Scholastic Storybook Treasures presents The Man Who Walked Between The Towers...


One of the most exciting and memorable stories in the history of the World Trade Towers is that of Philippe Petit, a French man who walked a tightrope between the massive monuments in 1974.  As we approach the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, the amazing story of Petit’s daring feat between the world’s tallest buildings is the title tale on a new Scholastic Storybook Treasures release: THE MAN WHO WALKED BETWEEN THE TOWERS …AND MORE INSPIRING TALES.  Narrated by Oscar® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, this is an animated adaptation of the lyrical Caldecott Award-winning book by Mordecai Gerstein.  Directed and animated by Michael Sporn, with music by Michael Bacon (of the Bacon Brothers), the production is created for children ages 5 to 10. 

Other stories on this inspiring DVD include Miss Rumphius, the true story of Miss Rumphius who made the world a more beautiful place with a handful of seeds (narrated by Claire Danes); Crow Boy, a small boy who is different from the others and who gains acceptance when he imitates the voices of crows in the school talent show; and The Dinosaurs of Warehouse Hawkins, written by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick and narrated by Jonathan Pryce, the awe-inspiring tale of how Warehouse Hawkins built the first life-sized dinosaur model that stunned the world.

Bonus Features: Interviews with author Barbara Kerley and illustrator Brian Selnick of The Dinosaurs of Warehouse Hawkins; Spanish version of Miss Rumphius; Read-Along
Format: DVD/Single
Run time: 58 mins. + extras
Price: $14.95srp
Street Date: August 30

My Thoughts

Scholastic's Storybook Treasures offers four wonderful new stories for our children to watch and learn from. Through colorful illustrations and animation, the stories are brought to life beautifully on the screen. Voice work by popular celebs fill in the narration of each story along with music and sound effects. My children were captivated by the drawings on the tv and sat there quietly  the entire time! Now to the stories!

The first story in the collection is "The Man Who Walked Between The Towers." This story begins in August 7, 1974 when a talented performer decides to suddenly walk between the twin towers. It was a really charming story told in a lighthearted fashion. 

Next is the "Crow Boy." The Crow Boy is a moral-based story about a young Japanese child named Chibi. Chibi is different from the other kids in many ways, which causes him to be rejected by his teachers and schoolmates. The story is not at all sad though, because Chibi has an extra special talent that surprises everyone. Don't worry, I won't spoil it!

The third story "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins" is a true story told in a very fun way. This story takes place in London, 1853, where Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins is asked by the Queen to make dinosaur statues for a museum. Turns out, Waterhouse is one of the first men to develop the likeness of dinosaurs for us. Many people in the past knew they existed but had no idea what the flesh on those ancient bones looked like. This is where Waterhouse steps in.

The fourth is Miss Rumphius. It starts off with a young girl named Alice, who wants to explore the world. She fulfills her dreams of adventure, but then finds herself in a predicament. Her father, a carpenter, once told her to make the world more beautiful with whatever talents she possessed. 
Desiring to achieve this, a now aged Alice sows tons and tons of Lupine flower seeds all over her hometown in Christmas Cove, Maine. What's fun about this story is that it is also true. 

This DVD set was so much fun to watch. I went away completely satisfied and happy to have learned more in such a fun and fanciful way. My children also enjoyed it just as much as I did, and that in turn makes me happy. I can't wait to see what Scholastic releases next!

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1 comment:

  1. Hey, I remember that book from when I was a kid. I really liked it. Thanks for reminding me. I'll have to make my kids read it someday. It really helps theircritical thinking skills.


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