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Harry the Dirty Dog & More Terrific Tails (Scholastic Video Collection)
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- Three stories: Harry the Dirty Dog (by Gene Zion), Officer Buckle and Gloria (by Peggy Rathmann, narrated by John Lithgow), and Angus and the Ducks (by Marjorie Flack, narrated by Debby Boone)
- Three full-length bonus stories: The Beast of Monsieur Racine (by Tomi Ungerer), 14 Rats and a Rat-Catcher (by James Cressey & illustrated by Tasmin Cole), John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat (by Jenny Wahner & illustrated by Ron Brooks)
Top Customer Reviews
Harry the Dirty Dog is about a small white dog with black spots. One day he get so dirty that he becomes a black dog with white spots and finally agrees to a bath. Nicely done and narrated. Very close to the original story.
Officer Buckle and Gloria is about a safety conscious police man who finally manages to get his message across with the help of the talented police dog Gloria. John Lithgow dos a great job with this one. The story includes a scene of Officer Buckle testing Gloria's training. Otherwise it is right on with the book.
Angus and the Ducks is about a curious Scottie who finally finds out what is making the quackity quack noises on the other side of the hedge. This one is live action and includes Angus with his siblings and being taken to his new home, walks in the park and other small differences from the original book.
The Beast of Monsieur Racine is about a champion pear-grower who finds a mysterious beast in his garden one night and stuns the scientific community. I am not familiar with the book but found the narration choppy and the animation crude.
14 Rats and a Rat-Catcher is a two-sided story about an old lady in her cottage and the rats that live underneath (or the rats' cottage and the horrible lady who lives above). Another book I am not familiar with but nicely done.
John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat is about an old lady, her jealous sheep dog and a cat that visits the garden at night. Another book I do not know. The animation was a series of stills (no actual movement anywhere in the story).
I bought this one as the three main stories are all favorites in the family.
The narrations are first-rate and slowly paced so that you can easily read along and turn pages as you watch.
I highly recommend this and the other video (the one with Good Night Gorilla, which is just as excellent) to any parent or educator in search of a way to enhance and enrich a child's reading experience. Research has shown that children who hear words and see them at the same time can improve their reading abilities--and this is a FUN way to do this!
Bottom line: Come for the Harry the Dirty Dog, stay for the rest!
I'm so happy to have found these and plan to buy more from the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cute story about Harry. I used it to teach my class to learn about problem and solution.Published 13 months ago by Varian Thomas
It was a replacement for a one stepped on. A favorite!Published on July 7, 2014 by Janet Fraidstern
it was everything i expected. arrived as expected, very enjoyable by all the kids and adults alike, we sill surely recommend it.Published on April 25, 2013 by carla r. ostrem
this is a great movie and the kids love it. They watch Harry alot and really enjoy it. Good family fun.Published on January 3, 2013 by N. Rach
I am very pleased with this great DVD especially since it has great stories for children, and teachers, like me, can use it in the classroom. It was a great buy!Published on December 21, 2012 by Marta Cree
This is a "you don't have to worry about the contents" sweet video with three cute stories
I am an Officer Buckles fan and this is well done.