Nov 252011
Giving Thanks is a new educational DVD from The Scholastic Storybook Treasures collection, which teaches children about American heritage and the cultural history behind our traditions.

This 92 minute Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD Giving Thanks includes award winning stories, and stories that help children understand their own American heritage through stories that they can understand. It is a great resource for parents and educators, when teaching children about the history and cultural history of the United States and its people. 

The Giving Thanks Storybook Treasures dvd includes four stories that focus on the time of the pilgrims’ arrival to America and the Native American culture that they met, and these stories represent the beginning of what we now know as the United States. The stories help children get a cultural perspective of how their country came to be, and it is a great way to teach children the importance of traditions. 

The stories on the Giving Thanks dvd include:

Lincoln & Douglass: An American Friendship
The recent Parent’s Choice Award winner Lincoln & Douglass: An American Friendship by Nikki Giovanni is featured on the Giving Thanks DVD, and this story which is narrated by Danny Glover tells the story of the extraordinary but unusual friendship between the two prominent American Leaders Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.


Giving Thanks
The Giving Thanks dvd also include the story Giving Thanks, which is narrated by Native American Mohawk leader Chief Jake Swamp and it offers an alternative language track in the Mohawk language. Giving Thanks is also known as the Thanksgiving Address, which is a Native American good morning message about how the natural world is a special gift that we need to appreciate.

The story of Hiawatha is based on a the poem “Songs of Hiawatha, which was published in 1855, at a time when Indian culture was rapidly disappearing.

Pilgrims of Plimouth
Pilgrims of Plimout tells the story of the Pilgrims arrival in the New World, about their lives in the new promised land, and how the pilgrims carried on their traditions from England. The story starts as the Pilgrims take off from England on the Mayflower, and it tells the story of how they arrived in New England by accident, as they had originally intended set foot on land much father south.

What I Love About The Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs:

  • This DVD helps parents teach children about their history in a more visual way than by just reading a book. 
  • The Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs stay true to the character of the original books.
  • The Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD include an innovative read-along captioning, which is great for early readers.
  • The graphics stay true to the original version of the books featured. 
  • The Scholastic Storybook Treasures dvds is a different way of reading a book, and it gives an exciting twist on books for children.

You can read my other reviews of DVDs in the Scholastic Storybook Treasures Series here:

Buy Giving Thanks
You can buy the Storybook Treasures DVD Giving Thanks at the Scholastic Storybook Treasures website, and you can purcahse the Storybook Treasures DVD on Amazon.

Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Win Giving Thanks
Scholastic is giving away a copy of the Storybook Treasures DVD Giving Thanks as a part of the Holiday Gift Guide at Frugality Is Free.

This giveaway will end Monday December 26th at midnight EST. 
The giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 years old or older. I will chose the winner via, and the winner will be notified by e-mail. Make sure to leave your email, or have your contact available on your blogger profile. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, and if there is no response another winner will be chosen. 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD for the purpose of writing a review and hosting a giveaway. No monetary compensation has been received, and any opinions expressed above are based solely on my experience with the Scholastic Storybook Treasures brand and products.

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