We own over 20 Scholastic Video dvd's and The Wheels on the Bus is one of our favorites. We first got it from the library and my daughter just loved it. She was so thrilled when I bought in on-line. This dvd has 6 stories. The main 4 stories are sung. The first extra story (I Want A Dog) is read, but it does have a song a couple of times in it. The last story is just read; no songs at all.
The Wheels on the Bus is based on the book by Paul Zelinsky. When my oldest daughter, now 15, was little we had this book. It's a really neat moving parts book. I am now looking for it for my 4 year old. The story on the dvd is animated and just like the pictures in the book.
Dem Bones is kind of educational; at the end a narrators voice talks about all the bones of the skeleton and then the song is sung again. This one is also animated.
Over in the Meadow is my favorite and it's so cute to hear my daughter try to sing along. I like the song/melody so much that I ordered the book by the same author and illustrator (we'll be able to sing it and see the pictures without always having to put the dvd in). This story, on the dvd, has very little animation; mostly just still shots of the pictures from the book.
I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly is an old one from 1964; before I was born. The animation is the old cartoonish style. This is sung by Burl Ives. It's not one of my favorites....but I've never been overly crazy about that story anyway.
I Want a Dog is another one of my favorites on this dvd. There is a song in the story and it's great. I find myself singing it throughout the day after we've watched it (boy, do I gotta get out, or what??). It is a very catchy song. This has cute animation and is very colorful. I think I'll have to try to find this book also to add to our collection.
The Chinese Violin is probably my least favorite on this dvd, only because I'm not crazy with the illustrations. This is animated also. The violin is totally different than the typical violin that you might think of, so that always sparks my child to tell me that it's not a real violin (to which, of course, I have to explain that it's just a different kind). The voice, I believe, is a child. He sounds like an Asian boy and I do like the voice of the narrator...it goes very well with the story. It is a bit long and my daughter often doesn't sit through it.
Overall, I think this dvd is a great one to add to your collection. I know it will be a favorite with us for a long time. You can also put the words on the screen so you can sing along, which is nice. Some of our other favorite Scholastic dvd's are Chrysanthemum, Swimmy, Harry the Dirty Dog, and Bark George.