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Knuffle Bunny...And More Great Childhood Adventure Stories

Knuffle Bunny...And More Great Childhood Adventure Stories

Spring 2008 DVD
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
Producer: New Video
DVD Price: $14.95
Review:
Scholastic Inc. and Weston Woods offer new treasures of children's literature with their enviable DVD collections of older gems every family can afford. This is another winner, featuring Mo Willem's Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. Before toddler Trixie could even speak a word, she helped her daddy with chores like going to the laundromat. With her faithful stuffed Knuffle Bunny clutched in her arms, colorful cartoon Trixie and Daddy walk from black-and-white photographs of the house, the park, and the school, to the laundry. Unbeknown to them, Knuffle Bunny gets tangled in the dirty clothes and thrown into the washer. It isn't until the walk home that Trixie realizes her friend is missing. "Aggle flaggle klabble!" she tells her father. Daddy doesn't understand and continues walking, with Trixie alternately crying, "going boneless," and then screaming hysterically. At home Mommy realizes Knuffle Bunny is missing. In a panic the whole family retraces the route to the laundry. After a manful search among the wet clothes, Daddy finally succeeds and Trixie says her first words: "KNUFFLE BUNNY!" With appealing, laugh-out-loud funny animation in places, this jazz-spiced tale of lost treasure is one most children and parents can relate to. (The DVD has an extra treat for fans of the book, with big-girl Trixie and Daddy reading the book together.) Other popular stories here are Carl Best's "Shrinking Violet," Lois Ehlert's glorious gardening book "Planting a Rainbow," William Steig's beautifully written "Brave Irene" (which my four-year old son really likes) and Mirian Cohen's "Will I Have A Friend?" the classic tale for children about to start kindergarten.
Reilly Reagan   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Reilly Reagan, M.L.S. is a librarian and teacher currently working as a full-time mom. She has been reviewing media since 1991, writing for Library Journal and Video Librarian magazines. Her eight-year old and five-year-old sons enjoy helping with critiques.

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