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Swimmy... and More Classic Leo Lionni Stories (Scholastic Video Collection)

4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

SWIMMY: Swimmy meets a group of small fish who are scared to swim in the ocean. Can Swimmy think up with a plan to help the fish? FREDERICK: While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick sits on the stone wall. When the dreary weather comes and the food runs out, it's Frederick who saves the day. FISH IS FISH: When Fish's friend, the tadpole, becomes a frog and leaves the pond to explore the world, Fish decides that maybe he doesn't have to remain in the pond either. What will Fish do? IT’S MINE: Three selfish frogs bicker all day long. It's mine! It's mine! It's mine! But a bad storm and a big brown toad help them realize that sharing is much more fun. CORNELIUS: Unlike other crocodiles, Cornelius walks upright, does tricks and sees things no other crocodile can. What will Cornelius' crocodile friends think? DVD Features BONUS STORIES: "Each Peach, Pear, Plum" By Janet and Allan Ahlberg, "Hush Little Baby" By Aliki Brandenberg, "Let's Give Kitty a Bath"

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Product Details

  • Actors: Leo Lionni
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000742G24
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,413 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After reading these reviews I wanted to watch this and see if I liked it enough to add it to our Scholastic Video Collection. I got it on inter-library loan and I just love it. It's one of my favorite Scholastic Video Collection dvd's.

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!
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I first saw this when I was in the first grade (about 15 years ago...) and it still sticks with me to this day. I loved the animation and narration and I've been searching (for what seems like forever) to find out who made it and if it's still available. Thanks, Amazon!
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Leo Lionni is a master story-teller and illustrater. My children and I loved to read these stories when they were young. Each one has a nice plot, with engaging animals characters, who deal who must deal with and resolve a conflict. Each story turns out nicely, each has a message--simple, but not "preachy". The illustrations are charming and original. I like how colorful and dreamy they are.

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.
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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 attention holding story.
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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. The voice for Frederick is a little lame, but that is a quibble. Children want the stories again and again, and I read aloud the way I think is most meaningful. The video versions are engaging and I will use this many times in my career.
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My 5 year old daughter really likes these, and so do I - the Leo Lionni stories are each like little works of art, and the additional stories are also nice. They all serve well as bedtime movies (as an occasional substitute for a book), being appropriately calming for the end of the day. Her favorite is actually the final movie of the two (real) kids trying to bathe the (real) cat - it is also a little work of art, with no words, just actions, to tell the story.
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