1/28/2011

Scholastic Storybook Treasures Duke Ellington ... and more stories to celebrate great figures in African American history

Duke Ellington
Scholastic Storybook Treasures 
Duke Ellington ... and more stories to celebrate great figures in African American history



HEROES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY COME TO LIFE IN A NEW SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES™ DVD

Just in time for Black History Month, celebrate African American history with DUKE ELLINGTON…AND MORE STORIES TO CELEBRATE GREAT FIGURES IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY, a historic and musical collection of four unforgettable stories lovingly adapted for the small screen from best-selling picture books.  Featuring captivating narration by Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad, Samuel L. Jackson and Billy Dee Williams, bonus features on the DVD include Read Along captioning and discussion questions.


Stories featured include:
·         Duke Ellington (based on the story by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Bran Pinkney, narrated by Forest Whitaker). A most fitting tribute to a great man who proudly celebrated the history of African-Americans, from slavery to civil rights struggles.
·         Ellington Was Not a Street (based on the story by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, narrated by Phylicia Rashad). A poetic tribute about growing up amidst many of the great figures in African American History.
·         Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of Vocal Virtuosa (based on the story Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, narrated by Billy Dee Williams). The dramatic story of how Ella got her sound, on the way to a most remarkable and inspiring career.
·         John Henry (based on the story by Julius Lester, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson). Based on the famous African-American folk ballad, this story tells of the legendary contest between a spirited man with a hammer and a steam drill. 


Format: DVD/Single
Run time: 70 mins. + extras
Price: $14.95srp
Street Date: February 1

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My Thoughts

My children and I enjoyed watching and learning about Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, John Henry and the many other important African American figures in U.S. history.

As a child Duke Ellington dreaded practicing on the piano. He gave it up! But one day he heard the piano with new senses. The handsome Duke became one of the most famous jazz musician and composers ever.

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of Vocal Virtuosa was written by Andrea Davis Pinkney. You may not believe it but Ella started out dancing before she became a popular vocalist. She was one bright and shining star. 

In the story of Ellington Was Not a Street, the author pays tribute to many influential and talented African American figures like Dizzy Gillespie, the Clovers, Sonny Til and many more.

John Henry comes to life in infamous folk tale ballad written by Julius Lester. You may have read or seen stories written about John Henry before but this one has a different twist to it. As usual, the illustrators have out done themselves.


~GAhome2mom
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Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a free copy of Scholastic Storybook Treasures Duke Ellington ... and more stories to celebrate great figures in African American history on DVD for this review. Also, the DVD posting information was provided by Beth Blenz-Clucas through Weston Woods® Studios & Newkideo(http://www.newkideo.com//http://www.scholastic.com/).  Thank you.

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