Picks and Pans Review: It's Ok to Say No to Drugs

UPDATED 10/20/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/20/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT

No one device is going to be sufficient to combat the menace of drug addiction, of course, but this tape, designed for children about 3 to 8, could be a useful tool. There are some reasonably hip, rap-rock songs, colorful still drawings of children facing various temptations—warnings against tobacco and alcohol abuse are included—and frequent repetitions. The pushers keep coming, in a realistically insistent way, so the children in the tape have to stay resolute. The difference between what's medicinal and what's illegal is clearly shown, and there's an attempt to convince children that their parents or guardians can be trusted for advice. All the children shown are, unaccountably, lily-white; the absence of ethnic variation could limit the tape's usefulness. That's too bad, since it offers at least the possibility of some much needed preventive medicine. (Kid Stuff, $14.95)

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