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Strega Nona... and More Caldecott Award-Winning Folk Tales (Scholastic Video Collection) (2004)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: June 29, 2004
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023TG78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Stories: Strega Nona (by Tomie DePaola), Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (by Simms Taback), Stone Soup (by Marcia Brown)
  • Bonus story: The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (by Katherine Patterson)
  • Spanish versions of "Strega Nona" and "Stone Soup"
  • Read-along

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (new Video Release Date: 06/29/2004 Run time: 63 minutes Rating: Nr

Scholastic continues its well-crafted video adaptations of award-winning children's picture books in this trio of classic folktales. Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona tells the tale of an old, eccentric witch and her magical cooking pot that provides a hearty lesson for a young lad. Simms Taback writes, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, the endearing fable of a kindly man and his beloved coat, both of which take on new life as they age--providing the delightful reminder that you can make something from nothing. Finally, Marcia Brown's tale of three savvy soldiers has charmed readers for more than a quarter century. Stone Soup is the ingenuous concoction of these soldiers when they visit a town bringing nothing but wits to feast on. Each story is an animated replica of its printed predecessor. The collection also includes a bonus story and the option to read along or hear a couple of the stories in Spanish. (Ages 3 to 10) --Lynn Gibson

Customer Reviews

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic adaptation of Strega Nona! September 28, 2004
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Because my son (who is actually only 15 months old, much younger than the age recommendation) loves the Scholastic Where the Wild Things Are DVD, we decided to try another Scholastic Video. We both couldn't be more pleased. The story is simply animated and is accompanied by charming music. The narrator's voice is perfect and the adaptation of the story very close to the original. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is also well done, but Stone Soup, because of the sparse illustrations (just black line drawings with a little red) and lack of animation, is not quite as enjoyable. I look forward to more DVDs from this collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD misses the best part of the book January 25, 2006
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I read the Stega Nona series to my 10 year old when he was little and relished sharing it again with my 3-year-old. The first book, Strega Nona, was the best of the series and when we saw this DVD adaptation, we were very excited to watch. However, the story misses singing or even reading the "pasta pot" song. This was the best part of our reading and my kids enjoyed singing it with me during story hour. The video brings to life a wonderful story, but misses our favorite part of the book. Great alternative to Dora, but will not replace story time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strega Nona & more Caldecott Folk Tales February 6, 2014
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What a nice surprise. All scholastic videos I have are great & this one included 3 stories I was unfamiliar with.including Princess Furball & Possum Magic. I enjoyed them so much I purchased the books. A pure delight & I learned that Princess Furball is an old "Cinderella" tale. I love the Grandma in "Posuum Magic" nice to see a tale about a grandchild & grandma...Excellent artwork & narration as well. Of course, Strega Nona complimented the book very well. I highly recommend this for age 3 to 99!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My students loved this story.....beautifully narrated December 30, 2012
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This has always been one of my favorites in storytelling for kids......a moral lesson is told with great humor.
I highly recommend this video.
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