Review and giveaway: Stellaluna DVD from Scholastic/New Kideo

February 28, 2012

We love the book Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon. It tells the story of a fruit bat named Stellaluna who is separated from her mother as an infant and is raised by a family of birds, who are a lot like her, but also very different.

Stellaluna was a featured book on Reading Rainbow, which is good enough of an endorsement for me! It is a good tool for teaching science lessons about bats and birds to kids; for example, we have had lots of discussions about nocturnal and diurnal behavior.

We were excited to receive a copy of the newest movie version of Stellaluna which was released on DVD last week by Scholastic/New Video Group. Here’s the official plot summary:

“When the adorable young fruit bat Stellaluna is separated from her mother, she’s adopted by a family of birds. Soon, however, she discovers that she just can’t fit in. Her playmates like to sleep at night; she wants to fly. They whistle and sing; she doesn’t even have a beak! But just when it seems like Stellaluna will always be an outsider, she makes an amazing discovery that will help her to cherish the things that make her different.”

We are huge fans of Scholastic movies, especially the Scholastic Storybook Treasures Collection, which provides animated versions of classic children’s storybooks. Stellaluna is a little different, in that it’s not just an animated reading of the book. In order to make it more of a feature-length there are new characters and storylines that have been added. I have to admit that I’m more partial to movies that are an exact retelling of the book, but most movies don’t do that. This movie provided my girls and me with the opportunity to talk about similarities and differences between the book and movie. It’s something that we often do with books that have movie versions. I always insist on reading the book first, and then we watch the movie. We did this with James & the Giant Peach, Heidi, and a number of other books.

Another thing I like about this movie is that it comes with an activity book that you can copy and have your children color. There is also a printable coloring sheet available:

Would you like to win a copy of this DVD for your family? Here’s how to enter:

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To enter to win, just leave a comment below letting me what your favorite children’s movie is. That’s it! (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to thriftychristy.com to leave your comment.)

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Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday March 5. I will choose a winner on Tuesday March 6 using random.org and will contact them via email.

Thanks to New Kideo (the children’s division of New Video Productions) and Scholastic for providing me with a copy of Stellaluna to review and one to give away. All opinions in this review are solely my own. Giveaway open to US readers only.

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