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March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World review and giveaway (CLOSED)

MARCH ON! THE DAY MY BROTHER MARTIN CHANGED THE WORLD…AND MORE STORIES ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY – Scholastic DVD
Scholastic, January 12, 2010

As America prepares to commemorate the birthday of our country’s most iconic civil rights leader and Black History Month, families can learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and other heroes of African American history in an entertaining and educational new Scholastic Storybook TreasuresTM DVD release. MARCH ON! THE DAY MY BROTHER MARTIN CHANGED THE WORLD…AND MORE STORIES ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY includes more than an hour of inspiring true stories.

The lead story, March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World, is a moving account of the day when Martin Luther King, Jr. presented his “I Have a Dream” speech to the world during the civil rights March on Washington in1963. The story is told by Dr. King’s sister, Dr. Christine King Ferris, with colorful animation of London Ladd’s illustrations. As a bonus, the DVD includes an interview with the author, Dr. King Ferris. As the American Library Association noted about the production, “Lynn Whitfield’s sensitive and stirring narration is enriched with audio clips of Mahalia Jackson’s powerful song, crowd noises, and clips from MLK’s speech. Music by Michael Bacon sets the tone for the film and seamlessly accommodates songs of the era.”

Three more historical tales follow King’s amazing, true-life story, each carefully adapted from award-winning children’s books: Martin’s Big Words (adapted from the book by Doreen Rapport, illustrated by Michael Collier), Rosa (written and narrated by Nikki Giovanni, illustrations by Michael Sporn), Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad (based on the book by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson). Together the stories have won 15 awards, including the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video, Caldecott Honor Award, and selection as a American Library Association Notable Video. Celebrity narration by Whitfield, Michael Clark Duncan and others, plus engaging music, make these tales come to life for a new generation of Americans.

The SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES series hails from the vaults of Weston Woods Studios, world-renowned for their careful film and video adaptations of best-selling children’s storybooks. Librarians and teachers around the country have long been using these very same productions, created by Weston Woods Studios with authors and illustrators, to enhance their students’ pre-reading experiences. Founded more than 50 years ago, and now a division of Scholastic, Weston Woods continues to produce top-notch video storytelling. SCHOLASTIC  STORYBOOK TREASURES collects and presents these productions for the home marketplace and has, since its launch in 2003, become a top award-winning home video franchise for children.

My Thoughts…

Thanks to Beth Blenz-Clucas of  Foundry Communications and Scholastic, I received MARCH ON! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World … and more stories about African American History from Scholastic Storybook Treasures collection.

This DVD features four stories featuring great leaders in African American history such as those about Martin Luther, Rosa Parks, and several others. You’ll find that each of the stories are narroated by Lynn Whitefield and Michael Clarke Duncan to name just a few.  Like the other DVD’s in the Scholastic Treasury series, this one also offers a read a long option of which I believe is a must in helping your children follow along. The illustrations bring these great moments to life and the added interviews by Christine King Farris and Ellen Levine  speaks revelations into educating our children of such great leaders.

Teachers or homeschool parents can check out the Media Center to download video clips and study guides(PDF) for MARCH ON! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World from Stories of People Who Changed America.

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To Enter: Just leave any comment on why’d you like to win or whom you’d like to win this for!

This contest ends January 18, 2010 and is open to USA and Canada only.Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.

Disclaimer: I was sent MARCH ON! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World … and more stories about African American History for review from Beth Blenz-Clucas of  Foundry Communications and Scholastic . This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Blink of an Eye movie review


Synopsis

It was meant to be the perfect getaway, suddenly it became a horrific vacation for Detective David Ramsey (David A.R. White). While aboard a private yacht on the shimmering Sea of Cortez, David’s wife and friends suddenly disappear.

During the investigation, as David’s police Captain (Eric Roberts) is helping him unravel the mystery, David is shocked to wake up from the terrible nightmare…or was it?

