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The Night Before Christmas...and More Classic Holiday Tales (Scholastic Storybook Treasures) (2008)

Alfre Woodard , Scholastic  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alfre Woodard
  • Directors: Scholastic
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B1Q3EY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,476 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Collect the entire library of Scholastic Storybook Treasures and read along on screen with your favorite classic children s stories, brought vividly to life on DVD.

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (By Clement Clark Moore, Illustrated by Ruth Sanderson, Narrated by Anthony Edwards) The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and soon St. Nicholas will be there.

IN THE MONTH OF KISLEY (By Nina Jaffe, Illustratred by Louise August, Narrated by Theodore Bikel) A wealthy, arrogant merchant learns the true meaning of Hanukkah when he takes the family of a poor peddler to court for savoring the smell of his family's potato pancakes.

SEVEN CANDLES FOR KWANZAA (By Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney, Narrated by Alfre Woodard) This unique holiday commemorates the strength of family ties, respect for ancestors, commitment to the growth of community, and gratitude for life's bounties.

TOO MANY TAMALES (By Gary Soto, Illustrated by Ed Martinez, Narrated by Blancha Camacho) Maria feels very grown-up helping make Christmas dinner, until she realizes that she may have lost her mother s ring in one of the tamales!

MAX S CHRISTMAS (Written and Illustrated by Rosemary Wells, Narrated by Jenny Agutter & Rex Robbins) Max is told that he can't stay up to see Santa, but he sneaks down anyway. Will Santa still come if Max is awake?

MORRIS S DISAPPEARING BAG (Written and Illustrated by Rosemary Wells) Morris thinks his brother and sisters have better Christmas presents. But inside the last box under the tree he finds a magical gift that makes all his troubles disappear.

THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY (By Katherine Davis, Henry Oronati & Harry Simeone, Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, Narrated by John Jennings) Joyful drumming and glowing illustrations combine to celebrate the nativity.

DVD Features: Spanish Version of Too Many Tamales

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Night Before Christmas December 10, 2011
This is just for The Night Before Christmas.

Based on the short story/poem T'was The Night Before Christmas, the charming little tale was broadcast on network television in December of 1968-a year full of much tumult. Riots, war, assassinations and all that. Clarks animated piece really brings the warmth and a Christmas "glow" if you will right to your home. Simple yet thought provoking, it's about a little girl who gets pneumonia right at the holiday in the 19th century. Her dad rushes home from a business meeting to be at her bedside and reads to his girl the poem he just wrote, T'was The Night Before Christmas.

The animation is superb with lot's of detail in the drawing. And if the music and songs don't give you a lift, then, well watch it again.
It's just a tiny bit jazzy in it's composition and form with beautiful arrangements.

It is a short film that you'll want to cuddle in your lap, and maybe get a little misty as well...

They just don't make 'em like this anymore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice, child-appropriate January 30, 2013
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It looks like the animations on this dvd were mostly made from original illustrations for the books the work was drawn from. So the feel of the video is high-quality and very much like the books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! January 8, 2013
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I read the book every xmas to my daughter and i thought this would give her some visuals to go along with the poem! Very nice!
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