KidVid: Scholastic Releases My First Collection – Volume 4
Mechanical men—and women— have captured the imagination of science fiction and fantasy fans forever (I’ve secretly harbored a wish for the Rosie model for decades), or at least since they were first imagined. Scholastic Storybook Treasures introduces a robot—Robot Zot— to preschoolers in a three-disc collection of stories, My First Collection – Volume 4, for children aged two and up. Each of the discs in the collection is available individually, as well.
Robot Zot!...And More Rhyming Stories includes the title story, written by popular children’s author Jon Scieszka (The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales) and illustrated by David Shannon (author/illustrator of the David books), about a robot who plans to conquer the earth but finds true love instead; “This Is the House that Jack Built” where it’s all Jack’s fault that the rat drops by only to be annoyed by the cat; “Trashy Town” where Mr. Gilly, with the help from his rat friends (rats again!), effortlessly manages to keep things tidy; and Bob Barner’s “Stars! Stars! Stars!,” a kid-friendly introduction to the wonders of the galaxy.
Too Many Toys…And More Stories about Problem Solving opens with a problem with which many parents are familiar—a little boy whose room resembles an oversized and very messy toy box can’t stand the idea of parting with any of his possessions. Although Spencer reluctantly agrees to get rid of a box of junk, he surprises us with the one thing he simply must keep. Other stories on the disc are “I Lost My Bear,” “Wallace’s Lists,” and “Inch by Inch.”
The Curious Garden…And More Stories about Nature includes the title story, the inspiring (and green) story of Liam’s adventure restoring a neglected garden; “The Lion and the Mouse,” based on Aesop’s fable about kindness; “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” about a mouse who is disturbed when Autumn’s colorful leaves fall from the trees; and “Planting a Rainbow,” detailing a mother and child’s experiences planning a garden, planting flowers, and harvesting the results.
My First Collection – Volume 4 is recommended for kids aged two through six and supports kindness, problem solving, going green, organization, responsibility, poetry, rhyming, bravery, and social skills and relationships.