The new DVD from the Scholastic Storybook Treasures, Language Learning Collection, Jorge, el monito ciclista, is a great introduction to some classic children's books, as well as a clever way for kids to learn a new language. The set includes three DVDs, with 10 stories, with read-along captioning in either Spanish or English.
Kids will have fun listening to the stories being narrated to them and, depending on their age, also being able to easily flip between the Spanish and English read-along subtitles. So many of the stories are quite well-known and may already be on their bookshelves at home — which will make the Spanish versions even easier to interpret.
The three DVDs are as follows:
Disc 1: Jorge, el monito ciclista, (featuring six stories in Spanish, one in English, with a running time of approximately 72 minutes plus extras, including the Scholastic trailer.)
The first disc includes some classic stories and characters, including Curious George, Chrysanthemum and The Dot, with themes that encourage self reliance and confidence.
Jorge, el monito ciclista - An adventure with the little monkey Curious George, written by H.A. and illustrated by Margaret Rey. There is also an extra version of the story in English. George is gifted with a new bicycle from the man in the yellow hat and decides to try it out. He soon finds himself downtown, helping deliver papers, sailing boats in a lake, and even being featured in a local circus.
Crisantemo - Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, this is a nice story about a little mouse learning just how special her name is — and learning to not let what others say make her feel bad.
La maravillosa Grace - A lovely story by Mary Hoffman, with illustrations by Caroline Birch. Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind on — that no one can hold her back.
Por que los mosquitos zumban en los oidos de la gente - A fun story by Verna Aardema, with illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon. Based on the African folktale, the story tells the reason behind why the mosquito buzzes, and how that has affected all the animals (and why when we see a mosquito we want to swat it).
Silvestre y la piedrecita magica - Another classic tale, this one written and illustrated by William Steig. Sylvester the donkey makes some wishes on a magic pebble and his wishes come true — which may not be the best thing for Sylvester.