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Knuffle Bunny . . . and More Great Childhood Adventure Stories (DVD)

Various Authors
Scholastic Storybook Treasures

902 Broadway FL 9
New York, NY 10010

Great stories! Cute DVD! Scholastic's Storybook Treasures DVD entitled Knuffle Bunny . . . and More Great Childhood Adventure Stories is a treasure for children ages two to eight. These six classic children's books will bring smiles to the faces of your little ones.

Caldecott Honor Book Knuffle Bunny starts the DVD on the right foot, but five other great selections follow right along: Shrinking Violet by Cari Best, Possum Magic by Mem Fox, Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert, Brave Irene by William Steig, and Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen. Watching all six books in one sitting will take just over an hour. But you are able to easily pick and choose the stories you wish to watch from the menu if you'd rather not see them all at once.

If your child is a beginning reader, you will appreciate the option of turning on a read-along function for the first four stories. Sentences come up on the screen, and as the narrator speaks, the words are highlighted so your child can follow along. I loved this feature and used it as often as I could with my emerging reader. I think he would have preferred not to have the words across the screen, but it made me feel better to think that sitting in front of the TV was at least a little educational!

I was especially impressed that the actual illustrations from the books were "brought to life" on the screen. In most of the stories, the characters moved around, as opposed to just having the still pages from the book come on screen. Even with the extra movement, the integrity of the original illustrations and story line were never compromised. Don't expect to see animation like you might find on the Cartoon Network. The animations are more true to the original illustrations of the book, with some actions added.

Each book has a different narrator, and I found them all to be pleasing to hear. Along with the narration, there is music and/or background noise.

My children enjoyed most of the stories very much. They love books, so this was just an extension of having me read to them. Because they are older, there were a couple of books that didn't appeal to them. "Too babyish," I was told. This explains why the age recommendation is so broad. Two-year-olds will really enjoy some of the stories, while eight-year-olds may enjoy others.

Who can pass up a good book? Whether reading them, listening to them on tape, or watching them on DVD, a good book is to be enjoyed. And that we did with these six DVD stories!

Product review by Cindy West, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, November 2007

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