My children ages 4 and 2 years old were introduced to the story of The Red Hen for the very first time this past weekend. This story is truly a classic and known by nearly everyone both young and old. It’s a story full of good virtue to take to heart demonstrating that if you aren’t willing to help, then you don’t deserve the end product. Brought to life, I praise Scholastics Storybook Treasures with their latest released DVD The Red Hen…And More Cooking Stories and highly recommend picking it up for yourselves.
This version of The Red Hen is one by the Caldecott Award winning father-daughter team of Ed Emberley and Rebecca Emberley. The story goes as such, Red Hen finds a recipe for a Simply Splendid Cake and asks her friends the cat, the rat, and the frog to help with the preparations. But it seems as though her friends want no part in the cake until it’s ready to eat. The voice overs are very lively and the illustration style is quite catching to view. My kids really liked seeing this book as well as the others brought to life and have since asked to watch the DVD over and over again.
Stories on the DVD:
THE RED HEN (Written and illustrated by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley, narrated by Walter Mayes) Filled with humor and sparkling illustration, this is the classic story of Red Hen and her adventures in baking.
BREAD COMES TO LIFE (Written and illustrated by George Levenson, narrated by Lily Tomlin) Watch each step of how to bring bread to life, from the sowing of the seeds to the shaping and baking of the bread dough.
HOW DO DINOSAURS EAT THEIR FOOD? (Written and narrated by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague) These mischievous dinosaurs show that burping, spilling and playing with one’s food are not the best ways to enjoy a meal.
ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT (Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott, narrated by Michael McKean) When Mr. Bing buys Arnie in a doughnut shop, Arnie realizes he must persuade Mr. Bing that a doughnut can be more than just a sweet snack.
· Easy-to-follow recipe for how to bake your own splendid cake!
· Read-Along captioning which is wonderful learning and teaching aid for pre- and young readers.
· Online Printable PDF Coloring Sheet to go Along with the Story of The Red Hen!
Total run time of this collection is 56 minutes plus extras. The stories are ones to take to heart filled with inspiration to bake and cook, problem solving, being cooperative, being a friend, and more! We really enjoyed this collection and are highly recommending it to any home or school video library! We are giving it five out five stars and telling everyone we know with children ages 2-7!
Buy it: If you’d like to add this set to your own collection, you can order The Red Hen and more cooking stories on Amazon.com for $12.99 as of this posting. It’s also available for purchase on New Kideo as well. This would be a great set to gift during the Spring season or Easter Holiday coming up too!