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A Pocket for Corduroy DVD Review by Whitney Dunahee

Scholastic Storybook Treasures

A Pocket for Corduroy . . . and More Stories about Friendship is part of the Storybook Treasures DVD series from Scholastic. This DVD features three classic children's storybooks: A Pocket for Corduroy, Blue Burt and Wiggles, and Big Al. Each story is voiced, signed in American Sign Language (ASL), and includes read-along captions. Illustrations from the books provide a lovely and calm backdrop for the sign language narrator. Beautiful original music scores set the tone for the stories. The DVD has a running time of 38 minutes for the three stories. Also included on the DVD are several extras, including an ASL alphabet finger-spelling tutorial, interactive comprehension quizzes for each story, and 20 sign language vocabulary words per story for a total of 60 ASL vocab words!  A Pocket for Corduroy is recommended for ages 2-9.

This DVD really has something for every child. Early sign language learning is beneficial for fine motor skills and increased vocabulary. The read-aloud captions are perfect for children who are learning to read or new readers. My three daughters, ages 8, 5, and 22 months each enjoyed the DVD. My 5-year-old especially loved it. She had fun trying to read along with the captions on the screen. She also enjoyed the interactive comprehension quizzes. The selected stories are fun, entertaining, and wholesome. The format also provides a great deal of educational value. I am happy to put this DVD on for my children.

Product review by Whitney Dunahee, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, October 2010