Wednesday, October 16, 2013

During the Spookiest Season, Scare up Some Fun with THE HALLOWEEN STORIES COLLECTION, VOLUME 2 from Scholastic Storybook Treasures! #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.


"Just in time for Halloween, these new not-so-scary stories-on-DVD arrive from the nationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES™  series, which brings best-selling children's storybooks to life and promotes a love of literature. With faithful adaptations and celebrity narrations, this critically acclaimed DVD series has won hundreds of awards and sold more than 2.5 million videos."
THE HALLOWEEN STORIES COLLECTION, VOLUME 2 (SRP $24.95) includes 14 stories perfect for early and pre-readers on All Hallows Eve. Though filled with skeletons, witches and more seasonal spooks, families can encourage creativity and music appreciation with the classic sing-along Dem Bones, learn about Latin American holidays with The Day of the Dead, and delight in the not so spooky-ooky stories of Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman. The three DVDs in this ready-made library of Halloween tales are: 
  • The Day Of The Dead...And More Halloween Tales - The DVD also includes these animated stories: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything; Kitten's First Full Moon; and Fletcher and the Falling Leaves.
    NOTE: This DVD is also available as a single title ($14.95 SRP).
  • Dem Bones...And More Sing-Along Stories - The DVD also includes these animated stories: Dinosaur Bones; Hush Little Baby; The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night; and The Erie Canal.
  • Teeny-Tiny And The Witch-Woman...And More Spooky Stories - The DVD also includes these animated stories: The Boy with Two Shadows; Los Gatos Black on Halloween; What's Under My Bed? and King of the Cats 
  • Read-Along Function
  • Author interviews, including Kevin Henkes, Bob Barner and Linda Williams - never before available on DVD 

Type:  DVD
Genre: Kids'/Animation
Ages: 3 and up
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo  
#:  NNVG295130
Running Time: Approx. 90 minutes + extras on 3 DVDs

Running Time: Approx. 36 minutes + extras - 1 DVD


My Thoughts:

I guess one of the perks of being sick besides lots and lots of ice cream, is being able to gather up all the pillows and blankets you can find in the house, make tents or just lounge around watch movies until you fall asleep.  Well, that is what we have been doing here since we were hit with another cold going around. Ugg.  Thanks to the folks New Kideo, the girls and I have been learning about Halloween and the Latin American holiday, "Day of the Dead," which falls on my birthday. :-)  While Savannah is just starting to understand the concept of holidays, all she knew of Halloween prior to watching this DVD set was that it was filled with pumpkins and lots and lots of candy.  

This new DVD set, which includes 14 classic Halloween stories on 3 DVD's will surely delight children both young and old, as well as parents who are kids at heart.  From not-so-spooky stories to catchy sing-a-long songs, this is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween, all while learning about creativity through storytelling, music appreciation and even bravery.  I was not sure how Bella, being almost 2 yrs. old would handle the Halloween stories about witches, ghosts and skeletons.  But, out of the two, I think she enjoyed the stories more, as she sat there and intently watched each and every short animated story, while Savannah was busy setting up the tents.

When my husband came home the other day, Savannah was so excited, as she couldn't wait to talk to him about "Day of the Dead."  My husband is from El Salvador and used to celebrate this holiday when he lived back in his country.  You should have saw Savannah's eyes light up as he shared stories of wonderful celebrations of life for those who have passed on.  And, that night at the dinner table, Savannah turned me my husband and said that she wanted to start celebrating "Day of the Dead" and asked for his help.  She said she would help me cook and decorate the cupcakes, while my husband and Bella were in charge of decorations. :-)  I guess I will no longer be celebrating my birthday, but instead "Day of the Dead." 

If you and your family are fans of Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD's, then you will want to pick up this new release.  Great to watch prior to Halloween, as well as year round, it will provide hours of viewing enjoyable for the whole family.  I love how each story is just long enough to keep the kids engaged, while teaching about things like music appreciation and exploring your creative side.  If you home school, this would also make for a great addition to your curriculum.  


Thanks to the folks at New Kideo, one lucky reader will win a copy of THE HALLOWEEN STORIES COLLECTION, VOLUME 2, to enjoy with their family.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at
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Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

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