We don’t watch much television. I’m a reader by nature, and I try to instill that same love in my son, who is almost 3 years old. I find there is so much worthless television out there, more than ever before, that for my son’s entertainment I like to turn to DVD’s when I can. No commercials pressuring him to love the latest plastic toy, and I know exactly what he’s absorbing. Toddlers are, after all, little sponges slurping up everything around them. So when a set of 7 DVD’s from Scholastic arrived in the mail, I was very hopeful.
Scholastic has been around for a long time – even longer than me! I grew up with Harold and the Purple Crayon, my favorite (remember, Mom?) and Corduroy the bear too. I like to read those sort of stories to my son now. What is so wonderful about this collection is that it contains 50 of the most amazing, beautiful children’s stories. Each story is read aloud to your child, oftentimes by famous narrators such as Anthony Edwards, Calista Flockhard, Cyndi Lauper, and Lynn Whitfield to name a few.
Remember the artwork in some of these stories? Stories like those by Ezra Jack Keats and Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann? As the “animation” of the stories, the camera slowly scans the pages of these beautiful books; sometimes a little animation is added, or in the case of Harold and the Purple Crayon and a few others, they are gently animated. No flashy in-your-face, fast paced stuff – just calm, relaxing storytelling backed by beautiful music and tranquil pictures. What’s more, young ones can follow along with the reader if parents choose to display the text as captions which turn yellow as each word is read. My son points and says, “Look, Mommy, words!” Yes, we are getting there.
I am very impressed with this series. I don’t review DVD’s very often because I’m particular and want the best video library I can find for my son. I love things that are educational, entertaining, and artistically fulfilling, and this DVD set fills the bill on every angle. I am very pleased to be able to offer one “My Very First Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics: Preschool Stories”set ($50 retail) to a dkMommy Spot reader. Whether you have a child or know a child, this is a must-see series.
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