A Nation of Moms had the opportunity to review a third Scholastic DVD title. Let’s hear what our two reviews had to say about it…
You’ve read the stories. Now, grab the popcorn, curl up with your kids and a warm blanket and prepare to enjoy listening to someone else read them. The animation in The Boy Who Cried Wolf…and more children’s fables makes the pictures from the book come to life. The music in the background enhances the enjoyment. And, I think it is always fun to hear someone else read the stories I have been reading to my kids for ages.
If you are a teacher or a homeschooling family, these stories are probably ones you use in your curriculum. So, why not reinforce the stories or add to your lesson plans by letting the kids watch these short movies? This DVD collection is a great resource for doing just that. Plus, you can turn the read-along feature on if you have young readers who would like to read along with the narrator. Then, use the included discussion questions to stimulate a conversation about the stories.
Also included on the DVD are interviews with The Boy Who Cried Wolf Illustrator Boris Kulikov and Seven Blind Mice Author/Illustrator Ed Young.
This particular collection includes:
THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF (Written by B.G. Hennessy, illustrated by Boris Kulikov, narrated by Peter Scolari) A bored shepherd cries that a wolf is after his sheep, and the townspeople come running! How many times can his trick work?
My oldest walked in on the middle of this movie and said… “Oh, this is the story of that boy who was naughty!” The illustration/animation at the end always makes me chuckle. This is a great story to facilitate discussion on all kinds of topics.
CHARLIE NEEDS A CLOAK (Written and illustrated by Tomie DePaola) When Charlie’s old cloak becomes torn and tatters, he spins a new one showing how cloth is made from wool.
We read this story in conjunction with one of our lessons on “From Sheep to Shawl”. It is a well done story sharing the steps taken to get the wool to become a garment. My daughter pointed out that they do not tell you how the color got onto the wool, but she is a detail person!
RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI (Written by Rudyard Kipling, adapted by Jerry Pinkney, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, narrated by Michael York) A classic story from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. A brave little mongoose washes into a garden and saves his new family.
Who knew a mongoose could be so talented! This story is not animated. Instead, the camera zooms in on different portions of the illustrators in a manner reminiscent of Reading Rainbow.
SEVEN BLIND MICE (Written and illustrated by Ed Young, narrated by B.D. Wong) Six blind mice investigate parts of a strange Something. Not until the seventh mouse explores the whole thing do they figure out what it is.
This is a great story to illustrate that people have different points of view based on their experiences. If you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, you might get a different point of view and change your opinion. Nice way to facilitate a discussion on empathy.
STONE SOUP (Written and illustrated by Marcia Brown, narrated by Mandy Patinkin) Three clever soldiers devise a plan to get food and lodging from selfish inhabitants of a French village.
You might recognize the voice of the narrator in this one. Again, not animated, but different portions of the red, white, black and gray illustrations are the focus on the camera.
Whether you want to watch the DVDs, use them as additional material in your classroom or simply listen to them as if they were audio books (on TV), this is a great collection of classic stories for your home, classroom or automobile DVD!
The Boy Who Cried Wolf and more animal tales certainly hit a chord in our house. Since each of the stories has a moral or a lesson to it, it was the perfect fit for what we’ve been going through in our house.
It was quite entertaining to not only watch the stories, but know that it related to us in some way. Isaac loved Charlie Needs a Cloak, asking if when I’m weaving or knitting, if I’m making fabric to make a cloak for him.
My favorite? Rikki Tikki Tavi-a throwback to my childhood with a favorite book of mine. I had to explain what a mongoose was to Isaac, but there’s always time for a nature lesson! That took a bit of time and a webquest to explain where we find mongoose and what they eat, and ended up in a sharing with his class all about mongoose!
The thing that struck me most about this DVD was that there were discussion questions that could be used to add to the lessons that the DVD presents! It was nice to be able to ask questions that I normally wouldn’t have thought of to reinforce the lessons.
Scholastic does such a wonderful job with the DVD, from the narrators to the art that is so painstakingly reproduced from the original books, and yes, I compared the ones I could find at the library at work to the artwork on the DVD. The other favorite things that Scholastic does remain-the read along component, the excellent narration and the different books that they put onto DVD.
OWN IT! The Boy Who Cried Wolf…and more children’s fables DVD retails for $99.95 on New Video Group’s New Kideo site, but you can find it on Amazon for $13.49 with free shipping.
And don’t forget to check out the other offerings from Scholastic Storybook Treasures to see if there are more you might be interested in! These would make great Christmas gifts for both children and teachers.
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