I love checking out new books and videos for our twins. They’re at the age where their little brains are soaking up everything, trying to make words and trying to imitate things they see and hear. We were recently sent a few Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDS: Chicka Chicka 123 and A Very Brave Witch. The Scholastic Story Book Treasures so far seems like a fun collection for them to learn with and our children (so far) have loved the videos.
Chicka Chicka 123 is all about teaching kids to learn the fun way and it also shows a variety of ways we use numbers in our every day life. I turned this in to a very fun event for my twins. Even though they are a little young, they loved it when mommy sang along and they were able to watch those colorful illustrations on the video.
The DVD also features three other stories celebrating the fun of numbers: “Emily’s First 100 Days of School,” “How Much is a Million?” and “If You Made a Million.” These adaptations have all been produced by the venerable Weston Woods Studios and have won numerous national awards:
• Emily’s First 100 Days Of School (by Rosemary Wells, narrated by Diana Canova) – As the days and weeks of school go by, Emily and her classmates learn new ideas, expand their world, and grow closer together one day at a time.
• How Much Is A Million? (by David M. Schwartz, illustrated by Steven Kellogg) – Ever wonder just what a million of something means? How about a trillion? With help from Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician, the concepts of a million, a billion and a trillion are not quite so intimidating.
• If You Made A Million (by David M. Schwartz, illustrated by Steven Kellogg) – Have you ever wanted to make a million dollars? Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician is your expert guide as you learn about the various forms of money.
A Very Brave Witch is great for the upcoming Halloween season and will be available the first of October (available for preorder on Amazon) . This story is all about a little witch decides to see what humans are really like one Halloween. Included with this video is seven more slightly scary stories: By the Light of the Halloween Moon; A Dark, Dark tale; Georgie; The Witch in the Cherry Tree; The Three-legged Cat; The Three Robbers, and Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain.
• By the Light Of The Halloween Moon (Written by Caroline Stutson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, narrated by Sherry Stringfield) A brave girl would rather play a trick than be gobbled up as a treat.
• A Dark, Dark Tale (Written and illustrated by Ruth Brown) Take a spooky journey up dark stairs and through hidden passages. Being scared has never been so much fun!
• Georgie (Written and illustrated by Robert Bright, narrated by David DeVries) A friendly ghost looks for a new house to haunt when he feels unwanted by the Whittaker family.
• The Witch In The Cherry Tree (Written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Jenny Williams) David and his mother must find a way to protect their freshly baked cakes from the tricky witch in the cherry tree.
• The Three-Legged Cat (Written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Jonathan Allen) Tom, the pegged-legged cat is mistaken for a hat in this hilarious tale of mistaken identity.
• The Three Robbers (Written and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer) A little orphan girl sets three robbers straight, turning their gold to good.
• Little Tim And The Brave Sea Captain (Written and illustrated by Edward Ardizzone) Little Tim finally has the chance to become a sailor and experience life on the high seas.