Scholastic’s latest collection of children’s stories is another enjoyable set for the whole family. The Springtime Collection is a new three disc collection that culls the best of the company’s latest box sets and puts them together in this new triple-disc set. And while it is billed as the Springtime Collection, there’s no getting past the inclusion of two Christmas themed shorts from the well-known children’s book series, Max and Ruby. “Max’s Christmas” and “Morris’s Disappearing Bag” are both Christmas themed episodes. Though, they are the only holiday themed episodes in the set. One of the pair is even told entirely in Spanish for Spanish speaking audiences. It’s something minor by itself. But in the grand scheme of things, that Scholastic would take this step shows a valid attempt to reach an audience as broad as possible. It makes both this set and Scholastic even more worthy of praise.
The holiday themed shorts aside, what makes this set enjoyable is the inclusion of some of the most well-known of literary tales in the form of “Chicken Little” and “The Red Hen.” Children will love these timeless tales, while parents will love experiencing them for the first time again with their own children. That sense of nostalgia instilled in older viewers will help in making the viewing experience all the more enjoyable for the whole family. Parents will thrill at seeing their children light up, watching the stories. For parents to see these shorts through the eyes of their children will give them a whole new meaning for parents. And for parents of older children, they will equally appreciate the read-along feature included once again with each story. The read-along feature is a wonderful option for parents and their children to use together in aiding children’s reading skills. It’s one more bonus for this set both in the classroom and the living room. This and the lessons taught through each short contained on each disc make every episode important in its very own fashion.
Parents of older children will appreciate the read-along feature included once again on each disc in the set. They will also appreciate the morals and lessons taught through each short. Each one teaches a different lesson. Those lessons vary from lessons of teamwork to problem solving, to friendship and more. Ironically, these lessons are ones from which parents could also learn. It’s one more way that this set proves to cross generations.
There is one more aspect of Scholastic’s new Springtime Collection that makes it stand out among current children’s programming and home DVD and Blu-ray release. That remaining factor is that of each short’s animation. In an age when so much CG-based children’s programming calls itself animated, each short included in this set has its very own animation style. As is the case with a “greatest hits” record or anthology of DVDs/Blu-rays, each young viewer will respond in different fashion to each short’s animation. As with the Spanish speaking episode, “Max’s Christmas”, this seems a nonfactor on a small scale. But on a more macro level, the animation plays a big role in keeping a child’s attention, and thus increases the chances of a young viewer taking something away from each short. Therefore, what would otherwise be something not that important actually plays a role just as important as that of the lessons and the stories themselves. It’s one more aspect that makes all three discs in this new compilation all the more worth it both for teachers and parents alike. It is available now online and in stores. It can be ordered online direct from the New Kideo store at http://www.newkideo.com/scholastic/the-springtime-collection/. Parents and teachers can keep up with all of the latest news and more from Scholastic when they “Like” the Scholastic Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/Scholastic and its official website, http://www.scholastic.com.
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