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The Scrambled States of America...And More Stories to Celebrate Our Country

The Scrambled States of America...And More Stories to Celebrate Our Country

Fall 2004 DVD
Ages: 4 - 9 yrs.
Length: 65 minutes
DVD Price: $14.95
Review:
This installment of the Scholastic Video Collection has education, humor, music, and adventure that stands as proud as the American spirit it celebrates. For the inventive lead story, The Scrambled States of America, the state-shapes come to life – complete with regional accents – and switch places with other states to learn about the various parts of the country. Although it simply shows the pages of the book it’s based on, This Land is Your Land features Arlo Guthrie doing a rousing version of the song his father (Woody) made famous. The book inspired by Francis Scott Key’s The Star Spangled Banner comes to life with none other than Aretha Franklin’s royal rendition (complete with an extra verse not usually heard). Added features include two more wonderful books – John Henry, as read by Samuel L. Jackson, and Johnny Appleseed – show the American folklore side of our history and a documentary detailing the background of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” A worthwhile compilation of informative and inspirational stories.
Gregory Keer   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Gregory Keer is a writer, teacher, and father of three boys. Gregg's web site is www.familymanonline.com

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