Enchanting Christmas Stories (BookBox) English-Mandarin Chinese
BookBox makes learning fun! Conceived by child literacy expert Dr. Brij Kothari and his team, at Stanford University, BookBox Stories entertain children and improve their reading skills at the same time. Using scientifically tested SLS (same language subtitling), children will improve their listening comprehension, reading skills and foreign language skills by watching these enchanting stories about Christmas and the holiday spirit. BookBox is a new DVD series uses Same Language Subtitling (SLS) synchronizing the text, audio and visual components of a story shown on screen or reading Karaoke style. SLS is the simple idea of subtitling music videos, film, television and DVDs in the same language as the audio. Word for word, what is heard is what will be read on screen. BookBox Enchanting Christmas Stories is a compilation of five short animated films featuring SLS, which has been proven to aid early readers in developing their reading skills. The stories will be available in numerous different languages on different discs. Enchanting animation, dramatic vocalization, beautiful music and easy-to-follow on-screen text come together to provide hours of viewing fun! BookBox Enchanting Christmas Stories is a compilation of five short animated films featuring SLS, which has been proven to aid early readers in developing their reading skills. The stories will be available in numerous different languages on different discs. Enchanting animation, dramatic vocalization, beautiful music and easy-to-follow on-screen text come together to provide hours of viewing fun! Stories on Enchanting Christmas Stories are: The First Christmas The star of Bethlehem recounts how on the first Christmas Eve, the angels came and requested him to shine with all his brightness to lead the three kings through the desert to meet baby Jesus. The Greatest Treasure Peter stumbles upon a treasure map and decides to seek it out, meeting several animals along the way who join him on his quest. Together, they defy the obstacles in their way, find the prize and realize that the greatest treasure of all is friendship. Tucket the Bucket Tucket, a gardeners favorite bucket, develops a hole, is tossed aside and rusts after a rainstorm. One day, a little girl discovers him, cleans the rust off and places a rose plant inside. Tucket takes care of the rose bud, making him the happiest bucket in the world. The Elves and the Shoemaker A poor cobbler and his wife are aided by two elves who, during the nights, secretly craft several exquisite pairs of shoes. Soon, they become quite well known in town for their innovative designs. In the true spirit of the season, they show their thanks and appreciation by stitching the elves warm clothing and a pair of shoes for Christmas. Santas Christmas Oh, no, the usual hustle and bustle of preparing presents is gone as Santa has fallen ill! Children come to visit and offer him gifts, proving the true meaning of Christmas is wrapped up in love and kindness. BookBox Enchanting Christmas Stories are available in English only, English/Spanish, English/French, English/German, English/Italian, and English/Mandarin Chinese. In the beginning of the program, you will be asked to choose a language. You can choose Chinese and read the story in Chinese. There is an additional option to also display English while Chinese is being read. This is a great way to learn many languages. A portion of proceeds from the sale of BookBox DVDs will be donated to PlanetRead.org, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reading and literacy development around the world.
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Top customer reviews
These stories are absolutely beautiful! If I could give more than 5 stars I would truly do so. The text, music, animation are done superbly. The DVD menus are elegant and easy to navigate. The characters felt so real I felt I could touch them on the screen. All narratives carry a very positive message, being very sensitive to culture.
More so, the stories appealed to both the child and the adult in me. I wish BookBox had existed when I was growing up -- it would been a blessing for someone who craved a deeper connection to other languages, other cultures, and to my own family.
Indeed, parents and children will find these stories are a wonderful way of connecting with each other. Educators will find the audio and subtitles in different languages help in reinforcing literacy and language. This is based on proven models as BookBox has evolved from a mass literacy project developed by Dr. Kothari.
And for those that feel $14.95 is expensive -- give it a chance. I had similar thoughts but after checking the DVDs I felt it was very fair as I was getting high quality. To me, this is the standard price for a DVD and worth it, considering I can keep and cherish for a long time.
A little background to put my words in context -- I am 27 years old and am fully trilingual, having grown up in India and Brazil. I have known BookBox since the beginning and believe in their mission of promoting literacy and culture in a fun way. I have donated time, energy and financial support to them and will be gifting these treasured DVDs to children in my life.
I first discovered Bookbox products while living in China and searching for high quality educational materials that would help my young daughter (then 4 years old) learn the language. Their "anibooks" remain some of the best products I've found - daughter still loves to watch them after over two years now. It is so helpful to be able to see subtitles in either language (in our case, English/Chinese)- sometimes I will turn off the sound entirely and "read" the English subtitles to my duaghter so she can learn the stories. Most of the time, however, she is very happy to listen to the story in Mandarin and is gradually picking up the language along the way. Beyond the excellent quality of the graphics and the audio (the Mandarin narrator is very clear and easy to understand), I love the multicultural, gentle nature of the stories themselves. Even if you try to limit "screen time" as we do, you can feel good about the time your child spends reading/watching this dvd. Finally, the dvds support a great cause - promoting literacy worldwide.