So You Want to Be President? DVD




NEW YORK -- Just in time for President’s Day (February 15), Scholastic Storybook Treasures  releases SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT?
...AND MORE STORIES TO CELEBRATE AMERICAN HISTORY, a humorous and educational DVD.  The DVD includes an all-new animated adaptation of Judith St. George’s Caldecott Medal-winning book, So You Want to Be President?, narrated by Emmy® Award-winning actress Stockard Channing, and other stories about America’s vibrant political life. The perfect gift for young citizens ages 5 and up, the DVD will be available in stores and at newkideo.com on February 9 for $14.95srp.

The lead tale, So You Want to be President? – one of four animated stories on the DVD – is a lighthearted roundup of anecdotes and trivia cast as a guide to aspiring presidential candidates: for example, it might boost your odds of being elected if your name is James (the moniker of six former presidents) or if your place of birth was a humble dwelling (“You probably weren't born in a log cabin. That’s too bad. People are crazy about log-cabin Presidents. They elected eight”).

Additional stories include the adaptation of My Senator and Me: A Dog’s Eye View of Washington D.C., a tail-waggingly funny story written by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy; Madam President, based on the witty book about a girl who dreams of occupying the Oval Office, written and illustrated by Lane Smith; and I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote, based on the book by Linda Arms White. The last story tells how one girl's gumption propels her through a life filled with challenges until, in 1869, she wins the vote for women in Wyoming Territory.

The SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES series hails from the vaults of Weston Woods Studios, world-renowned for their careful film and video adaptations of best-selling children’s storybooks. Librarians and teachers around the country have long been using these very same productions, created by Weston Woods Studios with authors and illustrators, to enhance their students’ pre-reading experiences. Founded more than 50 years ago, and now a division of Scholastic, Weston Woods continues to produce top-notch video storytelling.


My children and I enjoyed watching this DVD together. One of our favorite stories was "So You Want to Be President?". We learned many fun facts about many of our past presidents. Stockard Channing did a great job of narrating this story as well. 

The second story is about a dog named Splash. Splash takes you on  a tour of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Splash was the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy's family pet. 

The third story of this collection is entitled, Madam President. This is a cute story about a little girl that imagines herself as President. Finally,  we have the true story written by Linda Arms White called "I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote".  This is a inspirational story for young girls because it teaches that you can obtain your dreams despite your gender. 

In conclusion, there are special interviews with Lane Smith and Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Splash the tour guide. I would highly recommend this DVD as part of your family or homeschool library.

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