I am in love with the Scholastic’s My First Storybook Treasures DVD collection, a delightful 3-DVD set featuring over a dozen award winning stories. From the fantastic animation to the superb narration, I adore everything about these DVDs.
Yesterday my three year old daughter and I sat down and watched the second DVD in the series, The Story About Ping… and Other Fine Feathered Friends. She was excited to introduce each of the five tales to me. I love how engaged she is with the stories.
During The Story About Ping (Written by Marjorie Flack, illustrated by Kurt Wiese), in which a young duck gets separated from his family, she patted my leg and attempted to reassure me. “Wait mom, it’s ok. Ping will find his family again.”
As we watched Goose (Written and illustrated by Molly Bang), a twist on the ugly duckling tales, she leaned forward on the couch in excitement and cheered as the little goose raised by woodchucks found that it could fly!
After watching The Most Wonderful Egg in the World (Written and illustrated by Helme Heine) she asked me “Did you like that? How all of the chickens became princesses? Wasn’t that great?”
She then sat quietly holding her breath throughout Rosie’s Walk (Written and illustrated by Patricia Hutchins), as the little hen strolled about deliciously oblivious to the fox following after.
The special feature for this DVD is a retelling of The Story About Ping in Spanish, which despite anything I say to the contrary my girl insists in actually in French.
As with the other DVDs in this collection, the animation is fantastic, with each tale having it’s own original style. The storytelling by guest narrators David de Vries, Laura Dern and Walter Mayes is also superb.
My daughter is entranced with the Read-Along feature that is standard on all of the Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs. She loves how the words light up on the screen as the narrator reads the story. She tells me, “Most shows just have noise and pictures. This show has WORDS. I think all of my shows should have words and noise and picture!”
As I mentioned in my review of the first DVD, my daughter is very interested in finding the books to go with each story. I’ve been planning on hitting the library in search of some of these picture books. I have to admit that I feel some hesitation, as I don’t think my storytelling skills are on par with actors like Laura Dern and Catherine O’Hara.
Overall I would definitely recommend the My First Collection. You can purchase the DVDs from the My First series direct from Scholastic via their NewKideo site. The Story About Ping… and Other Fine Feathered Friends is available on it’s own, or as part of the My First Collection Box Set.
Don’t forget to check out my review of the first video in the series, Splat the Cat, for a chance to win your own My First Collection 3-DVD Box Set.