Caught in the recurring turmoil of knowing tragedy is inevitable, David realizes he is powerless to stop it. As each day repeats, David discovers evidence of a worldwide event known in Biblical prophecies as The Rapture. Now he must fight unseen forces to uncover the truth before time runs out.

Website: http://www.pureflix.com/blink

My Thoughts…

In the Blink of an Eye had Ground Hog movie feel to it per se the reliving a day over and over again. The main character was left to determine the choices he could make to solve the mysterious disappearance of his wife and friends. This also led our main character to learn more about the God his friend and partner had chosen to share with him on numerous occasions.

I found the storyline of this movie quite interesting and it left me here and there wondering what exactly would happen next. You find the main character struggling in his marriage and being too consumed with work, never at rest.

This movie was on a scale of 1-5 was a 3 for me. The acting was decent, the music was good, the scenery was beautiful, and the overall message was presented well yet for me their was a desire of possibly more character development added.

Disclaimer: I was given In the Blink of an Eye to review from Pure Flix. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Sarah’s Choice Movie Review

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Synoposis

Sarah Collins is a young woman on the rise. As a junior account executive at a major advertising agency, Sarah is poised to get it all: executive promotion, salary increase, new car, fabulous apartment and first-class travel. There’s only one thing that’s going to keep her from getting it; her unborn baby.

Sarah has a hard decision. Her friends and co-workers insist that she has the right to choose what will be best for her; a successful career and unlimited material rewards. But according to a mysterious stranger, and three visions, Sarah can make a choice that wil not only change her life but the lives of her loved ones both now and forever.

In 1973 The United States Supreme Court struck down state laws that ban abortion, but the moral controversy surrounding the issue is far from resolved. If it is legally true that a woman can make her own decision regarding her reproductive health, Sarah’s Choice is a film that offers compelling moral reasons to choose life.

My Review…

I was given the chance to watch Sarah’s Choice along side my sister-in-law and we both really enjoyed it!

I thought for a Christian flick the message this movie portrays about choosing life was strong without seeming unloving or overly pushy.  I also really liked how the movie  also showed the side of a mother along side a new mom contemplating her choices, who had given her child up for abortion and how it effected her even though she tried to ignore it.

I believe  Sarah’s Choice would be perfect to show at church, or in a small group among teens and young adults especially around the holidays as the movie has sort of a Christmas Carol twist to it that was unexpected.

Buy it…

If interested in purchasing Sarah’s Choice for home or church use, you can find it at popular sites such as Pure Flix, Amazon, and Christian Book for around $15.00-20.00.

Disclaimer: I was sent a Sarah’s Choice for review from Pure Flix . This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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The Night Before Christmas … and more classic holiday tales review and giveaway

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MAKE THE COMING SEASON SPARKLE WITH A FANCIFUL NEW HOLIDAY-THEMED DVD COLLECTION FROM SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES!

Just in time for the holiday season, Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ presents more than two magical holiday hours of story time fun with THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: SPECIAL EDITION, a value-priced 2-disc set featuring a dozen favorite heartwarming holiday chestnuts!  The 12 colorfully animated tales included celebrate the winter holiday season, with stories about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other family celebrations.
Narrated by Anthony Edwards, the title story of The Night Before Christmas is based on Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem; Santa’s visit on a snowy Christmas Eve is beautifully brought to life with animated versions of Jan Brett’s exquisite illustrations and festive music. Brett’s original book sold more than one million copies.  The DVD includes six more holiday stories, including In the Month of Kislev (adapted from a story by Nina Jaffe and narrated by Theodore Bikel), Seven Candles for Kwanzaa (adapted from a story by Andrea Davis Pinckney and Brian Pinckney, narrated by Alfre Woodard), Too Many Tamales (presented both in English and Spanish, and adapted from a story by Gary Soto), The Little Drummer Boy (with animated illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats) and two Rosemary Wells classics, Max’s Christmas (narrated by Jenny Agutter and Rex Robbins) and Morris’ Disappearing Bag.

