Scholastic Storybook Treasures

December 14, 2010

I was recently given samples of three Scholastic Storybook Treasures. These are children story books brought to life on DVD. While we are not a huge DVD watching family, there are some DVDs which are a welcome addition to our very small collection. These are some of them. What does Mishy love about them? The stories are from books she already knows and loves, they are cleverly narrated and accompanied by fun music which makes her laugh, and they introduce her to a different element of story telling – more visual, but still word focused.

What do I love about them? You may read along with the stories, the images are true to the original book, the themes of the story are age appropriate and most importantly, Mishy loves them.

Each DVD features questions you may ask your child about the story, which generates a gentle discussion and deeper understanding.

Details:

The Boy Who Cried Wolf and more children’s fables. This DVD features 5 stories which are narrated by Michael York, Peter Scolari, and feature illustrations and work by Tomi dePaola and Marcia Brown. The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a new story for Mishy and she had many wonderful questions about why he cried wolf and what happened to the sheep afterwards – why the sheppard couldn’t find his sheep. I enjoyed listening and facilitating her understanding.

The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs and more animal adventures, which are narrated by Paul Giamatti, among others. The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs is a clever re-telling of the classic story – The Three Little Pigs. Mishy loved this re-telling and was glad to know wolves are simply mis-understood.

Click, Clack, Moo: Animals That Type… and more amusing animal tales. This collection of three DVDs is filled with 17 stories which are fun, inventive and amazingly well spirited for the 3-8 year olds in your life. This collection was by far Mishy’s favorite because it features Mishy’s well loved story – Dooby Dooby Moo. Randy Travis narrates Dooby Dooby Moo and other stories written humorously by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. He provides just the right amount of laid back Southern charm, swagger, and fun to this joyous collection of animal tales.

Machu Picchu, Peru

November 29, 2010

We recently went to Machu Picchu, Peru. I’m going to let the pictures and captions speak for themselves.

Playing with Baby at lunch

On the bus ride to Machu Picchu

Where everyone takes the money shot

About to jump off the ancient stone

Seeing the view with Baby

Watching the llamas escape

Petting the escapees who went to greener pastures at the ruins

The clouds beginning to roll in. Rain was coming.

A rest stop on a wall.

Enjoying some water after the hike.

Train ride to Sacred Valley