Saturday, June 8, 2013

Bink & Gollie and More Stories About Friendship: Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD Review

I received this DVD for free to facilitate this review.

I love Scholastic Storybook Treasures! They take story books and bring them to life through animation. This DVD is a collection of stories is all about friendship and is called Bink & Gollie and More Stories About Friendship. This new DVD is perfect for kids as they wind down the school year, get ready for summer activities and look forward to spending time with friends. This also has the option of the DVD reading along with subtitles below. These stories teach friendship, tolerance and respect.

First up in this collection of stories is Bink & Gollie. These adorable stories are by the talented and award-winning author, Kate DiCamillo of "Because of Winn Dixie" and "Tale of Despereaux". These are also by Alison McGhee, Illustrated by Tony Fucile and narrated by Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome. These are stories of two very different girls who don't always agree on everything, but their friendship lends to compromises that help them stay friends. "Bink & Gollie" actually have 3 stories of the girls' adventures: Don't You Need a New Pair of Socks?, P.S. I'll be Back Soon, and Give a Fish a Home. I found each of these to be wonderful and my girls loved them. Gotta love Bink's wild hair and taste in socks :) Gollie's vocabulary is outstanding and these stories give fun new words to my daughters' repertoire.

Next is "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead and narrated by David de Vries. This is a story about a zookeeper who after falling ill with the sniffles and sneezes gets a visit from some unexpected guests. This is a charming story about taking time out of your day to help out a friend when they become sick.

"The Other Side" by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis and narrated by Toshi Widoff-Woodson is about a friendship that develops between two kids from opposite sides of a segregated town. It teaches a little about segregation and racial discrimination, but more about acceptance and friendship even though someone is different. I am glad that my children live in a age where this doesn't happen, although sadly I still hear about racism happening. I made this story into a learning experience with my kids and taught them more about the Civil Rights Movement that changed the prejudices that separated blacks and whites.

Last, but certainly not least is "Cat and Canary", written and illustrated by Michael Foreman. It is a story about two most unlikely friends as they embark on an adventure when their master is away at work. I always wonder what my pets do while we are away. This story is fun and imaginative and captures the New York City Skyline perfectly.

You can purchase the Scholastic Storybook Treasures Bink & Gollie DVD on for $12.99 as of this posting.

This DVD is Approx. 36 minutes and has extras (Interview with Bink & Gollie illustrator Tony Fucile, Interview with A Sick Day for Amos McGee author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead, Interview with The Other Side author Jacqueline Woodson) + Read Along version. Recommended for ages 4-9.

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received product for free to facilitate my review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review.

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