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My First Scholastic Storybook Treasures, Volume Four: Robot Zot! (DVD Box set)/Nickelodeon Let’s Learn ABCs + 123s (DVD singles)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C/D/D     Main Programs: B/C+/C+



Some of the most convenient children’s titles are compilation releases, like the following coming out on DVD now…



Besides the many singles issued, Scholastic has their various comprehensive volumes of DVD and My First Scholastic Storybook Treasures, Volume Four: Robot Zot! is the latest offering the title short with three similar shorts (This Is The House That Jack Built, Trashy Town, Stars! Stars! Stars!), The Curious Garden short also with three other shorts (Including The Lion & The Mouse, Fletcher & The Falling Leaves, Planting A Rainbow) and the Too Many Toys short with three similar shorts including Zack Braff on Wallace’s List, I Lost My Bear and Inch By Inch.


Extras include Read-Along capacities on all three DVDs and author interviews on each DVD (Garden has two, the others one), but that is more than enough to make this new volume the equal of the fine previous volumes showing once again that Scholastic is very serious about quality DVD product for bright young minds that we simply do not see in the marketplace enough.



Nickelodeon Let’s Learn ABCs and 123s are separate singles meant to teach the very basics to the network’s youngest viewers.  Both have episodes of Team Umizoomi, Dora The Explorer, Blue’s Clues, Go Diego Go! and Wonder Pets! (lots of exclamation points) with ABCs adding a Ni Hao, Kai-lan episode for seven episodes total and 123s offering five episodes total.


Good for what they are, at least they are not the same old repackage or limited single DVD compilation and will get young viewers to think and enjoy the materials presented.  There are no extras on either DVD.



The 1.33 X 1 image on all the DVDs are colorful and just fine, though some can have detail issues and aliasing errors, though the Peter Brown Garden interview is here in 1.33 X 1, it is actually an anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image that widescreen TVs can decode if one wishes.  The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo across all the DVDs here are also just fine, though some of the narration on some of the Scholastic shorts is a little more forward or slightly louder than I would have liked, that does not equate any kind of defect.

You can find more titles from all these series like these and as ongoing parts of these by using our search engine to see what else is available.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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