Scholastic Storybook Treasures: Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics (Thinpak Packaging)
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Parents will be thrilled to find well-respected works of literature that have endured the test of time ' Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, and H.A. Rey's Curious George Rides a Bike are only a very small sampling of well-loved tales that are found in this collection.
Newer inclusions in the set include Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., Max's Words by Kate Banks (a new family treasure), andDiary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin. This is such an eclectic collection of animated stories that there is something here for everyone. Animation ranges from pans over the original picture book pages in The Five Chinese Brothers by Clare Huchet Bishop, to full-blown modern animation in Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, to live-action shorts in Frog Goes to Dinner based on Mercer Mayer's book of the same title. Likewise the production age of the shorts range from the '70s through to recent years.
Divided into sixteen separate DVDs, each represents a thematic collection of stories. For example, the Diary of a Spider DVD also includes other 'critter stories', one about a mouse, another about a 'tadpole', one about a frog, and the other, a termite. Other DVDs include the work of specific authors, the Where the Wild Things AreDVD includes six animated shorts from Maurice Mendak, and the Ezra Jack Keats Collection includes seven stories from ' you guessed it- Ezra Jack Keats.Read more ›
I was disappointed by the organization. Yes. The stories artre all clearly listed on the box in alphabetical order, but they're hard to find on the DVDs because they're not organized in any particular way per DVD set.
For example. I LOVE Courduroy. They probably could have included the live action movie along with the two cartoon versions that more closely resemble the books. Instead.. they put a book called "Yo! Yes?" on the DVD... That starts out with two kids throwing a ball back and forth saying and one saying "You? ... .... .... " pointing to himself and tossing the ball and the other one responding "You? ... ... ...." ...... hmmmm... not so educational. Not so interesting. Kind of a waste of space on the DVD. This particular DVD also has "Here Comes the Cat!" -- which I had never heard of.
While skimming the DVDS, I thought I was getting jipped. 3-4 stories on each of the 16 DVDs doesn't really come up to 100. Thats when I noticed they were counting sories they put in the DVD features as a special. I thought the features area was supposed to be for author comentaries... actual extras.. ?? Then.. The best part of this is that you actually only get 90 stories. 10 are also available in Spanish. If you're not learning spanish.. Given that most DVDs currently come in English and Spanish--- This was a little disappointing. AND misleading. I think that's why I couldn't find a list of stories included ANYWHERE.
The "read along" is really just captions. You can turn them on yourself.Read more ›
If I had to pick one favorite out of this whole set, it would be Meryl Streep reading _Chrysanthemum_. She is absolutely perfect. She really 'gets' kids, and she knows, probably from direct experience, how fragile and impressionable children can be. The set is worth it to me to hear her read that one story.
I do not believe that these can help kids learn to read, though. And I would be remiss to advise parents to substitute real reading with these. What we like to do is to read the stories before the DVD and then read an additional story afterward. One more warning...Simms Taback could become your very next favorite author and illustrator. He is very clever, and the colors and collages are bright and stimulating.
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Some stories are not very good and I don't consider them classics. About 20 worthwhile storiesPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer9250
My kids loved it. They have watched every single title on the DVDs multiple times. Watching / reading these story books is way better than watching cartoons and movies. Read morePublished 6 months ago by K.W.
Great product. However, we did not go through them all. There are just too many stories.Published 12 months ago by Luci
This is a great collection of scholastic. I like having a variety to choose from and the kids love it. There is a good variety of books and the illustrations are different too. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jane Blow
The animated part is pretty simple, some stories are pretty old, I will say it is a 'story teller' version instead of real animation. Good for small ones to learn some stories.Published 16 months ago by H. Ma
I ordered this set specifically because other reviews indicated that it included Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, which was my husband's favorite story growing up. Read morePublished 17 months ago by PayItForward