens, he asks God, "What makes me special?" And, each time, God reminds him, "I love you, and I'm not finished with you yet."

The film focuses on children ages 2 to 6 and their families and features the voices of comedic legends Tim Conway and Don Knotts. The story is available in English and Spanish on DVD and video, as well as books. Prices: VHS — $14.99; DVD — $17.99; Board Book — $6.99; Picture Book — $15.99.

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