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Bink & Gollie...and More Stories About Friendship

Bink & Gollie...and More Stories About Friendship

Fall 2013 DVD
Ages: 4 - 9 yrs.
Producer: New Video
DVD Price: $14.95

Scholastic Storybook Treasures presents Bink & Gollie…and More Stories About Friendship, a collection of four award-winning children’s stories plus absorbing bonus features, adding up to more than 35 minutes of viewing. Each story promotes friendship, respect, cooperation and problem-solving.

Two stories focus on unlikely friendships. In the title story Bink and Gollie, two very different girls find common ground to maintain their quirky friendship. And in The Other Side, young viewers explore the more serious subject of segregation as two children challenge stereotypes and build a bond.

In A Sick Day for Amos McGee, Amos’ day off gets interrupted by some unexpected visitors from the zoo. And in Cat and Canary, the title characters find new ways to play while their human is out of the house.

The animation styles in each story are very different, but they all stay true to the spirit of the original hard-copy children’s books. Some include complete animations, while others cleverly pan the pages of the storybook art and animate only small details of the characters or scenery. Music is thoughtfully chosen to support the stories without overshadowing them, and narrator voice talent is top-notch, including actors David de Vries and Kate Micucci.

This DVD includes a read-along option as well as bonus interviews with some of the authors and illustrators. Recommended for children ages 4 to 9, each story in this collection is so inventive that children outside of the suggested age range are likely to be captivated by them too, and even parents will be happy to snuggle on the couch and watch with the kids.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2013 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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