In commemoration of this special month, Scholastic Storybook Treasures presents Heroes of African American History:

Duke Ellington and More Stories to Celebrate Great Figures in African American History

You may think that you know a little something about Duke Ellington or other African American folks in history, but “you ain’t seen nothin’” until you have watched the Scholastic Storybook Treasures Duke Ellington movie.  In the background, you hear the music of Duke Ellington as you hear his story.  When reading about specific instruments and people, the camera zoomed in on them in the illustrations, helping emphasize their importance.  My kids, my husband and I all learned something from watching this book come to life on the screen.  Whether you love his music or are studying about him to celebrate African American History month, this would be a great addition to your educational (and fun) movie collection!

The second book on the DVD, Ellington Was Not a Street, is an illustrated poem.  Our favorite part was the boatload of information at the end.  Detailed information and photos about each person mentioned in the poem brought the story to life.  It made watching it a second time even better.  This treasure trove is a terrific tool to help kids learn to love learning history.

I have always loved the music of Ella Fitzgerald, but I knew little about her.  The third story on this DVD, Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of Vocal Virtuosa was filled with information and (my favorite) her music!  If you or your kids have never heard the music of Ella Fitzgerald, this would be a great way to expose them.  The story uses pictures and music to share information in a very appealing manner.  Even my four-year-old watched and listened with rapt attention!

The final story on this DVD is John Henry.  It is based on the folk ballad by the same name.  It is well done and very enjoyable.  When it was finished, I had to explain to my kids about folk tales being fiction.  They couldn’t believe that someone could do what John Henry did.  It provided a great opportunity to talk about the difference between fact and fiction.

Not only are there four great stories (with lots of terrific music) on this DVD, it also includes a Read along feature (that can be turned off) and discussion questions.  It is an excellent resource to supplement teachings on Jazz, African American music, African American history and the stories themselves.  I would encourage you to read the books and then watch these illustrated versions to help reinforce the concepts you are teaching!

OWN IT!  Duke Ellington and More Stories to Celebrate Great Figures in African American History DVD retails for $14.95 on Scholastic’s web store. Don’t forget to check out the other Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs.

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**Win** Duke Ellington and More Stories to Celebrate Great Figures in African American History DVD courtesy of Scholastic and Foundry Communications!


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  1. 1

    The Scrambled States of America and More Stories to Celebrate Our Country DVD

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    Fan of yours on FB: Alex Herring

  4. 4
    Steph C says:

    I like the scrambled states of the united states! Would be great for my daughter

  5. 5

    I’d pick the Martin’s Big Words dvd.