Children Make Terrible Pets and more stories about family DVD Review



The Scholastic Storybook Treasures collection recently released Children Make Terrible Pets and more stories about family DVD. This brand new collection offers children’s book stories brought to life by some of my own favorite authors such as Lois Lowry!

Peter Brown’s children’s book Children Make Terrible Pets is quite a fun story. I’d never heard it before and it most certainly had my children and I in giggles with it’s rather comical story line. This story and the others included in the collection support teaching about friendship, families, and tolerance.

Personally, hearing and seeing what inspired how Children Make Terrible Pets and many of the other stories featured on the DVD were created was such a special treat for my children and I! I’m so glad that those interviews were included in the creation of this collection. They were quite inspirational, interesting, and could invoke perhaps even a career in illustrating or story writing within a child!

The original stories have won many awards, including The New York Times Best Illustrated Book, the E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Award and the Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature.

The Stories…

CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS (Written and illustrated by Peter Brown, narrated by Emily Eiden) Lucy, a young bear, meets a charming little boy in the forest. When she brings him home, her mother cautions her “children make terrible pets.”

ALL THE WORLD (By Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, narrated by Joanne Woodward) This story follows a circle of family and friends over the course of a day and shows the importance of all things great and small in our world.

CROW CALL By Lois Lowry, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, narrated by Julia Fein) Liz and her father, who has been away at war for longer than she can remember, begin their journey to reconnect.

ELIZABETI’S DOLL (By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, illustrated by Christy Hale, narrated by Lynn Whitfield) When her new baby brother arrives, Elizabeti, a young Tanzanian girl, longs to care for something of her own.

BONUS FEATURES: Interview with Children Make Terrible Pets Author/Illustrator Peter Brown; Interview with All The World Illustrator Marla Frazee; Interview with Crow Call Author Lois Lowry; An awesome Read-Along fantastic for early and beginner readers

The DVD runtime is 42 minutes plus extras. You can watch this DVD easily in one sitting or you can break it up and use it perhaps in a lesson plan too! There’s a coloring sheet you can print out for your children or students on the New Kideo website.

If you are interested in purchasing, Children Make Terrible Pets and more stories about family it can be purchased on for $13.46 as a of this posting. I highly recommending adding this DVD to your own personal collection, library, or classoom! 5 stars!

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