KidVid: Scholastic Storybook Treasures My First Collection Vol. 3 featuring Chicken Little
Scholastic Storybook Treasures’ latest entry in the award-winning “My First Collection” series is the three-DVD boxed set My First Collection Vol. 3 featuring Chicken Little (recommended for ages two through six). Scholastic has a well-earned reputation for quality children’s entertainment and this latest release is no exception. There are thirteen stories included, three for the first time on DVD: “Chicken Little,” “Scaredy Squirrel,” and “Katie Loves the Kittens.”
The first DVD is Chicken Little…and more zany animal stories, and it kicks off with a bright, colorful, nearly-manic version of the ancient “Chicken Little” story, this time realized by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley and narrated by Walter Mayes. It’s delightful silliness as a crazed chicken convinces his friends that the sky is falling. Poor Norvin, he’s a boy that looks a little too much like a shark in “The Great White Man-Eating Shark,” but he uses it to his advantage scaring away other swimmers in a tale written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Jonathan Allen. “The Three-Legged Cat” takes mistaken identity to hilarious extremes when the cat is mistaken for a hat and goes on a wonderful adventure (written by Margaret May, illustrated by Jonathan Allen.) The fourth story on the “Chicken Little” DVD is the popular “Dooby Dooby Moo,” written by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin, and narrated by Randy Travis. Fans of the series featuring Farmer Brown and Duck will enjoy watching the animals sing and dance in preparation for a talent show that offers a prize Duck absolutely must have. As usual, Duck will not be deterred. Chicken Little…and more zany animal stories supports humor, problem solving, friendship, and early reading skills.
The second DVD Katie Loves the Kittens…and more funny stories includes the title story (written and illustrated by John Himmelman and narrated by Elizabeth Himmelman) about a dog who loves the family’s new kittens, maybe a little too enthusiastically; “Scaredy Squirrel,” written and illustrated by Melanie Watt and narrated by David de Vries, in which a reclusive squirrel surprises himself when he faces the great outdoors; “The Cow Who Fell in the Canal,” written by Phyllis Krasilovsky and illustrated by Peter Spier—can you guess the plot?; and “Roberto the Insect Architect,” written and illustrated by Nina Laden and narrated by Sean Hayes, about a termite with an amazing difference, instead of destroying buildings he dreams of designing them. The stories on Katie Loves the Kittens…and more funny stories support confidence, consideration, and feelings.Continued on the next page