We love the Scholastic Video Collection because it presents
stories that stay true to the children's books on which they are
based. You won't find fancy animation here. The stories collected on
this DVD are narrated stories rather than movie adaptations. As
such, they encourage the concept of storytelling and reading,
effectively celebrating some of the world’s most celebrated books!
The feature story is based on the book of the same name by Karma
Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman. A slumbering bear snores
away in his lair, and he "snores on" through howling and growling
winds, visits from a variety of forest animals like Mouse and Hare
who build a fire and make popcorn.
The next story, Waiting for
Wings, is "narrated" through a song. Children learn about
beginnings, middles, and ends as the eggs transform into
caterpillars and then butterflies.
The third feature story, Come on, Rain!, is a story about
summer heat. Tess is waiting for rain, and when it does come, there
is a real celebration. We feel the little girl's delight as she
declares, "The rain has made us new."
The DVD edition includes two
bonus stories, Snow Cat and Time of Wonder. A
read-along feature is especially educational.
Social Skills/Messages: This DVD celebrates storytelling
and plugs the joys and pleasures of books. The stories in this
edition encourage appreciation for nature and the seasons, as well
as cultural diversity.
Best For: Ages 2-6 and up.
For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Bear Snores On... and More Stories to Celebrate the Seasons (Scholastic Video Collection) (DVD edition)
Reviewed: October 2005