If you love to compare books with movies, Scholastic now offers Stellaluna. Based on the children’s book by Janell Cannon, this animated story follows the adventures of a young, seemingly-orphaned fruit bat named Stellaluna who is adopted by a family of birds. How different she is from her adopted siblings! But, will their differences end their friendship? This story can help kids learn to appreciate their uniquenesses. What a great message! It also teaches, in a subtle, but fun way, the difference between bats and birds. By the end of the story, my children could identify a handful of differences between a fruit bat and a bird. Good science content!
The animation, music and extra features in this movie make it a top-quality investment. I recommend you read the book, then spend some time snuggling and watching the movie. Make comparisons and emphasize any lessons (science, life) that you want your children to remember. This movie would also fit well in a unit study about bats, especially fruit basts.
Features with this DVD include: On Screen Read-Along, On Screen Sing-Along Feature and an Activity Booklet found in the DVD case which includes a crossword, a maze and two coloring pages. This DVD is the winner of Parents’ Choice Recommended Award, Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Family Entertainment Award and iParenting Media Award. It is 41 minutes in length, plus extras. It is rated G and recommended for ages 2-8. (Although, my 10-year-old loved it!)
Another exciting resource from Scholastic includes The James Marshall Fairytale Collection which includes new renditions of six well known and not-so-well-known fairy tales. It is available for $14.95 from Scholastic! Thank you, Scholastic, for all the amazing resources you provide to benefit parents, teachers and children. We love Scholastic!
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