Scholastic DVD Treasury: Deliver Us From Elmo!

Posted on: February 8, 2010

Like many parents, I try and limit tv exposure for my kids, attempting instead to fill their days with hands-on creative play, together and independently while I go about my business.

Lately, though, my toddler’s morning routine has become character-driven, with an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba while I prepare breakfast, and an hour of Sesame Street afterward while I play with our infant and get him squared away for his first nap.

Scholastic Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics

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Honestly, I’m not too bothered by these choices since they do teach good habits and preschool basics in a non-aggressive and engaging way.  But after six or nine months, the lessons have been learned, Elmo’s song has been exposed as Jingle Bells, and even Mr. Noodle is going limp.  So I was thrilled to find the Scholastic Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics – a collection of 100 beloved stories translated onto film, some live-action but most animated with celebrity voice-overs and original music.

Favorites so far are Kevin Henkes’ Chrysanthemum, beautifully narrated by Meryl Streep, and Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon, the simplicity of which is even more delightful with animation.

The full set of 100 stories on 16 DVD’s retails for $79.99 at Amazon.


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