The second DVD, The Twelve Days of Christmas… and More Holiday Stories is new to the Scholastic Storybook Treasures collection. It begins with a rousing sing-along version of the Twelve Days, adapted from the picture book version by Robert Bloomfield. The DVD includes four more tales: Great Joy, based on the book by Kate DiCamillo and narrated by Jane Curtin; The Clown of God, based on the book by renowned author Tommy dePaola; James Marshall’s zany story, Merry Christmas, Space Case, narrated by Christopher Lloyd; and a Chinese New Year story, Sam and the Lucky Money, based on the book by Karen Chinn.

Get into the holiday spirit with THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: THE SPECIAL EDITION!

Run Time : 124 mins.
Format: DVD/2 Discs
Price: $19.95 srp


My Thoughts…

This is fun collection that features most of the many known holidays that happen during the month of December. You’ll find stories about Christmas, Kwanza,  and Hanukkah. I personally was a fan of the The Night Before Christmas! The Little Drummer Boy, a story that tugs at the heart strings.  And the Twelve Days a Christmas a favorite song which is sung every year!

As with the classics, I loved hearing and seeing new stories such as Max’s Christmas ( if you are familiar with Max and Ruby, you may know this one), Merry Christmas Space Case, Great Joy, and many more.

These box sets are perfect for in home or on the road and perfect to share with every member of the family. Hours of enjoyment and priceless memories will come from the stories offered in DVD format!

I’d like to encourage everyone to check out The Scholastic Storybook Treasures website at http://www.newkideo.com/. This site is a fantastic place for parents and kids where they can read and share their own reviews on the dvd’s as well as enjoy actives such as downloading coloring sheets and learning more about the authors featured in this Storybook Treasures collection!

Win it: One of my reader is going to get the chance to win this very same set for themselves!

To Enter:
visit Scholastic and tell me another box set that you are interested in!

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4. Let me know your favorite Christmas song!
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This Giveaway is only open to U.S and Canada
Giveaway running till 12/18/09 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.

Disclaimer: I was given the The Night Before Christmas … and more classic holiday tales DVD set to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.


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HGG:Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics – Animal Antics and more… Review and Giveaway

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Retail Value: $49.95 *Approx. 8 hrs. total
Age Group: 2 – 8

Storybook Classics has won over 80 awards that include Caldecott Medal and NAPPA Gold Awards. This wonderful collection of stories is packed into 7 various DVD’s. You will find classics such as Make Way for Ducklings, Chicken Little, to more recent releases, such as I Stink! And Click Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, with celebrity narrations by Randy Travis, Meryle Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker and John Lithgow.

Also including Spanish Versions of The Caterpillar and the Poliwog, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Harry the Dirty Dog, Make Way For Ducklings and Owen.

My Thoughts…

You may recall my review on Scholastic Treasures – Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics that I reviewed a month of so ago. This collection is much like that one but mainly has selected stories about animals!

I loved watching the DVD from this collection that featured the story of Chrysanthemum a little mouse who loved her name until the kids at school poked fun of it. I recall reading this story when I was a young girl and am so glad to have this collection at hand to share with my daughter.

These box sets are perfect for in home or on the road and perfect to share with every member of the family. Hours of enjoyment and priceless memories will come from the heart felt as well as silly stories included in DVD format!

I’d like to encourage everyone to check out The Scholastic Storybook Treasures website at http://www.newkideo.com/. This site is a fantastic place for parents and kids where they can read and share their own reviews on the dvd’s as well as enjoy actives such as downloading coloring sheets and learning more about the authors featured in this Storybook Treasures collection!

Win it: One of my reader is going to get the chance to win this very same set for themselves!

To Enter:
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This Giveaway is only open to U.S and Canada
Giveaway running till 12/18/09 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.

Disclaimer: I was given the Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.


