The wheels on the bus go round and round, and Judge David Johnson can not look away.
You see there are these wheels. And they're on this bus. And they go round and round!
Scholastic has packaged two if its hardest-hitting kids DVD into a special "travel kit," which also includes a 13-song CD, a 34-page activity booklet, crayons and travel tips for parents. A gas card would have been appreciated, but this collection should be enough to keep the toddlers engaged for a little while at least.
The Wheels on the Bus
Sixty-seven minutes, seven stories, ranging from old-school ("Hush Little Baby") to fairly new ("Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!"). There is no particular theme that ties the stories to together, which I figure should work in keeping things varied for the young viewers. Extras: the Spanish version of "Musical Max," an interview with author Bob Barner, read-along capabilities (the subtitled words are highlighted at they are spoken) and discussion questions.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Sixty-five minutes, eight songs/stories and just as eclectic. You've got stuff from the 1950s and the late'90s. Really, though, a song about a frog looking to hook up is timeless.
There you have it, almost 140 minutes worth of content (full frame, 2.0 stereo) for the back of the minivan. The musical-heavy Disc 2 might be enough to drive the adults off the deep end, especially if the kids get to singing "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" over and over. But it's better than incessant slap fights, right? Add the CD, the activity booklet (mazes, coloring, etc.) and the crayons and you have a decent assembly of materials.
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