Rewind back to your elementary school days… do you remember Scholastic book orders? My son received one of those guides the other day and boy, did it take me back. Those were my absolute fondest memories of school. Poring through that crisp newsprint, daydreaming about all the books I could possibly own. And then the glorious day that those books actually arrived, shiny, new, and smelling like they were freshly printed.
Now you can have those same award-winning stories on your TV, as Scholastic broadened their publications to include DVDs. I was so fortunate to be able to review one of their massive collections, where 100 award-winning classics come to life in this fully animated box set:
In this 17-disc DVD set, the storybook pages come alive, magically unfolding right before your eyes. These beloved tales are narrated by celebrities such as Thora Birch, Abigail Breslin, Mia Farrow, Kathy Bates, Arlo Guthrie, Christopher Lloyd, Randy Travis, Stockard Channing and John Lithgow (to name a few), and collectively have won over 50 prestigious awards.
I haven’t gone through every single story just yet (after all there is over 19 hours of watching tim!), but I can tell you that these are no ordinary children’s DVDs. Some of the stories are animated with the great cartoon-style of yesteryear, some are musical, some are what I call “storybook” versions (non-animated, showing only original illustrations), some are stop motion style, some are live-action, some are old, some are modern, but all are of high-quality content, which is difficult to find these days.
Lately my son has been into the classic story of the “Three Little Pigs,” so having my son watch the animated version was a real treat! This makes it so much easier to allow my kids to sit in front of the TV without the “mommy guilt” and with none of the shouting that goes on in some of the children’s programming on Nickelodeon and Disney. In a fast-paced entertainment society, these slower-paced cartoons (like they were when we were kids) are a welcome change! You’ve heard of “you are what you eat,” right? Well, I like to extend it to “you are what you watch!”
There are 9 stories that are also presented in Spanish and some of the DVDs include discussion questions and interviews with the authors and illustrators. Plus, Scholastic offers an innovative read-along captioning feature (optional) that highlights words as they are read for those just learning how to read. Most of the stories are true adaptations, but you may not recognize a few of the fairy tale versions (usually there are a few different versions of fairy tales anyway).
My favorite DVD is disc 4, featuring musical sing-alongs, including Cyndi Lauper singing “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.” My least favorite DVD thus far is Disc 7, but then again I was never much of a fan of Hans Christian Andersen. Fairy tales can often be a little on the grim side of reality, so maybe it’s better left for the older kids to watch. Besides, there is one story, The Emperor’s New Clothes, that you may want to watch with a little caution. There is a gratuitous cartoon bum shot of the emperor that could have been more tastefully done with his underpants on, in my humble opinion. Plus, the story does say “stupid” once, which isn’t used in our home, so we will be skipping that story along with some scarier ones (and Halloween ones) in Discs 11 and 16. But that may not even be an issue in your own household, since ours tends to be more on the conservative side.
I really do believe that this set would make a great gift that can be enjoyed by the entire family (and not just bookworms). Though it is recommended for ages 2 to 9, old and young can appreciate the animation and recognize the timeless and wholesome (with that one exception) tales.
Now I definitely want Volume 1!!
Here are the stories included in this set:
- All the Colors of the Earth
- Amazing Grace*
- Antarctic Antics
- Bark, George
- Bear Snores On
- A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog
- Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
- By the Light of the Halloween Moon
- Caps for Sale
- Changes, Changes
- The Chinese Violin
- James Marshall’s Cinderella
- Come On Rain!
- Crazy Hair Day
- A Dark, Dark Tale
- The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash*
- Dem Bones
- Diary of a Fly
- Diary of a Worm
- Dooby Dooby Moo
- The Dot
- Duck for President*
- Each Peach Pear Plum
- Elizabeti’s Doll
- The Emperor’s New Clothes
- Frog Went A-Courtin’
- Giggle, Giggle, Quack*
- Giraffes Can’t Dance
- Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- Good Night, Gorilla
- The Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon
- Hansel and Gretel
- Happy Birthday, Moon
- The Happy Lion
- The Happy Owls
- The Hat
- He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
- How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
- Hush Little Baby
- I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote
- I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
- In the Month of Kislev
- In the Small, Small Pond
- Is Your Mama a Llama?*
- Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
- Keeping House
- The Librarian from the Black Lagoon
- The Little Drummer Boy
- The Little Match Girl
- The Little Red Hen
- The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge
- Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
- Madam President
- Max’s Christmas
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
- Miss Nelson Has a Field Day
- Miss Nelson Is Back!
- Morris’s Disappearing Bag
- Musical Max*
- My Senator and Me: A Dog’s Eye View of Washington, D.C.
- The Napping House
- The Night Before Christmas
- Noisy Nora*
- Over in the Meadow
- Owl Moon
- The Rainbabies
- Ralph S. Mouse
- Reading to Your Bunny
- Red Riding Hood
- The Red Shoes
- Seven Candles for Kwanza
- Shrinking Violet
- Smile for Auntie
- So You Want to Be President?
- Space Case
- Stanley and the Dinosaurs
- The Swineherd
- The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
- The Teacher from the Black Lagoon
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
- This Land Is Your Land
- The Three Little Pigs
- The Three Robbers
- The Three-Legged Cat
- Too Many Tamales*
- The Ugly Duckling
- Uncle Elephant
- A Very Brave Witch
- The Wheels on the Bus
- Will I Have a Friend?
- The Witch in the Cherry Tree
- Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
* Denotes Spanish versions available
OWN IT! This box set collection retails for $99.95 on New Video Group’s New Kideo site, but you can find it on Amazon for $48.49 with free shipping. And you won’t have to worry about the treasury taking up much room in your cabinet. Though there are 17 DVDs, it’s compact enough to be a mere 2.5 inches in width.
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