Scrambled States of America .. and more stories by Laurie Keller {review}

Format: DVD/Single | Run time: 66 mins. +extras | Price: $14.95srp | Street Date: May 24

LEARN THE 50 STATES THE EASY WAY WITH LAURIE KELLER’S BEST-SELLING CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC, ON A NEW DVD FEATURING MORE THAN AN HOUR OF ANIMATED STORIES ADAPTED FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR!

One day, Kansas wakes up grumpy and announces to his kindly neighbor Nebraska that life is dull and changes must be made  Nebraska, sick of hearing North Dakota and South Dakota bicker all the time, agrees to help organize a party for all the states. When, at the party, they all decide to switch places to see a new part of the country, what will happen to “The Scrambled States of America?” Best-selling author/illustrator Laurie Keller’s auspicious debut has become a contemporary classic, providing the most enjoyable and engaging means of learning the 50 states ever!

THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA…AND MORE STORIES BY LAURIE KELLER features more than an hour of carefully animated stories by the wildly talented Keller including “The Scrambled States of America Talent Show”, “Do Unto Otters” and “Open Wide: Tooth School Inside”. The original stories featured on the DVD have won numerous awards, including the Caldecott Honor, ALA Notable, Nick Jr. Best Book, and more, and bonus extras include read along captioning, discussion questions, an interview with Keller and the music video “Tooth School Anthem”.

Our Thoughts…

This is a really great educational DVD collection of stories! And though it’s beyond my daughter whom is turning three this month, I’m going to be saving it for her to enjoy in a few years time. The educational benefits of the stories showcased in this collection are quite a few things and one is geographical. When it comes to the two SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA stories featured, your child will learn how to recognize states as well as to take the state abbreviations to heart!

The DO UNTO OTTERS story teaches children the importance of manners and how to be neighborly. This is a really cute story on how Mr. Rabbit learns how to behave when it comes to his new neighbors the Otters. Mr Owl as wise as he is, gives some great advice we all should take to heart!

OPEN WIDE: TOOTH SCHOOL INSIDE is a fasincating story that teaches children about their teeth and dental hygiene! This is a great story for children ages 3 and up I believe. My daughter will be having her first dental visit soon and I think this is a greatly descriptive story to ease into going and not to be worried about it.

DVD Features

Two Full-Length Bonus Stories Exclusive to DVD: “John Henry” Adapted from the Caldecott Honor Book by Julius Lester, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, “Johnny Appleseed” by Reeve Lindbergh, Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen; The Star Spangled Banner Documentary; Read Along; Interactive Menus; Story Selection.

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: www.newkideo.com) and Foundry Communications(Beth Blenz-Clucas).