Scholastic Treasures: Tikki Tikki Tembo & more Stories to Celebrate Asian Heritage {review}

Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
Run Time:
66 minutes
Price: $14.95
Great for Kids Ages: 3-6 years old

Press Release:

Timed to release for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2011, TIKKI TIKKI TEMBO…AND MORE STORIES TO CELEBRATE ASIAN HERITAGE brings together a unique collection of six best-selling, award-winning stories highlighted by the title tale, a classic childhood gem which has been beloved for over 20 years and has sold millions of copies. Along with celebrity narration from B.D. Wong (“Law and Order: SVU” and “Oz”) and Ming-Na Wen (“E.R.”, “Two and a Half Men”), the DVD features a read-long function that highlights the words as they are read, allowing a child to follow the narrator, promoting early literacy skills.

The Stories…

The title tale, Tikki Tikki Tembo, is based on the classic picture book by Arlene Mosel, illustrated by Blair Lent. What’s in a name? A great deal according to the Chinese of long ago who honored their first son with the grand, long name Tikki Tikki Tembo. But such names can cause a lot of trouble, as the younger brother and his mother discover when the eldest falls down a well!

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (Written by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon, narrated by B. D. Wong) A compassionate couple risks their lives to reunite a pair of Mandarin ducks.

Grandfather’s Journey (Written and illustrated by Allen Say, narrated by B. D. Wong) A touching story about Grandfather’s travels from Japan to the United States and back again.

The Stonecutter (Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott) Tasaku is a lowly stonecutter who longs for more power in this Japanese folk tale.

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (Written and illustrated by Ed Young, narrated by B. D. Wong) This Asian version of the classic fairytale brings lessons about strangers, trust, and courage.

Sam and the Lucky Money (Written by Karen Chinn, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, narrated by Ming-Na Wen) On Chinese New Year Sam meets a stranger who helps him make the perfect decision on how to spend his lucky money.

Our Thoughts…

Being that on my Dad’s side of the family that my Grandma is full blooded Japanese, I was very interested in this latest treasury from Scholastics. I had never heard of any of the stories before but enjoyed them very much, I love learning and hearing  stories from all sorts of cultures! My daughter wasn’t really huge into this collection but I’m sure with time that she’ll learn to love it.

This DVD supports reading skills, problem solving, and friendship. You’ll find many great features which include discussion questions and interviews with authors and illustrators of each of the stories found in this collection.

I highly recommend this collection to add your own personal DVD library today!

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Disclaimer: I received the mentioned DVD’s to review from Weston Woods, Studio (Scholastic: and Foundry Communications(Beth Blenz-Clucas).