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Goodnight Moon...and More Great Bedtime Stories

Goodnight Moon...and More Great Bedtime Stories

Fall 2010 DVD
Ages: 2 - 9 yrs.
Producer: New Video

This 36-minute DVD is presented by Scholastic Storybook Treasures is a charming bedtime companion for young children, whether they're hearing-impaired orjust interested in learning American Sign Language for the Deaf.

Three children's stories - including the classic Goodnight Moon - are beautifully rendered and the original artwork is subtly animated as an interpreter on screen performs the stories in American Sign Language. A narrator also reads the story in voice-over, and the words themselves appear on the screen so can kids can read along. Gentle music accompanies the storytelling, rounding out an experience that's simultaneously intriguing and soothing for little viewers.

In addition to Goodnight Moon, this DVD includes A Creature Was Stirring, a Christmas poem by Carter Goodrich; and Gladys Goes Out to Lunch, a story by Derek Anderson about a gorilla who leaves the zoo in pursuit of something that smells delicious.

DVD extras include games and quizzes; and, a very useful vocabulary list broken down by story. Most of them are common sight-words taught to beginning readers and here, a narrator spells each word aloud while a close-up shot of a hand demonstrates how the letter is formed in American Sign Language. Another bonus feature includes an on-screen interpreter demonstrating the entire American Sign Language alphabet.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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