This is a unique collection of six best-selling, award-winning stories that all focus on the Asian culture. The six stories included are:
THE TALE OF THE MANDARIN DUCKS (Written by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon, narrated by B. D. Wong) A compassionate couple risks their lives to reunite a pair of Mandarin ducks.
GRANDFATHER’S JOURNEY (Written and illustrated by Allen Say, narrated by B. D. Wong) A touching story about Grandfather’s travels from Japan to the United States and back again.
THE STONECUTTER (Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott) Tasaku is a lowly stonecutter who longs for more power in this Japanese folk tale.
LON PO PO: A RED-RIDING HOOD STORY FROM CHINA (Written and illustrated by Ed Young, narrated by B. D. Wong) This Asian version of the classic fairytale brings lessons about strangers, trust, and courage.
SAM AND THE LUCKY MONEY (Written by Karen Chinn, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, narrated by Ming-Na Wen) On Chinese New Year Sam meets a stranger who helps him make the perfect decision on how to spend his lucky money.
My Take: Honestly I have mixed feelings about this DVD. I was super excited to see one of my favorite childhood stories used, Tikki Tikki Tembo. However, when I looked over at the kids they weren't that interested. I seriously think it was because it looked more like the book then it did a cartoon. I had read a version of the book to the kids so I know they like the story. They just weren't very happy that there wasn't much "live" action, more of the pages of the book being shown. By the second story they were more interested but by the third they totally left me to watch it alone. I would suggest that you watch one story at a time with your kids. They are just the right length to hold attention and you have the option to choose which story you would like to watch.
Second, I was SUPER pleased with the bonus feature of the read along captioning. From a former educator point of view that was great! The words were at the bottom of the screen and they would light up as they were read. This would be great for a first-third grader who has just started learning to read. You could point out sight words or have them try to read or follow along! Much props to Scholastic for that one.
Overall if you want a cute and educational DVD for your kids I would highly recommend this one!
Buy it: This movie is being released nationwide today April 26, 2011 with a SRP of $14.95. It is 66 minutes long. And don't forget about the bonus feature of the read along captions (can be turned on or off depending on preference).
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