On the days when it's sweltering hot outside and I'm going nuts trying to keep my 2 year old busy, I'll admit that I sometimes turn to the DVD player for help. I like showing DVDs to my son because I can monitor what he watches and there aren't annoying commercials targeting him to want want want.
We recently got to watch The Rosemary Wells Collection ($19.95) from Scholastic Storybook Treasures, which will be available on August 3rd.
I remember receiving a copy of her book "Read to Your Bunny" as a gift from our local library, which is given to all children/babies who join the library. We read it pretty frequently at naptime. How cool that it was on one of the stories on this DVD collection! You might be more familiar with Max and Ruby, or even Noisy Nora, other popular books by Wells.
Soren and I liked the DVD, though some of the material was beyond his level, like "Otto Runs for President", since well, Soren has no idea what the conflict in that story is. However, we did enjoy the segments with Max and Ruby, which we'll be finding books about in the very near future. There are segments narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal and a performance on "Read to Your Bunny" by Mary Chapin Carpenter.
I love how Scholastic takes classic stories and turns them into animated shorts, yet retains the illustrations and narrative of the original book, unlike a lot of film adaptations of late, and can definitely see buying more of these classics in the future.
If you're a big fan of Rosemary Wells, definitely check out The Rosemary Wells Collection from Scholastic Storybook Treasures.
Disclosure: I received a copy of The Rosemary Wells Collection from Scholastic for review purposes.