The first time my daughter pointed to my t-shirt and said "Mommy, that's from my Wild Things book," I knew I was having an impact. We read like crazy around here, and I keep crossing my fingers that the reading bug that bit both my husband and I a long, long time ago will keep her company throughout the rest of her life.
At her age, the books are "read" by herself in a corner where she makes up a story to match the pages or really read by us before bed or during breaks throughout the day. The Scholastic Read With Me DVD series takes that a step farther. Instead of a traditional movie rendition of their favorite books, the films are animated versions of the books. The words from each page appear at the bottom of the screen, and as the narrator reads, the words he's imparted are highlighted - like that old bouncing ball over the sing-along movies.
We started Jillian's collection with Where the Wild Things Are and Five More Stories by Maurice Sendak in a tribute to my Wild Things shirt and our adventures several nights a month off to the land where the wild things roam with Max. It's helped me introduce her to some of Sendak's other classics, including my old favorite, In the Night Kitchen, which I had somehow forgotten. I've already got it on our library list so we can sit down and pour over the real thing, but the stories on the DVD provide TV fare that we can feel OK allowing our children to watch.
Where the Wild Things Are and Five More Stories by Maurice Sendak is animated with Sendak's original illustrations, retaining the flavor of the fun even as it's redone for a new audience.
Thanks to Scholastic, the DVD is also up for grabs for one Inside Out reader! To enter, check out the Scholastic Store and find your favorite from childhood. Then come back, comment and tell me what it was and whether you've had a chance to share it with your child yet. I'd love to hear suggestions of new books to share with my daughter! For extra entries, grab my badge and/or blog about the contest, then leave the link in comments. The contest will close on Monday, October 27, and it's open to residents of the US and Canada only. Make sure you check back to see if you're a winner, or subscribe to be the first to know about any of our giveaways.
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