Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Tikki Tikki Tembo...and More stories

My family loves movies and we recently started up movie night in our house. Normally I get the latest Disney movie but since my daughter is heading to preschool this fall I wanted to move more towards movies that have an educational bend or more of a focus on reading. What better movies to watch than those from Scholastic. We all love scholastic books and know how much they support early reading! Recently I was able to review a Scholastic Storybook Treasure DVD that focused on diversity. Here's a little bit more about it:



This is a unique collection of six best-selling, award-winning stories that all focus on the Asian culture. The six stories included are: 

TIKKI TIKKI TEMBO (Writeen by Arlene Mosel, illustrated by Blair Lent) This Chinese folktale explains why great long names are no longer chosen for their childdren.

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).

Win it: I have a copy of this awesome DVD to give away to one of my lucky readers. It will begin on April 26 and end on May 10. It is open to the US only. The winner will be chosen via random.org and notified by email. They will then have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Just leave a comment to enter.

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Disclosure: This review item and giveaway item were provided to me at no charge by the company in exchange for a fair and honest review. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid nor compensated in any other way.

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