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Product Type: Videos
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Storybook Videos

 


2013 Award
Storybook Treasures: The Halloween Stories Collection, Vol. 2
(Scholastic $24.99 Score:)

Looking for some safe scare entertainment for Halloween? Bring home this collection of 14 stories on three DVD's. These mostly animated storybooks are totally narrated, but you can show them with text that young readers can follow on screen. Among the favorites in the collection are: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman, The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night,and The Boy With Two Shadows, among others.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Springtime Collection, Max's Chocolate Chicken
(Scholastic $24.95 Score:)

After they finish coloring or hunting Easter eggs, we found a perfect seasonal collection featuring Max's Chocolate Chicken along with twelve stories on three DVD's. Among the other tales, Chicken Little, The Red Hen, and How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food. The collection also includes author/illustrator interviews and narrations by Lily Tomlin, Randy Travis, Michael McKean and others. The Max DVD also includes some Christmas stories, so this can be your go-to for seasonal celebrations. It also has a read-along option for beginning readers and these stories are mostly simple enough for young readers to decode or at least follow along. Most of the stories are for the younger family members. 2-7.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2012 Award
Storybook Treasures Caldecott Favorites
(Scholastic $19.99 Score:)

You get twenty award winning stories on these three DVD's. Among our favorites are The Snowy Day, Bear Snores, The Story about Ping, Make Way for Ducklings, Caps for Sale and so many more classics. A word of warning before you buy: many of these videos are only mildly animated and may look old-fashioned to cartoon savvy kids. On the otherhand, they are true to the illustrations of the books and have the added advantage of being viewed with or without text, so beginning readers can follow along or read with the sound off. In any case this is a good basic collection if you are building a film library for your children. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Mo Willems Pigeon and Pals
(by Mo Willems, Scholastic $19.99 Score:)

A good choice for keeping beginning reading skills alive and well during the summer. This collection has six of Mo Willems' stories in a 2-DVD set. It includes: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bis, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Missing Identity, Leonardo the Terrible Monster and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. These are not just funny and entertaining, the text on the screen will be good fun for beginning readers to follow. As always Willems' wry humor tickles the funny bone and the spare text are an unbeatable combination that will build a love of books and reading.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog
(Mo Willems, Scholastic $14.99 Score:)

Mo Willems and his family actually play the parts of the characters in three of his classic books: The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog, Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. These are not just funny and entertaining, the text on the screen will be good fun for beginning readers to follow. As always Willems wry humor tickles the funny bone and the spare text are an unbeatable combination that will build a love of books and reading.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Storybook Treasures My First Collection Featuring Splat the Cat
(Scholastic $24.99 Score:)

A three-disk collection of DVD storybooks, featuring some brand new titles mixed in with many classic picture book videos. As a group these stories were selected for younger audiences and offer a nice variety of choices. All of the videos are lightly animated and all of them have a read-along option for beginning readers. Splat the Cat, the star of a new and charming series leads the first disk along with Leo the Late Bloomer, an old favorite by Leo Lionni, Hondo and Fabian and Picnic. Disk 2 leads with the classic Story of Ping, a little duck who learns a lot about life when he runs away, plus the picture books, Goose, The Most Wonderful Egg in the World, Duck on Bike, and Rosie's Walk . This DVD also includes a Spanish Language version of The Story of Ping . Disk 3 leads with The Napping House, a cumulative tale and also includes one of our OTP winners, Bear Snores On plus Each Peach Pear Plum, Drummer Hoff, and Wild About Books. If you own other Storybook Treasures you may want to check the full list carefully so that you are not buying a lot of duplicates. This is one of the problems with the series. Many of the stories appear in more than one collection. That said, it is still the best bet in children’s video.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Storybook Treasures, Young Artist Collection Featuring Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
(Scholastic $24.99 Score:)

Another excellent three-disk set of DVD storybooks of mostly recycled stories held together by the theme of the arts. On the lead DVD you will find the title story, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, which is an award winning book that only got better with the addition of music and animation. On the same disk you'll find other musical stories such as The Star Spangled Banner, Musical Max, Keeping House, Patrick and Apt. 3. Disk 2 is all about art and The Dot is one of our Platinum winners; about a little girl who thinks she cannot draw. Also on this disk are Art, Ish, Norman the Doorman and Wallace's Lists. Disk 3 is about performing and deals with stage fright and other feelings with Shrinking Violet, Three Cheers for Catherine, Giraffes Can't Dance and Amazing Grace. If you own other Storybook Treasures you may want to check the full list carefully so that you are not buying a lot of duplicates. This is one of the problems with the series. Many of the stories appear in more than one collection.  That said, it is still the best bet in children's video.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011.

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2011 Award
Storybook Treasures featuring Chrysanthemum...and more whimsical stories
(Scholastic $18.99 Score:)

In this three DVD set you'll find 17 stories with narrations by Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker and more. The title DVD includes Owen, A Weekend with Wendell, The Caterpillar and the Polliwog, Hondo and Fabian, and Mouse Around. The 2nd DVD titled, Rapunzel includes The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Talking Eggs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Lon Po Po, and Princess Furball. The 3rd DVD titled Is Your Mama A Llama?, also includes Each Peach Pear Plum, Noisy Nora The Little Red Hen, Reading to Your Bunny. This is a great choice for hours of entertainment that also build reading skills.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Good Night, Gorilla and more wacky animal adventures
(Scholastic $20 Score:)

You'll find many, many worthwhile stories to share on this three DVD set with 16 animal tales that have stood the test of time. Along with Good Night Gorilla there is Happy Birthday Moon, The Napping House, The Rainbabies, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, and Elizabeth's Doll. These are all good choices for bedtime viewing. The second disk leads with that old favorite, Danny and the Dinosau and includes The Island of Slog, T is for Terrible, and Stanley and the Dinosaurs. The third DVD includes several gems: THe Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash, Dr DeSoto, FLossie and the Fox, First the Egg, What Do You Do With a Tail Like That? and Joey Runs Away. As a bonus there are author and illustrator interviews that will interest older viewers and several of the stories are done in both English and Spanish. All together you are getting close to three hours of entertainment that you can dole out as a special treat. Built into the stories are reading skills and science concepts.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Awards
Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics 2
(Scholastic $99 Score:)

You'll find this online for a lot less than the retail price and if you are looking for a library of storybook videos to share with your kids, this is priceless. There are 17 DVD's in the set and each has several storybooks on a disk. Even if you buy it at list price, it's $1 a story. You will want to check the titles in this collection against the ones you may already own. We say this all the time about the Storytime Collections. They are the gold standard of videos for young audiences and work well for beginning readers since you can turn on the read-along option that they can follow. Narrators in this collection include such big names as John Lithgow, Mia Farrow, Cyndi Lauper, Abigail Breslin and many others. Here are the titles of the DVD in the package:

• GOODNIGHT MOON
• CORDUROY
• THE WHEELS ON THE BUS
• GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA
• THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
• IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA?
• GIGGLE GIGGLE QUACK
• THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY
• THE HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN COLLECTION
• THE JAMES MARSHALL FAIRYTALE COLLECTION
• HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS
• THE TEACHER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
• MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY
• ANTARCTIC ANTICS
• CRAZY HAIR DAY
• SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT?
• A VERY BRAVE WITCH

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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