Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Review: My First Collection Featuring Splat the Cat DVDs

I'm a new fan of Scholastic storybook Treasures DVDs. They are perfect for preschool and Kindergarten children. Not only do they promote reading but they are visual movies of some of our favorite classic children's books. I already read to my children but being a former educator I understand that it is important to try various teaching methods to help children learn. Remember, not all children learn the same way. Some are visual, some are verbal, some need to read it, etc.



So today, May 10, 2011, Scholastic has released their latest addition to the Storybook Treasures collection: My First Collection Featuring Splat the Cat! This collection debuts the “My First” series, an exciting new line of DVDs created specifically to support early literacy skills and a love of reading in the pre- and early reader.  The debut release, MY FIRST COLLECTION FEATURING SPLAT THE CAT is a 3-DVD set featuring 14 stories, beautifully adapted from the book versions that, together, have won more than 15 awards, including the Caldecott Medal, NAPPA Gold, and American Library Association Notable Books.

The DVD includes: 

  • SPLAT THE CAT…AND OTHER FURRY FRIENDS – Features four beautifully adapted stories led by the title tale from best-selling author/illustrator Rob Scotton (“Splat” and “Russell the Sheep” series).  In “Splat the Cat”, the first day of school is always tough so Splat brings his mouse pal, Seymour, along.  However, Splat quickly learns that cats are supposed to chase mice!  Other entertaining stories include “Hondo & Fabian”, “Picnic” and Leo Lionni’s “Leo the Late Bloomer”. Celebrity narrators include Tim Curry and Mary Beth Hurt, and the DVD also includes an interview with Splat the Cat Author/Illustrator Scotton.

  • THE STORY ABOUT PING…AND OTHER FINE FEATHERED FRIENDSStories include the timeless classic “The Story About Ping” in which a young duck gets separated from his family, meets a new friend and sets off on a series of exciting adventures together as they search for Ping’s family. Four additional award-winning stories are featured, including “Goose”, “The Most Wonderful Egg in the World”, “Duck on Bike” and “Rosie’s Walk”. As an added bonus, the DVD also contains a Spanish Language version of “The Story of Ping”.
  • THE NAPPING HOUSE…AND OTHER STORIES THAT RHYME – This delightful new DVD featuring narrators such as Catherine O’Hara (SCTV) and “Bear Snores On” author/illustrator, Karma Wilson, highlights “The Napping House” from Don and Audrey Wood.  In this beloved classic, Granny and all the critters in her house pile on her bed for a nap...until a little flea causes a big stir!  Other stories include “Each Peach Pear Plum”, “Drummer Hoff”, “Bear Snores On”, “Wild About Books”.
 My Take: My kids love these DVDs. The best part for me is that there are 3 separate discs full of great stories. So far the kids love Splat the best. They always ask to watch the "cat" movie. I think it's because it's the one they can relate to the most. Both just started daycare a few weeks ago and they love that Splat is just starting school too. I honestly think it has really helped my 2 year old who has been having issues of going to "school". 

My favorite part of the DVDs is the read along option. If you turn this on you are able to let the kids read along with the narrator as the words are highlighted at the bottom of the screen. How wonderful is that? Although my kids aren't able to read they are getting the beginning skills of following along and seeing the words as they are read. After working in an Elementary school and helping to teach a reading class I personally know how important following along can be. I also love the choice of stories. They have many of the stories that I already read to the kids like: Leo the Late Bloomer and The Napping House. 

Buy it: This collection is available today at the SRP of $24.95. Aside from being part of the MY FIRST COLLECTION set, each of the DVDs which also include Scholastic’s innovative Read Along function, will also be available individually for $12.95srp.

Disclosure: This item was provided to me at no cost 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.  

1 comment:

  1. This looks like a nice collection. Although I'm not familiar with the stories, I'm sure if they are from Scholastic, they are very good.

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