DVD Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics **GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

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:

Scholastic’s newly released Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics Volume 2

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:

 

  1. All the Colors of the Earth
  2. Amazing Grace*
  3. Antarctic Antics
  4. Bark, George
  5. Bear Snores On
  6. A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog
  7. Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
  8. By the Light of the Halloween Moon
  9. Caps for Sale
  10. Changes, Changes
  11. The Chinese Violin
  12. James Marshall’s Cinderella
  13. Come On Rain!
  14. Corduroy
  15. Crazy Hair Day
  16. A Dark, Dark Tale
  17. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash*
  18. Dem Bones
  19. Diary of a Fly
  20. Diary of a Worm
  21. Dooby Dooby Moo
  22. The Dot
  23. Duck for President*
  24. Each Peach Pear Plum
  25. Elizabeti’s Doll
  26. The Emperor’s New Clothes
  27. Frog Went A-Courtin’
  28. Georgie
  29. Giggle, Giggle, Quack*
  30. Giraffes Can’t Dance
  31. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
  32. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  33. Good Night, Gorilla
  34. Goose
  35. The Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon
  36. Hansel and Gretel
  37. Happy Birthday, Moon
  38. The Happy Lion
  39. The Happy Owls
  40. The Hat
  41. He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
  42. How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
  43. Hush Little Baby
  44. I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote
  45. I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
  46. In the Month of Kislev
  47. In the Small, Small Pond
  48. Is Your Mama a Llama?*
  49. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
  50. Keeping House
  51. The Librarian from the Black Lagoon
  52. The Little Drummer Boy
  53. The Little Match Girl
  54. The Little Red Hen
  55. The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge
  56. Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
  57. Madam President
  58. Max’s Christmas
  59. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  60. Miss Nelson Has a Field Day
  61. Miss Nelson Is Back!
  62. Monty*
  63. Morris’s Disappearing Bag
  64. Musical Max*
  65. My Senator and Me: A Dog’s Eye View of Washington, D.C.
  66. The Napping House
  67. The Night Before Christmas
  68. Nightingale
  69. Noisy Nora*
  70. Over in the Meadow
  71. Owl Moon
  72. Patrick
  73. Petunia
  74. The Rainbabies
  75. Ralph S. Mouse
  76. Reading to Your Bunny
  77. Red Riding Hood
  78. The Red Shoes
  79. Seven Candles for Kwanza
  80. Shrinking Violet
  81. Smile for Auntie
  82. So You Want to Be President?
  83. Space Case
  84. Stanley and the Dinosaurs
  85. The Swineherd
  86. The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
  87. The Teacher from the Black Lagoon
  88. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
  89. This Land Is Your Land
  90. The Three Little Pigs
  91. The Three Robbers
  92. The Three-Legged Cat
  93. Too Many Tamales*
  94. The Ugly Duckling
  95. Uncle Elephant
  96. A Very Brave Witch
  97. The Wheels on the Bus
  98. Will I Have a Friend?
  99. The Witch in the Cherry Tree
  100. 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.

**Win** A DVD Treasury of 100 StoryBook Classics Volume 2 courtesy of Scholastic and Foundry Communications!

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    I like “there was an old lady who swalowed a fly”

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    Brittney Minor says:

    My favorite is Corduroy! I loved that story as a kid!!

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    Corduroy is my favorite from when I was a kid. I love reading this book to my son.

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    My favorite is “The Emperor’s New Clothes”!

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