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The Red Hen and more cooking stories
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The disc has four tales as I've mentioned and runs just shy of an hour. A big surprise on this set is the presence of star power in two of the narrated stories. Lily Tomlin and Michael McKean present two of the tales, and I was not expecting a celebrity presence. The only Bonus Feature is a cake recipe that you might want to try out with your little bakers.
Here are the four included stories which promote themes such as Problem Solving, Cooperation and Friendship:
1) The Red Hen: Speaking of aspiring bakers, the hen in this piece has quite a passion for it. Rather charming.
2) Bread Comes To Life: This is the Tomlin narration, and my personal favorite in the set. With its limited focus, it really does teach you about the process of making bread which I think the little ones will love.
3) How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?: As you might imagine, dinosaurs don't have the best manners! This is good for the smaller viewers as it models appropriate behavior.
4) Arnie The Doughnut: As our hero is about to be eaten (he is a doughnut), he quickly serves up some life lessons to avoid this fate. Gruesome, when you think about it, but amusing in McKean's narration.
I really liked the specificity of this set as lots of kids have a genuine interest in helping out in the kitchen. Also, sometimes I fear we're losing an interest in storytelling, tradition, and even reading. For emphasizing just these elements in releases such as this, I will continue to be a strong supporter of the Scholastic Storybook Treasures series. KGHarris, 2/13.