8/30/2011

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


DRAMATIC STORIES TO LIFT THE SPIRITS ARE HIGHLIGHTED BY THE ACCLAIMED "THE MAN WHO WALKED BETWEEN THE TOWERS” IN AN INSPIRATIONAL AND TIMELY NEW DVD FROM SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES

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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Scholastic Storybook Treasures presents Jorge, El Curioso





The Language Learning Collection
MAKE LEARNING A SECOND LANGUAGE FUN WITH CURIOUS GEORGE (JORGE EL CURIOSO) IN SCHOLASTIC’S NEW LANGUAGE LEARNING COLLECTION

Just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15), Scholastic Storybook Treasures releases a singular collection for learning a second language with THE LANGUAGE LEARNING COLLECTION FEATURING JORGE EL MONITO CICLISTA.  Featuring celebrity narration by Cheech Marin, Luis Guzman and others, this fun-filled collection with Curious George, Harry the Dirty Dog, Chato’s Kitchen, and more is perfect for both native English speakers y hablantes nativos de Espanol!

Containing 18 beautifully illustrated, award-winning stories from Scholastic, the three-DVD set features the stories in both Spanish and English and includes: Jorge, el monito ciclista (Curious George Rides a Bike), Crisantemo (Chrysanthemum), La Maravillosa Grace (Amazing Grace), Por Que los Mosquitos Zumban en los Oidos de la Gente (Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears), Silvestre y la Piedrecita Magica (Sylvester and the Magic Pebble), El Punto (The Dot), Chato y su Cena (Chato's Kitchen), Chato Y Los Amigos Pachangueros (Chato and the Party Animals), Harry El Perrito Sucio, (Harry The Dirty Dog), and Que Bonito Es Panama! (Panama).

Studies show that second language learning not only improves a child’s linguistic abilities, but their cognitive and creative abilities as well, and with over three million U.S. Spanish students attending primary school, it’s never too early to get a head-start on another language with THE LANGUAGE LEARNING COLLECTION!

Format: DVD/3 Discs
Run time: 156 mins. + extras
Price: $24.95srp
Street Date: August 30




My Thoughts

George has always been a family favorite. And now, if you speak Spanish you can listen to this new Storybook Treasures Collection. You can also learn Spanish with George(Curious George Rides A Bike) is Harry, el perrito sucio(Harry the Dirty Dog) and Chato y su cena(Chato's Kitchen).

This box set comes in Spanish narration with Spanish and English "Read-Along" and English narration with Spanish and English"Read-Along".  2 hrs, 36 mins Recommended for ages 5 - 9

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8/20/2011

Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important

NEW RELEASE!
Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important
Chicken Joe by Trout Fishing in America
A new story and original songs from Trout Fishing in America
Due September 6, 2011 from The Secret Mountain

Montreal, Summer 2011 - Chicken Joe, the cat who sleeps in the hen house, is happily dreaming about rock and roll. A rooster’s raucous crow wakes him up way too early. Everyone on the farm knows today is a special day, but in his sleepy morning haze, Chicken Joe can’t remember just what it is. Even Joe’s best friend, a city dog named Miss Kitty, won’t tell him. Find out why this is Chicken Joe’s big day in Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important, the latest book-and-CD release from The Secret Mountain (September 6, 2011). Get a sneak preview now.
 
The hilarious sequel to the first My Name Is Chicken Joe book and CD that Trout Fishing in America released with The Secret Mountain in 2009, Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important offers gentle messages about friendship and forgetfulness. After all, cats who need 16 or 17 hours of sleep each day are bound to miss a few things going on in the barnyard. They need a little help from their friends.
 
The new story, written and spryly narrated by Trout Fishing in America’s Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet, is illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. The spoken-word tale is followed by 11 original songs relating to the story, from the rousing “Rock and Roll Roosters” to the lush and bluegrassy “Through the Pines” to the deep and wistful “Where Did Everybody Go?”  These new songs carry on the tradition of Trout Fishing in America, a nationally touring acoustic/folk rock duo whose music has garnered four Grammy nominations and legions of devoted fans.  The characters in the story and all of the songs were inspired by real people and animals in Ezra and Keith’s lives. The song “Hello, My Chicken Thinks He’s a Dog” was written during a workshop with 6th graders in their home state of Arkansas.
 
The Secret Mountain is dedicated to the creation of children’s books, videos and music of the highest quality. The French imprint – La Montagne Secrète – is considered to be one of the most original and innovative children’s publishing houses in Canada and France. The company recently made its United States debut with music, DVDs and books.

