Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Arriving in Time for the Holidays -- Merry Christmas, Splat... and More Winter Stories -- Available on DVD, Nov. 19th -- Review and #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.





SRP: $14.95

"Ready for this season's holiday family viewing, Merry Christmas, Splat... and More Winter Stories arrives 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 DVD is packed with endearing, colorfully animated and expertly narrated tales: 
  • Merry Christmas, Splat (written and illustrated by Rob Scotton, narrated by John Keating): Splat is trying hard to be good before Santa's arrival so he can get all the presents he's dreamed of on Christmas Day!
  • Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas (written by Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke, narrated by Katherine Kellgren): It's Christmas Eve and Fletcher wonders how Santa will find his burrow through all the snow.
  • Snowflake Bentley (written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian, narrated by Sean Astin): Willie Bentley loved and learned all about snowflakes.
  • Owl Moon (written and narrated by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr): A girl and her father search the moonlit woods for the Great Horned Owl in this carefully animated adaptation of a classic children's picture book.
    • Read-Along Function
    • Behind-the-scenes look at creating the animation for Fletcher

    Type:  DVD
    Genre:  Kids'/Animation
    Ages: 3 and up
    Running Time: Approx. 37 minutes + extras


    My Thoughts:

     Eek!  Can you believe there are only 42 days until Christmas?  It seems like each year, once the summer wraps up, the holidays are here in a blink of an eye.  Just the other day, I took the girls to run errands and was looking for a radio station to listen to.  And, low and behold, I stumbled across Christmas music.   I thought to myself, I remember when they started playing this music right around Thanksgiving.  Now, they are playing it 24 hours a day weeks before Turkey day.  Nothing like rushing the holidays.  But, I don't mind, as I love Christmas music and could listen to it all day.  And, the girls are getting into the holiday spirit, and rang along with me to Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells and other fun holiday songs.  And, when we arrived home, we found the upcoming Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD, " " waiting for us. 

    Over the past couple of days, I have been sharing the four short animated stories that make up this new holiday release with the girls.  Like other Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD's, this one also had the read-along feature, which I love.  I love being able to see Savannah run over to the television and point out words she recognizes, as well as the different letters in the alphabet.  As for the stories, they are just long enough to keep the girls' attention, while providing fun and educational story lines that make for great discussions later.  

    Even though this DVD is only 37 minutes in length for the 4 short stories, it offers fun extras that you have to make a point to check out, including a behind the scenes look at the making of Fletcher.  It was hard to say which of the holiday stories the girls enjoyed most, as we have watched this DVD half a dozen times since the weekend, and they get into each, and love talking about the different characters and stories.  As for me, I loved seeing Owl Moon brought to life, as it has become a staple in our bedtime reading.  Savannah loves pointing out Mr. Moon to me, and sharing her own rendition of the story, which is always a treat to listen to. :-)

    If you love holiday films geared towards children, but that the whole family can enjoy watching together, then you will want to pick up a copy of this upcoming DVD release from the Scholastic Storybook Treasures Series.  This is one DVD we will not only watch during the holidays, but year round, as it is enjoyable and gets the girls excited to have me read such books like Owl Moon to them, after seeing the animated version.



    Thanks to the folks at Scholastic, one lucky reader will win a copy of Merry Christmas, Splat... and More Winter Stories, 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 www.scholastic.com.

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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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