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Holiday Gift Guide: Scholastic Treasures – Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics Review and Giveaway

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When I think of Scholastics, I think of great quality  products. I was home schooled when I was younger and I recall every month my sisters and I were able to pick out several books from a Scholastic guide that came in the mail to our home. I to this day can recall so many wonderful titles that I read over and over again. A few of the books we purchased  taught me the fundamentals of drawing helping me to become the artist that I am today! I’m excited now as I have a family of my own and was given opportunity to bring the wonderful world of Scholastic’s into my own home to share with my children.Treasury-100StoriesSSTDVD-NS

The collections from Scholastic’s that  I would like to tell you about  include the Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics & Chicka Chicka in storybook DVD format!

The Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics is a fantastic DVD collection featuring many loved stories like Curious George, Harry and His Purple Crayon, Where The Wild Things Are, Chicken Little, and many more!  I’m sure with the recent release of  “Where The Wild Things Are” movie out in theaters, that seeing the very first animated production would be welcomed be quite welcomed. In light of Where the Wild Things Are, there is also a special behind-the-scenes author interview with Maurice Sendak!

Known actors such as James Earl Jones, Danny Glover, Chevy Chase, Meryl Streep, and many more have lent their voices to narrate this fantastic collection! I recognized right away when watching the “Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type…and more amusing animal tales” Randy Travis’s narration. He did a superb job bringing these fun barn yard tales to life!  I would definitely say the narrators for each of the stories chosen was a perfect fit!

In this collection, you’ll find 16 DVD’s most with 7 stories on each themed DVD. When I say themed for example the Harry and the Dirty Dog story book DVD features six stories all about dogs!  In addition, Scholastic’s innovative read-along function on each story highlights the words as they’re read, allowing children to follow the narrator, supporting early literacy skills and encouraging a love of reading. You can choose the option of picking what story you want played or you can take advantage of the play all feature.  Other additions include 15 stories in Spanish and the French version of Where the Wild Things Are. Each DVD runs from 60-80 minutes making the whole collection about 20 hours of fun family entertainment!

I almost forgot to mention that this set also includes a 15 page activity booklet for the kids. Inside this booklet your child will find fun coloring sheets of characters from several of the stories, connecting the dots, and many more fun activities!Chicka2pkSSTDVD-NS

It’s no wonder that the Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics won the Parents’Choice and NAPPA Gold Award! This set  retails at $99.95 and would be a wonderful addition to any home!

CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM & CHICKA CHICKA 123…AND MORE STORIES ABOUT LETTERS AND NUMBERS is a  2 disc collection featuring the classics tales of author Bill Martin Jr. The illustrations by Lois Ehlert are extremely vibrant in color and done in a fun abstract style. The sing-along soundtracks from Crystal Taliefero are sure to have your little ones up and singing along with the happy rhymes, and learning the catchy the repetitious beat in learning letters and numbers! Each dvd is about an hour long and includes a read-along function for each story.This set is geared toward children ages 3-8 years old and retails for  just $19.95!

I’d like to encourage everyone to check out The Scholastic Storybook Treasures website at http://www.newkideo.com/. This site is a fantastic place for parents and kids where they can read and share their own reviews on the dvd’s as well as enjoy actives such as downloading coloring sheets and learning more about the authors featured in this Storybook Treasures collection!

I know my family and will be enjoying this collection for years and years to come. I honestly love the fact that I was introduced to stories that my mom and dad grew up that I’d never heard or read before! 5 stars *****

Win it!

How would you like to win a set of your own? Well, Scholastic’s has generously offered this entire collection to giveaway this Holiday season to one my readers!

To enter: Visit Scholastic Storybook Treasures and tell which collection, story or author would be a favorite in your home. Remember to leave your name and email.

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A special thanks to Scholastic for sponsoring this contest. This contest is open to the US only! This contest ends on Sunday, November 30th, 2009. The winner will be chosen by random selection and emailed within a few days. The winner has 48 hrs. to reply or another reader will be chosen. Your prize will be sent by Scholastic.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Scholastic for providing free samples of the CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM and CHICKA CHICKA 123, and Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics for review.

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