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First Snow in the Woods: The Movie

First Snow in the Woods: The Movie

Spring 2011 DVD
Ages: 4 - 11 yrs.
Producer: Sisbro Studios
DVD Price: $19.95

Nature lovers will delight in this video-version of First Snow in the Woods, the best-selling children's book by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick. You'll be treated to a reading of this lovely book and much more.

This 30-minute film cleverly weaves the book into a longer and original storyline featuring a worrywart Scarecrow who watches the woodland animals get ready for winter. Scarecrow resigns himself to another lonely winter stored away in the barn, until a wise-guy crow and a sincere mouse teach him that change, while maybe unsettling, isn't necessarily bad.

Stunning animal and nature footage and still photography blend with the Scarecrow's plot, a live-action feat of photography with humor and charm to spare. The animals take on real personalities thanks to amusing voice-overs, clever editing, and smart cinematography. Dialogue is witty, the sight-gags are amusing, the music is memorable-and it pays off with the happiest of happy endings!

Special DVD bonuses include a Behind-the-Scenes feature, providing a fascinating glimpse of the patience and technical expertise required for nature photography. Another DVD bonus features knock-knock jokes sure to be a hit with elementary-aged viewers.

First Snow in the Woods: The Movie is quite an accomplishment thanks to spectacular visuals and brilliant editing.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2011 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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