El Punto - Another story encouraging childern to believe in their abilites, written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Vashti thinks she can't draw until her teacher encourages her.
Disc 2: Chato y su Cena, (featuring four stories, three in Spanish, one in English, with read-along in Spanish or English, and a running time of approximately 48 minutes).
The second disc features the coolest cat in the barrio, Chato, and his very hip neighborhood pals. Adapted from books by Gary Soto, with wonderful and lively illustrations by Susan Guevara. they are fun and funny adaptations that kids will love.
Chato y su Cena, and the English version, Chato's Kitchen, are both narrated by Cheech Marin. In the first story Chato invites a family of mice to "dinner."
Chato y los amigos pachangueros and the English version, Chato and the Party Animals, narrated by Luis Guzman. Chato throws a surprise birthday party for best buddy Novio Boy. He invites everyone he knows in the barrio — except the guest of honor!
Disc 3: Harry, el perrito sucio (featuring four stories, two in Spanish, two in English, with read-along in Spanish or English, and a running time of approximately 40 minutes).
Both of these charming stories featuring animals will delight children.
Harry, el perrito sucio, and the English version, Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham, narrated by Bruce Johnson. Kids will love how Harry, who hates taking a bath, manages to avoid it for quite a while, and has a great time running around town while he puts off the inevitable. Especially fun is how this white dog changes to a black one and than back again.
Que Bonita es Panama! and the English version, Panama, written and illustrated by Janosch, narrated by Judy Duris. Is Panama really a better place for the little bear and his friends than where they are already?
The stories are geared towards kids five to nine years old, but I enjoyed brushing up on my high school Spanish with my seven-year-old, and challenging myself to listen and read the Spanish captioning, and I suspect most other parents will do the same. Scholastic Storybook Treasures, Language Learning Collection, Jorge, el monito ciclista is fun for the whole family - stories to enjoy and Spanish vocabulary and phrases to learn.