Swimmy... and More Classic Leo Lionni Stories (Scholastic Video Collection)
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There are quite a lot of short stories on this one. Swimmy, Frederick, Fish is Fish, It's Mine! and Cornelius are all Leo Lionni stories. They all have similar artwork, which is very colorful and stunning. The animation is great. In Swimmy, some of the fish almost sparkle and are psychedelic-like. I hear lots of oohs and aahs. It's very nice to watch and my 4 year old enjoys the stories.
The bonus stories are Each Peach, Pear, Plum (which is kind of a look and find story with no animation. I'm not too crazy that there is a witch in the story), Hush Little Baby (no animation and it's not read but sung) and my daughter's absolute favorite, Let's Give Kitty a Bath. This one is live-action with no dialog. She could watch this Kitty story over and over and over (the other day she did). I admit, it is quite cute.
After watching this dvd just one time I ordered it on-line immediately. I know we'll enjoy having it as part of our Scholastic collection. A real winner!
For example, in <Fredrick>, all the mice work hard to store up food for the winter, and they critize Fredrick for not helping. Fredrick, who seems to be lost in his own world, replies "I AM working". He is gathering the warmth of the sun rays, the colors of the flowers and the magic of words. As the cold of the winter confines the mouse family to their little den in the rock wall, their food supplies begin to run low, the other mice ask Fredirick about the things he has storied up for winter. To their delight, Fredick shares the the sunlight and colors and words with them in a vivid and personal way. Fredrick becomes a poet. And he knows it!
This is a lovely DVD, but I must add, that I DO NOT think it should replace Leonini's books. The reason that I think that, is because READING picture books like these TOGETHER is a very, very important activity for parents and their children. Nothing can replace the experience that families share when their small children sit on their laps to hear the story in their own parents' voice, read especially for them. I recommend that you buy the books, too, or check them out from the library. The DVD can supplement this. It would also be nice to play for a group of toddlers or pre-schoolers.
This brings me to the point of the three "bonus" picture stories.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just as I remembered from my kids' younger days. Great DVD for young viewers--gentle, sweet stories.Published 15 months ago by L. Havens
I loved it when a kid, my kids adored it, and now my grandchildren are enjoying it. Truly a classic that holds up through the years, with his wonderful artwork and the simple but... Read morePublished 21 months ago by bookalot23
As an elementary art teacher, I use Leo Lionni stories to motivate young children often. These videos are well done, especially with the words filling in as the narrator speaks. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Annette B. Coan
Beautifully illustrated. The language is simple enough for a young child and the message is anything but babyish.Published on April 30, 2009 by Albert E.