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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble... and More Magical Tales (Scholastic Video Collection)

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SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE (By William Steig) Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, he makes a wish that brings unexpected results. Narrated by John Lithgow. Caldecott Medal Book POSSUM MAGIC (By Mem Fox, Illustrated by Julie Vivas) Grandma Poss needs a certain food for a magical mix that will make Hush visible again. The two set on a journey to find the magic ingredient, but will they ever find what they are looking for? Narrated by author Mem Fox with music by Yothu Yindi. PRINCESS FURBALL (By Charlotte Huck, Illustrated by Anita Lobel) A cruel King intends to marry his daughter to an ogre in exchange for wagons full of silver. When the princess learns of her father's plan, she is horrified. Can the princess escape her terrible fate? DVD Features BONUS STORIES: "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" (Spanish) by William Steig, "The Wizard" by Jack Kent

Special Features

  • Stories: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (by William Steig, narrated by John Lithgow), Possum Magic (written and narrated by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas, music by Yothu Yindi), Princess Furball (by Charlotte Huck, illustrated by Anita Lobel)
  • Bonus story: The Wizard by Jack Kent
  • Spanish version of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  • Auto-play

Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000742G1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By The Invisible Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 27, 2006
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We like the Scholastics video collections. We have watched quite a few of them, and my estimation of where this particular video falls, is somewhere in the middle of pack. Not my children's' favorite, nor one of the one's they avoid.

In watching this video, the one surprise we encountered was that we didn't really care for John Lithgow's narration of "Sylvester and the Magic Stone. We have heard this story read on Between the Lions, and expected Mr. Lithgow to do a rip-roaring job - but that wasn't the case. Go figure.

HOWEVER, to make up for this mediocre performance Scholastic let Mem Fox read her own stories. And what a joy. In fact, we liked these video versions of "Possum Magic" and "Princess Furball" better than we liked the books! [How often does THAT happen - that the movie is better than the book?!]

Mem Fox simply does a lovely job. `Princess Furball' was captivating; and Possum Magic was. [Magic, that is.]

The bonus video is the "Magician" which my children have seen before on other Scholastic videos. They never seem to tire of watching it. It's an oldie but a goodie.

Four Stars. [B-]. Not the best of the Scholastic Video's but a solid performer.
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I use William Steig books in my therapy sessions as a Speech and Language Pathologist in two public schools. I find his books charming, humorous, and full of good language for instruction in vocabulary and grammar. The fact that his books are really good fun makes them prime for painfree teaching and learning.

I love this video of The Magic Pebble. The priceless expressions on all the animals faces as the story progresses never gets old. Especially on Mr. and Mrs. Duncan's faces after Sylvester is refound. I can't help grinning and Mrs. Duncan's silly expression and body language!

This DVD is worth every penny!
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This is a video of some stories that also come in book form. The video is exactly the same as the stories. The stories are timeless and teach valuable lessons. My grandchildren love the video.
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This scholastic collection is great. My kids love the stories and get encouraged to read the book. This was a story that I personnally never read but the children were drawn to it. I like the fact that the actors try to make the characters sound different and exciting.
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