Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentine's Day Gift Giving Guide -- Gifts for Kids -- Chrysanthemum, a 3-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.

- DVD single set of 6 stories
- Features read-along function
- Running time: 76 min.
- Made in USA

Set includes:

- Chrysanthemum (written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, narrated by Meryl Streep): Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect--until the kids at school make fun of her.

- Owen (written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker): Owen loves his blanket, Fuzzy, but he is getting too old to carry it around all the time.

- A Weekend with Wendel (written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, narrated by Mary Beth Hurt): Quiet-as-a-mouse Sophie must learn to assert herself with bossy, big-mouthed Wendell

- The Caterpillar and the Polliwog (written and illustrated by Jack Kent, narrated by Ruis Woertendyke and Melissa Leebaert): The polliwog watches the caterpillar grow up and turn "into something else."

2 Bonus Stories:

- Hondo And Fabian (written and illustrated by Peter McCarty, narrated by Jeff Brooks): Spend a day playing and having fun with Hondo the dog and Fabian the cat.

- Mouse Around (live action - based on the book by Pat Schories): A small mouse is accidentally carried away from his family and friends. How will he ever find his way home?

- DVD features: Spanish versions of Owen and The Caterpillar and the Polliwog
 My Thoughts:
I am a huge Scholastic Storybook Treasures fan, and was so excited to review and share this DVD with my daughter, Savannah.  Since receiving it last month, we have watched the complete DVD collection at least once a week.  My daughter just loves The Caterpillar and the Polliwog and Owen.  My personal favorite is Chrysanthemum, which was narrated by Meryl Streep. 
Being a mom, I am always on the lookout for great educational and fun DVDs to share with my daughter, and haven't found a Scholastic Storybook Treasures title I didn't like.  Each DVD is jam packed with short films, which are usually narrated by famous actors and actresses, and DVD features includes Spanish versions of some of the shorts.  Having a husband from El Salvador, we try to expose our daughters to multi-cultural books and movies, and I can't say enough about the Spanish versions of Scholastic Storybook Treasures titles I have viewed and shared with my children.  My husband loves being able to share his culture and language with them, through fun and educational films.  
My daughter is able to sit and watch a few of the stories at a time and stay engaged, as they are short in length.  In addition, the stories offer a read-along feature, which I love, as it will help young readers learn to read and follow along.  
This Scholastic Storybook Treasures title would make for a great Valentine's Day gift for your little ones.  Why not give them a gift that they can enjoy for years to come, all while providing an excuse to spend quality time together viewing these classics brought to life through film.  I love snuggling up next to Savannah, while we watch and talk about the stories.  
You can buy this and other Scholastic Storybook Treasures titles at New Video.  This DVD collection is only $24.95.
Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone. 

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