Friday, February 1, 2013

Available Now from Scholastic Storybook Treasures -- STONE SOUP and STORIES ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FEATURING MARCH ON! (Review and Giveaway)

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"Just in time to celebrate Chinese New Year and learn about some of Asian culture’s best loved tales, Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ releases STONE SOUP…AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE ASAIN TRADITION.  Highlighted by author/illustrator Jon J. Muth’s award-winning take on “Stone Soup”, the new DVD also features three other classic tales, as well as a Read-Along function which highlights the words as they are spoken, allowing young viewers to follow along with the narrators.

“Stone Soup” is a classic folktale about the strength people possess when they work together. The three other stories on the DVD include “The Five Chinese Brothers”, “Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China”, and “Stonecutter”.  These colorfully animated adaptations of classic stories feature celebrity narration by B.D. Wong (Law and Order: SVU).

The DVD also includes a behind-the-scenes interview with Jon J. Muth, the award-winning author/illustrator of “Stone Soup”, “The Three Questions” and other popular stories for kids. Muth also illustrated cards for Magic: The Gathering."

"Commemorate Black History Month and learn about African American traditions with STORIES ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FEATURING MARCH ON!, a specially-packaged 3-disc set from Scholastic Storybook Treasures™.  Featuring thirteen award-winning animated adaptations across three hours from some of the most talented authors and illustrators working today, this is a set that will be treasured by families year round.

In MARCH ON: THE DAY MY BROTHER MARTIN CHANGED THE WORLD, written by Dr. Christine King Farris, illustrated by London Ladd and narrated by Lynn Whitfield, Martin Luther King Jr.’s sister travels back to 1963 to present a personal, stirring account of the remarkable day when Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech”.  Powerful, entertaining and unforgettable, additional stories – narrated by celebrities such as Michael Clarke Duncan, James Earl Jones, Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad, Samuel L. Jackson – include: “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears”, “Duke Ellington”, “Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of Vocal Virtuosa”, “Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad” and “Martin’s Big Words”.

As with all Scholastic Storybook Treasures releases, the stories include a Read-Along function which highlights the words as they are spoken, allowing young viewers to follow along with the narrators.  The set also features bonus programming including interviews with authors and narrators including Christine King Farris and Ellen Levine (“Henry’s Freedom Box”). "

My Thoughts:

I ended up watching these two DVDs with my 10 year old niece the other day, when she came to visit.  With the recent MLK holiday, she said she had learned about him in school, but liked how this new DVD from Scholastic Storybook Treasures made it easier to understand.   She has been a fan of these DVDS since I began sharing them with her a few years back.  And, each and every time, she always says the same thing, "Why can't my teacher show these movies, instead out of the old, outdated ones.  These are more entertaining."  Who would expect to hear a child tell you that learning about historical figures and events would be entertaining?  :-) 

Even though she thoroughly enjoyed the March On! DVD, her favorite was Stone Soup, as she hadn't learned much about the Chinese New Year in school over the years, and loved learning about the Asian culture through the collection of tales included on this new release.  I had read the "Stone Soup" story, a classic folklore, many many years ago, but loved seeing it come to live in this animated story.    My niece and I both agreed that our favorite story of the three others that made up this DVD was "Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China."  Each of the stories were vibrant in color and very appealing to the eyes.  It was hard to take your eyes of the screen, which made for entertaining viewing.

I have since let my niece bring these DVDs to show her teacher, who said she was not aware of them, and would view them this weekend, and maybe share with the class next week.  If you have not had a chance to watch a Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD, you really are missing out.  Not only are they full of educational stories, but are a joy to watch with the entire the family.  Even though my daughters are too young to truly appreciate these DVDs, I know when they get older, they will enjoy watching the such as much as their cousins and I do.   Why not pick up a copy of either or both of these new releases from Scholastic Storybook Treasures today from, and enjoy a nice family movie night together, while learning about the Asian Culture and Black History month?


Thanks to the folks at Scholastic and New Kideo, two lucky readers will win one of these new DVD releases.  I will draw two winners, with the first winner getting to choice from the two titles.  Then, the second name chosen will win the remaining title.  To enter this giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.

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