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Adventures At School + Five Little Monkeys (Scholastic Storybook Treasures/Weston Woods/New Video DVDs)

 

Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Episodes: B-

 

 

Continuing their child-friendly series of DVD releases, Scholastic adds two new titles to their Storybook Treasures collection in the form of a set and a single.  For those unfamiliar with the series, try this link to our previous coverage of titles in the series, which share the same picture and sound quality:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/9987/Scholastic+Storybook+Treasures:+Whe

 

 

The singles is Five Little Monkeys, which introduces children to sign language (ASL type) whether they actually need it or not, but children with hearing can stand to learn about this world of a language of a different kind and three stories are included with hosts signing the words and ideas throughout.  A good idea, it allows all viewers to stretch the meaning of all languages and is very effective.  Extras include a sign language vocabulary, alphabet fingerspelling, quizzes and a read along.

 

Adventures At School is a 3-DVD set that includes what we could consider three singles, a main program the set is entitled, plus additional tales and extras.  Teacher From The Black Lagoon has four shows, Illustrator Jared Lee and Author Mike Thaler interviews, quizzes and a read along.  Crazy Hair Day (narrated by Zack Braff) has five shows, quizzes, a read along, Spanish Version of Monty and interview with Author/Illustrator Barney Saltzberg, who is responsible for the title tale.  Miss Nelson Has A Field Day (involving football) has five shows (Alfre Woodard and Thora Birch are among the narrators), quizzes, a read along and Spanish Versions of two of the other tales: The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate The Wash and Amazing Grace.

 

I wish the picture was a little better throughout, but these are very constructive, positive, progressive, well-rounded programs for developing minds and I liked this batch overall a bit more than the last.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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