Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Easter Gift Ideas -- The Springtime Collection Featuring Max's Chocolate Chicken from Scholastic Storybook Treasures -- Review and #Giveaway




"Just in time for Easter, bunnies and chicks take over in THE SPRINGTIME COLLECTION FEATURING MAX’S CHOCOLATE CHICKEN, a new 3-disc collection from Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ – perfect for holiday gift giving!

13 award-winning stories are featured on three discs, headlined by Rosemary Wells’ delightful Easter-themed tale “Max’s Chocolate Chicken”.  Kids are sure to grin from ear to ear as the fun-loving bunnies Max and Ruby – who can currently be seen on Nick Jr. -- hunt for Easter eggs with hilarious results, or as a crazy-eyed chicken and all his panicked friends try to run away from a falling sky in Ed Emberley’s and Rebecca Emberley’s delightful “Chicken Little”.   Families can also learn a fun baking recipe for splendid cake with “The Red Hen”!   Featuring Scholastic’s innovative Read-Along captioning, celebrity narration including Lily Tomlin, Randy Travis, Michael McKean, and more, and an Easter basket-full of bonuses including interviews with Rosemary Wells and Ed Emberley and Rebecca Emberley, THE SPRINGTIME COLLECTION blossoms with fun!

The three DVDs included are:

Max’s Chocolate Chicken…and more stories by Rosemary Wells – also includes “Max’s Christmas”, “Morris’s Disappearing Dog”, “Otto Runs for President”, “Max’s Christmas – Spanish Version”

The Ren Hen…and more cooking stories – also includes “Bread Comes to Life”,  “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?”, and “Arnie the Doughnut”

Chicken Little…and more zany animal stories – also includes “The Great White Man-Eating Shark”, “The Three-Legged Cat”, and “Dooby Dooby Moo”"


·         Read-Along captioning
·         Easy-to-follow recipe for how to bake your own splendid cake!
·         Interview with Otto Runs for President Author/Illustrator Rosemary Wells
·         A Visit from Rosemary Wells
·         Interview with Chicken Little Author/Illustrators Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley


Type:  DVD
Catalog #:  NNVG283540
Running Time: Appros. 2 hrs., 57 mins. + extras
Genre:  Kids’/Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo


My Thoughts:

Another Nick Jr. show my daughter Savannah loves is Max and Ruby, which is about brother and sister rabbits, who go through the same ups and downs as most siblings do.  At times they may fight and want to spend time together.  But, then they realize how important family is and that being together and doing things is so much fun.  Ruby often struggles with wanting to include her little brother Max in things, as does my daughter Savannah, with her little sister, Arabella.  But, when she realizes that Arabella can do almost everything she can, and that it is more fun when someone else is playing alongside you, then it is a joy to watch two sisters play nicely. :-)  In  Max's Chocolate Chicken, the siblings go on a backyard Easter Egg Hunt to see how can find the most eggs and win the large chocolate chicken Max finds in the birdbath. Max, like any other toddler, once he sets his eyes on the oversized chocolate chicken, can't concentrate on anything else.  And, while he pretends to look for eggs alongside Ruby, he is only thinking about one thing -- the chocolate chicken and eating it.  But, when Ruby gathers up more eggs than he does, what is he to do?  I will not spoil the ending for you -- you will just have to pick up this new DVD collection to find out. :-)

I will not bore you with a review of Chicken Little and Red Hen DVDs, which are also included in this 3-DVD collection, as I reviewed them in earlier posts, when they released a short time ago. You can read about these DVDs here:
What I will say is that this is a great 3-DVD collection, and really would make for a great Easter basket gift idea, as it combines some of the best Scholastic Storybook Treasures stories to date.  Geared towards children ages 2-7, these animated stories will be enjoyed by both parents and children, and would make for a great family night DVD to watch.


One lucky reader will win this 3-DVD collection, thanks to the folks at New Kideo.  To enter, 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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