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Treasury of 25 Storybook Classics: Fairytales, Magic...and More!

Treasury of 25 Storybook Classics: Fairytales, Magic...and More!

Fall 2009 DVD
Ages: 3 - 9 yrs.
Producer: New Video
DVD Price: $29.95
Review:
Wonderful stories and stunning artwork by Caldecott Medal and Honor winners like Paul Zelinsky. Jerry Pinkney, and Tomie de Paola are combined with beautiful music and big-name narrators (Ossie Davis, Kathy Bates, John Lithglow, F. Murray Abraham, Danny Glover) to create another "must have" DVD collection for parents, teachers, and librarians. The "James Marshall Fairytale Collection" disc includes Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Space Case. "The Hans Christian Andersen Collection" has The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Match Girl, Nightingale, The Red Shoes, and The Swineherd. "Rapunzel and More Classic Fairy Tales" features Rapunzel, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Lon Po Po, The Talking Eggs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Princess Furball. "Strega Nona and More Stories About Magic" includes Strega Nona (Spanish version included), Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Spanish version included), The Stone Cutter, The Amazing Bone, and Teeny-Tiny and the Witch Woman. A feature which the producers seem to be proud of is the "read along" option, to make the DVDs more book-like. However, not all emergent readers will like them or appreciate the help. Hopefully seeing these wonderful books on DVD will interest children in borrowing the paper version from the library or requesting one for a special gift, so they can hold the beautiful images and interesting words in their very own hands. Be sure to check the individual titles against collections you may already have, for some have been released by Scholastic before. Still, this is a bargain price for so many great tales.
Reilly Reagan   ©2009 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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