More Information about The Secret Mountain:

Selected Trout Fishing in America Family Concerts
September 9 and 10 - Barndance Festival, Taos, NM
September 12 - Nightbird Books, Fayetteville, AR
September 21 - Family Resource Center, Pittsburg, KS
September 23 - Barnes & Noble, Baton Rouge, LA
September 25 - Symphony Space, NYC: "A Secret Mountain Celebration"
October 1 - Family Fun Fest, No. Little Rock, AR
October 6 -  Alma Performing Arts Center, AR
October 13 - Univ. of Arkansas, Morrilton, AR
October 27  - Newport Center for the Arts, Newport, AR
November 12 - FACE Family Series, Spring, TX
November 17 - Carson Center, Paducah, KY
November 19 - Clay Center, Walker Theater, Charleston, WV
December 4 - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL



DJ and PRESS CONTACT:
Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR

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8/19/2011

Rawhide Dental Rolls


Rawhide Dental Rolls 15 pk
 Rawhide Dental Rolls


Charley
Charley our Chocolate Labrador Retriever loves the Rawhide Dental Rolls that we buy from Sam's Club. He thinks he is getting an treat when actually he is helping protect his teeth from tartar and fighting plaque. It makes his breath fresher too. Why not help keep your dogs teeth clean and strong with Rawhide Dental Rolls?

Specifics: 100 % Natural and made from Free Range Cattle

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8/17/2011

Summer's First Day of School

First Day of School

First Grader ~ Summer 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011 was our first day of homeschool for this year. Our youngest is a new first grader at the age of five years old and her older sister started the tenth grade. 


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8/14/2011

Back to School Giveaways

B2S2011
Just Another New Blog and Busy Working Mama are going back to school! Well our kids are, and to celebrate it, they are hosting a month-long Back to School event.  Check out some of the sponsors:


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8/11/2011

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C28 Christian Clothing $500 Shopping Spree

C28 Christian Clothing $500 Shopping Spree

Sign up at Facebook for a chance to win a $500 Shopping Spree at C28 Christian Clothing for BACK to SCHOOL. Hurry this contest ends August 15th, 201. The winner will be announced via Facebook on August 18th, 2011.

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8 Tips for Teaching Your Kids Good Manners


8 Tips for Teaching Your Kids Good Manners

By Jamell Andrews

After a generations-long decline in the emphasis on manners when raising children, many 21st-century parents are rediscovering the importance of instilling values of politeness and decorum in their kids. Children who have good manners are better behaved in general, but they also tend to go far in the world because they know how to ingratiate themselves to others in all types of social situations. And ultimately, manners are not just arbitrary rules imposed for no good reason. They help create an ordered society of mutually respectful individuals. So even if you find that manners are not what they used to be, parents can still make a positive difference one child at a time.

When it comes to teaching kids manners, there is no need to get bogged down in the details. Instead, place emphasis on being respectful toward others and avoiding selfishness. Here are some of the best ways to instill these values.

1. Lead by example. If you want your kids to behave according to good social decorum, be a model of polite behavior. If you have lost some of the lessons you learned from your parents and grandparents, read a book or two on the subject. Practice good manners even when your kids are not around.

2. Make good manners fun. Teaching kids good manners does not have to be all about giving lectures or scolding them when they do not behave perfectly. Instead, make it into a sort of game, and do not forget to praise and reward them when they consistently do a good job.

3. Provide positive reinforcement. Instead of focusing on any of the negative behaviors your child may exhibit, praise her for doing things well. For example, when she says “thank you” or asks politely for something, tell her that she did it just perfectly.

4. Encourage good manners in the household. Good manners are not confined to our interactions with non-family members. Kids can also practice good manners toward their siblings and parents. Make it a household philosophy, even if taking pains to be polite sometimes seems silly in the comfortable home setting.

5. Provide opportunities to practice. Although it is possible for everyone in the household to always practice good manners toward each other, it helps to give the kids opportunities to show how polite they can be around people who are not in the family. Have family or friends over regularly, and provide your kids plenty of semiformal contexts in which to practice everything they learn.

6. When they are ready, dine out. Kids with bad manners are the bane of wait staff (not to mention other diners) at restaurants, but kids who know how to behave well can be a joy for everyone involved. When you think your kids are ready to behave well in a public place, start taking them out for dinner once in a while. Let them know that if they behave well, you will go out again in a few weeks or months.

7. Start with the fundamentals. The fundamentals of good manners are saying please when you ask for something and thank you when someone gives you something. If your kids learn nothing else about manners, make sure they know this, as it will endear them to their elders, higher-ups, and peers in all kinds of social and professional situations throughout life.

8. Point out others’ errors. When you are with your child and you witness someone else behaving impolitely, use this as a teaching moment. You can simply point it out to your child, or, if you have time, ask your child what that person did that was impolite and what they should have done instead.

Jamell Andrews is an accomplished writer who believes in the power of homeopathic medicine. She is a regular contributor to the Parenting Journals.

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Limited Time! T-Shirt SALE

 ZAZZLE t-ShirT SaLe!!!

$5 Off All T-shirts! Get In Gear For School - Limited Time!        
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The girls and I want to invite you to visit our ZAZZLE shops.

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8/10/2011

What's Up?

Dinosaur Train
Dinosaur Train



Dinosaur Train - Dinosaur Big City movie is coming to PBS August 22,2011{Watch the trailer} If you homeschool be sure to check out the lesson plan section on PBS Teachers. What a fun way to introduce your child to science!

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