Kids aggravating you? Forgo the Benadryl, says Judge David Johnson, and park them in front of the tube for some Leo Lionni fun!
Forty years of happy kids can't be wrong.
Leo Lionni is a legendary children's book writer whose colorful, unorthodox illustration methods, combined with stories with moral themes, have made him an enduring name in preschools across the country.
This disc includes five Leo Lionni stories, all adapted straight from his published works. With the trademark illustrations still in place, these stories are literally moving versions of the books. The five stories are as follows:
• "Fish Is Fish"
• "It's Mine"
All five of these stories, running at about ten minutes each, are charming. They are, however, certainly geared toward the preschool age; I would say two- to four-year-olds would be the ideal demographic. Kindergarteners might appreciate the visceral appeal but would probably find the subject matter too young. Potheads might also find the vivid color and sometime surreal imagery engaging as well.
While I attended grad school I worked in a preschool with three-year-olds. They loved Lionni, which is a testament to the staying power of the author, whose stories on this disc date as far back as 1967.
Scholastic has packaged three additional stories with the disc: "Each Peach, Pear, Plum," "Hush Little Baby," and "Let's Give Kitty a Bath." None of these inclusions have anything to do with Lionni, and they are actually pretty dated, but toddlers won't care.
For those looking for some entertaining, quality stories with a point, Lionni can't be beat. Take a gander at Swimmy.
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