Storybook classics on the small screen

storybook-classics-dvdYou swore you wouldn’t allow your child to watch DVDs.

That was before you had kids.

Before you had to make dinner or work from home with darling, but demanding ankle-biters at your feet.

Here’s an award-winning series of animated children’s videos that you won’t feel guilty about turning on when you just need to get something done.

Scholastic Storybook Treasures’ MY VERY FIRST TREASURY OF 50 STORYBOOK CLASSICS: PRESCHOOL STORIES features many all-time children’s classics. Think your all-time childhood favorites like “Harold and The Purple Crayon,” “Corduroy” “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel” and “The Snowy Day”.

There are also newer stories, such my 2-year-old son’s favorites, “Good Night Gorilla,” “Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” “Is Your Mama a Llama?” and the very parent-friendly “Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Willems.

I’m particularly smitten with the sing-along favorites that include an endearing version of John Langstaff’s 1957 “Over the Meadow.” Thanks to the DVD, that classic book has turned into a favorite bedtime lullaby at our house. And the crooning skeleton band in “Dem Bones” works as a solid bribe for a whine-free naptime.

This brand-new 7-DVD set, released March 31, is perfect for children ages 2 to 6, preschool children who can already read picture books, or are just learning about letters and words. Cost: $49.95. Order yours here.

The only problem is, the DVD set is so good, you, too, will be drawn in and dinner will just have to wait.

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