April 8, 2013

Scholastic Storybook Treasures: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears and the Valentines Collection

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Before I begin, let me be clear there is nothing eco-friendly about this product; however, they are sweet stories. Any product sent to me, I feel obligated to review.

Scholastic Storybook Treasures is a series of DVDs that are well done featuring great children's literature. Children can read along while the stories are narrated by famous people, such as James Earl Jones. They typically feature five stories and are recommended for children ages four to eight.

We were sent the following DVDs:
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears and more African Folk Tales

WHY MOSQUITOES BUZZ IN PEOPLE'S EARS (Written by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, narrated by James Earl Jones) A tall tale sets off a chain of mishaps through the jungle grapevine from Mosquito to Iguana to Python to Owl.

HOT HIPPO (Written by Bruce Hobson, illustrated by Adrienne Kennaway) Hippo promises not to eat Ngai's little fishes in exchange for being allowed to live in the cool water instead of on dry land.

NOT SO FAST SONGOLOLO (Written and illustrated by Niki Daly) In this warm and tender story, Malusi, a South African boy, spends a delightful day shopping in the city with his grandmother, Gogo.

THE VILLAGE OF ROUND AND SQUARE HOUSES (Written and illustrated by Ann Grifalconi) A young girl from the West African village of Tos movingly tells how the men came to live in square houses and the women in round ones.

WHO'S IN RABBIT'S HOUSE? (Written by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, narrated by James Earl Jones) Adapted from a Masai folktale, a rabbit can't get into her house because a creature is hiding inside.

DVD Features: 5 stories plus read along

Supports: Cooperation, Friendship, Problem Solving

The Valentines Collection Featuring One Zillion Valentines
ONE ZILLION VALENTINES (Written and illustrated by Frank Modell) Two enterprising friends, Milton and Marvin, prove that valentines are for everyone.

A LETTER TO AMY (Written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats) The wind spoils Peter's attempt to mail a special invitation to his special friend Amy.

GOGGLES! (Written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, narrated by Geoffrey Holder) Peter and his friend Archie call upon faithful dog Willie to outsmart a gang of tough bullies who want Peter's goggles.

WILFRID GORDON McDONALD PARTRIDGE (By Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas, narrated by Mem Fox) In this gentle, moving story about caring and sharing, a small boy helps a friend remember her past by sharing his own special items.

WILL I HAVE A FRIEND (Written by Miriam Cohen, illustrated by Lillian Hoban, narrated by David de Vries) On the first day of school Jim worries that he won't make any friends. Will he meet anyone who feels the same way?

DVD Features: 5 stories plus read along

Supports: Friendship; Sharing; New Experiences

Of course, it is always best to read to your child, but these DVDs are better than many movies and kids' shows, in my opinion. At least there is the option to read along, bringing some print awareness to the experience, and they feature great children's literature. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale has always been one of my favorites.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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