Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Must See Holiday Movies–Scholastic Storybook Treasures, The Night Before Christmas..and more classic holiday tales (A 2-DVD Set) (Review)





Collect the entire library of Scholastic Storybook Treasures and read along on screen with your favorite classic children s stories, brought vividly to life on DVD.

In this 2-DVD set, fans of Scholastic and holiday storybook classics will enjoy getting in to the holiday spirit with beautiful animated shorts of these classic. Each movie offers infamous holiday music that will get you toes tapping.

Included in this DVD set are the following:

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (By Clement Clark Moore, Illustrated by Ruth Sanderson, Narrated by Anthony Edwards) The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and soon St. Nicholas will be there.

IN THE MONTH OF KISLEY (By Nina Jaffe, Illustrated by Louise August, Narrated by Theodore Bikel) A wealthy, arrogant merchant learns the true meaning of Hanukkah when he takes the family of a poor peddler to court for savoring the smell of his family's potato pancakes.

SEVEN CANDLES FOR KWANZAA (By Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney, Narrated by Alfre Woodard) This unique holiday commemorates the strength of family ties, respect for ancestors, commitment to the growth of community, and gratitude for life's bounties.

TOO MANY TAMALES (By Gary Soto, Illustrated by Ed Martinez, Narrated by Blancha Camacho) Maria feels very grown-up helping make Christmas dinner, until she realizes that she may have lost her mother s ring in one of the tamales!

MAX S CHRISTMAS (Written and Illustrated by Rosemary Wells, Narrated by Jenny Agutter & Rex Robbins) Max is told that he can't stay up to see Santa, but he sneaks down anyway. Will Santa still come if Max is awake?

MORRIS’S DISAPPEARING BAG (Written and Illustrated by Rosemary Wells) Morris thinks his brother and sisters have better Christmas presents. But inside the last box under the tree he finds a magical gift that makes all his troubles disappear.

THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY (By Katherine Davis, Henry Oronati & Harry Simeone, Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, Narrated by John Jennings) Joyful drumming and glowing illustrations combine to celebrate the nativity.
DVD Features: Spanish Version of Too Many Tamales

Also, enjoy The Twelve Days of Christmas, Sam and the Lucky Money, Great Joy, The Clown of God and Merry Christmas. Space Case. 

My Thoughts:

Who doesn’t like Scholastic?  I remember as a kid ordering books each month from them through my school.  And, since then, they have come out with DVDs of their books, as well as of classic stories, that are brought to life through amazing storytelling and imagery.  And, this is no exception to The Night Before Christmas…and more classic holiday tales.  I was excited to view this DVD, as The Night Before Christmas was a family favorite growing up, and still is today.  In addition, I love watching The Twelve Days of Christmas be brought to life in a short movie format – just brilliant.  Besides these 2 storybook holiday classics, this DVD also offers up 10 additional stories, some of which teach children about other religions and how they they celebrate, like Kwanzaa and Hanukkah.  My husband, who is from El Salvador, especially liked Too Many Tamales.  He had never read this as a child, but thought it was cute and fitting to include it on this holiday collection, to showcase Hispanic celebrations and foods.

So, if you love holiday movies like I do.  I think I enjoy this more than the shopping and baking of cookies – then, you will love this DVD collection of holiday favorites, or soon to be favorites.  With Christmas just days away, this would make for a great Christmas Eve bonding experience with your family.   We have been reading The Night Before Christmas since I was little, and will continue to do so (in addition to the new app by the same title available through iTunes) this Christmas Eve.  Prior to this, I will watch a few of these short movies with my girls, as a way to unwind and get into the holiday spirit – before Santa comes to town!

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You can buy this DVD set through Amazon.com, as well as pick up at various retailers like Barnes and Noble.  Pick it up now, so you will have it in time for this weekend!

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

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