Introducing great books to children while creating a love for
literature is so important. The Rosemary Wells Collection takes
eight of Rosemary Wells's stories and brings them to life on DVD.
This is a fun way to hear and watch old favorite stories. This
collection includes two DVDs, each featuring four different stories.
The main menu of each DVD allows you to choose whether you want
the words to appear at the bottom of the screen. As the story is
read, the words are highlighted from white to blue. There is an
option to watch a Spanish version as well. You can play through
all the stories in a row or select them one at a time.
The stories are animated and very enjoyable to watch. My three-year-old
daughter loved almost every one of them. I wondered at first if
they would be too low key compared to most shows children watch
on television today and therefore bore her, but she wasn't bored.
In fact, they were actually very calming and a nice change of pace.
I found these stories to be quite educational, covering things
like counting and other math skills, character education, science,
geography, history, and much more. I think there is a lot children
would learn from these stories, and because they are animated,
they would be drawn to them and pick up easily on these skills.
My daughter has asked to watch these quite a few times. The "100
Days of School" story is pretty lengthy as it literally talks about
what happens on each of the first 100 days of school. My daughter
did ask when that story was going to be over. This particular one
may be better split up over two viewings. Also something worth
mentioning is that the Max and Ruby characters on these DVDs look
slightly different from what most children would be use to on the
television program. Once my daughter got over the shock of that,
she was fine and loved them.
These DVDs are recommended for ages 2 to 7, but I'm not sure they
would keep a seven-year-old's attention. I would recommend this
collection for preschool aged children. I'm sure we will be viewing
these a lot over the next couple of years. Because the stories
are so educational and never go out of style, my youngest daughter
will probably enjoy them as well when she is a little older. The
two-DVD set is $19.95 and has a viewing time of approximately two
and half hours.