I have mentioned before that I am a huge fan of Scholastic DVD’s. We have the 100 Storybook Classics and watch them several times a week.
I got extremely excited when I heard that Treasury of 20 Storybook Classics was being released; a whole new collection of award-winning children’s literature brought to life on DVD! I expected the same great quality as previous Scholastic DVD’s, but honestly, Scholastic really raised the bar when they made Treasury of 20 Storybook Classics!
This collection has a fantastic new feature for early readers. The story comes alive as you have the option to “read along” with the DVD.
Each sentence appears at the bottom of the screen, and then each word is highlighted as it is spoken by the narrator.
Watching Treasury of 20 Storybook Classics is just like having someone read aloud to your child, pointing out each word as it is pronounced. I love this feature and I know it will be beneficial for Jojo as he learns to read!
The DVD’s included in this collection are The Mouse and the Motorcycle, A Diary of a Spider, Bear Snores On, and He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle story was the first one I watched with Jojo, and we had to view it multiple times. It is based on the book by Beverly Cleary and is a live action movie using a real boy and a stop-motion animated mouse. I have a memory of watching this same movie in my school library when I was 6 or 7 years old. It is so special to enjoy it again with my son!
There is also a bonus story on this DVD, Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf.
Bear Snores on & More Beary Adorable Tales was Jojo’s next favorite
Bear Snores On (by Karma Wilson) is gives this DVD it’s name, although this disk has several animal tales, including another bear story, Bear Wants More (by Karma Wilson), Henry Hikes to Fitchburg (by D.B. Johnson), Goldilocks and the Three Bears (written and illustrated by James Marshall),
Panama (written and illustrated by Janosch), and The Bear and the Fly (by Paula Winter).
Diary of a Spider… and More Cute Critter Stories is a cute collection that includes Diary of a Spider (by Doreen Cronin), Roberto the Insect Architect (written and illustrated by Nina Laden), Norman the Doorman (written and illustrated by Don Freeman), The Mysterious Tadpole (written and illustrated by Steven Kellogg), and The Story of the Dancing Frog (by Quentin Blake).
He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands is the title of the 4th DVD, and also the name of the first story; one that uses beautiful landscapes and warm images of a boy and his family as a backdrop for a folk song.
This artistic interpretation celebrates the connectedness of people and nature. I love that my boys can experience a special performance like this, even without buying tickets to a live theatre!
The He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands DVD also includes Come On, Rain! (by Karen Hesse), Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message(by Chief Jake Swamp), Owl Moon (by Jane Yolen), The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks(by Katherine Peterson), Patrick (by Quentin Blake), and a live action interpretation of
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog (based on a book by Mercer Mayer).
Treasury of 20 Storybook Classics is a great value for $26.99 on Amazon. To purchase each disk individually, it would be over $40!
The stories on these DVD’s are already becoming family favorites. I cannot recommend the Scholastic Storybook DVD’s enough; these are the perfect programs to entertain your children in an extremely rich, educational way.