Want to add something new to your study of the celebration of Black History Month? Check out the new collection of African Folk Tales from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. This grouping of stories will have your chuckling, smiling and shaking your head in wonder.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears
If you wonder why this happens, check out this story. It is a Caldecott Medal Winner. The kids were “reading” along with the repetition in this story and then laughing at the surprise ending. I don’t think this is necessarily a true story, but it sure is fun to read! The use of simple animations, music and sound effects, plus narration by James Earl Jones make this a must for lovers of African folk tales.
Hippo is hot and longs to spend time in the cool water with the little fishes. When she approaches the god who made her, she asks him to allow her to be in the water. With some concessions, he agrees and hippo finds herself much happier.
Not So Fast Songolo
This is a delightful story of intergenerational interaction and the fun that brings about. Grandma needs to go to the market and she takes Songolo with her. He moves fast and she moves slow, but together they have fun. Never before released by Scholastic, we found this to be a heart-warming story and were glad it was included.
The Village of Round and Square Houses
There is a rule in villages that men must live in square houses and women must live in round houses. Wonder why? Check out this story for the answer. It might not be for the reasons you think!
Who’s in Rabbit’s House?
We laughed and laughed at the antics shared in this story. The illustrations are marvelous and have been brought to life with gentle animations, wonderfully appropriate music, sound effects and the voice of James Earl Jones. What a treat! We will never read this story the same way again!
I am so grateful that Scholastic continues to offer the Read Along feature on its DVDs. This shows the words the narrator is reading so that early readers (and non-readers) can make the connection between the words they see and the words they hear. It makes a terrific resource and combines it with fun!
BUY IT! This video is available from Scholastic Storybook Treasures for $14.95. It is also available from other retailers. It would make a great addition to your classroom, home library or learning tool kit. Plus, Scholastic offers the cover art as a coloring sheet!
If you like this one, check out the other resources offered by Scholastic Storybook Treasures. You might be surprised how many of your favorite stories they have available. Their choice of narrators, music and animation always adds life and zest to the stories. You will not be disappointed. If you like this one, check out this related title:
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