I received 2 Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed are my own.
One Zillion Valentines
Five stories about friendship make this the perfect DVD to give in anticipation of Valentine’s Day! When Marvin shows Milton how to make valentines, they decide to make one for each person in their neighborhood in “One Zillion Valentines”, an animated adaptation of Frank Modell’s sweet book about random acts of kindness and generosity. The additional stories featured in this collection include “Goggles”, Ezra Jack Keats’ Caldecott Award-winner, “A Letter to Amy”, “Will I Have A Friend”, and “Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge”. The DVD also includes Scholastic’s read-along function, perfect for building early reading skills which highlights words as they’re read, allowing viewers to follow the narrator. Release date February 7, 2012.
These were some really cute stories about Valentines and friendship. My kids liked the first story “One Zillion Valentines” the best because the kids make a ton of valentines for the whole neighborhood. I didn’t recognize any of these book adaptations, so it was fun to have them “read” to me for the first time. The read-along feature is so great for my daughter learning to read. It’s really helpful for her to see the words highlighted as they are being said.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears
Perfect for celebrating Black History Month and learning about stories from the African tradition, Scholastic Storybook Treasures presents five stories on DVD, two of which have never before been released: “Not So Fast Songololo” and “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters”. In the title tale “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears”, a Caldecott Medal winner and West African origin story from author Verna Ardema, a mosquito lies to a lizard, who puts sticks in his ears and ends up frightening another animal, which down a long line causes a panic. The mosquito is eventually found out, but hides in order to escape punishment. Other stories include “Hot Hippo” and “The Village of Round and Square Houses”, and the DVD includes Scholastic’s ever-popular read-along function. Release date Jan 31, 2012.
My daughters and I really enjoyed this DVD! The title story was so funny in the explanation for why mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears. Their favorite story however was the “Hot Hippo”. It has a very clever explanation for why hippos spend the day in the water and open their mouths. These DVDs are really great options to other popular media. The graphics are great and I believe these stories can help grow our children’s love for books.
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