Perfect Halloween Gift/DVD: The Halloween Stories Collection from Scholastic
Doting parents and grandparents who think every occasion is a gift-giving occasion are often stymied at Halloween when nearly every gift comes with candy. “The kids will get more than enough candy, they don’t need more from us,” is the plaintive cry of many a grandma and nana. And, of course, they are hoping that their own children will forgive their indulgence if it excludes sweets.
Scholastic Storybook Treasures to the rescue! The Halloween Stories Collection is a three-disc set with eighteen stories from new and classic children’s books. Witches and wild things, ghosts and goblins, creatures and crocodiles populate stories that will amuse and entertain children, ages three through nine. Stories of hauntings, spirits and monsters designed to delight rather than scare will captivate for hours.
“Let the wild rumpus begin!” Yes, it’s Max, in Where the Wild Things Are, on a DVD that includes six videos by Maurice Sendak. Everyone who has an inner-Max (and isn’t that everyone?) will enjoy Wild Things, In the Night Kitchen, and four videos from Really Rosie, that wonderful television special from the early-1970’s. “Alligators All Around,” “One Was Johnny,” “Chicken Soup with Rice,” and “Pierre,” all performed by Carole King, are accompanied by Sendak illustrations--a treat for fans of both the singer/songwriter and author/illustrator. Be sure to watch Where the Wild Things Are in all three languages presented on the disc--English, Spanish, and French--seeing and hearing the same story told in different languages adds to the fun.
A Very Brave Witch...and More Great Halloween Stories for Kids! is a collection of eight stories including the charming Very Brave Witch narrated by Elle Fanning. Other stories included are “By the Light of the Halloween Moon” (with bluegrass accompaniment), “A Dark, Dark Tale,” “Georgie” (a little ghost in search of a home), “The Witch in the Cherry Tree,” “The Three-Legged Cat,” “The Three Robbers,” and “Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain.” There are lessons to be learned from these stories, as simple as “don’t be afraid of the dark dark” to the more complex “find where you belong.”