DVD Giveaway: The Complete Series of The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series

The Magic School Bus celebrates the excellent idea of field trips as a vehicle for supplementing the education of children outside of the classroom, but Ms. Frizzle takes it even further combining magic with science for animated adventures sure to enrich the learning of science with elementary children. This complete series of all 52 episodes is a resource all teachers and parents will benefit from having it in their DVD collections. Selecting episodes to supplement curriculum in the classroom or interests at home will add enthusiasm and adventures to various fields of science.

Not many children’s brands can stand the test of time, entertaining and educating multiple generations. The Magic School Bus, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, is one such brand. This month the Emmy Award winning TV series has been re-launcehd to DVD, The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series, bringing together all 52 episodes of the program on 8 DVDs… and Hilltown Families has a set to giveaway to one very lucky family! Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, October 2nd by 7pm (EST). Find out how to win below.

ABOUT THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS

The Magic School Bus (Scholastic) has been capturing children’s imaginations since the first book came out in 1986. Since then, the acclaimed series has sold over 60 million books and spawned a successful animated TV series, which premiered in 1994, with support from The National Science Foundation. Now the longest-running science series to air on television, the star-studded program features the voices of Lily Tomlin, Wynonna Judd, Dolly Parton, Tony Randall and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Along with the adventurous and energetic Ms. Frizzle and her pet lizard, Liz, the entire class – along with the audience –invites students to explore volcanoes, the inside of the human body and much, much more! www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series DVD collection ($79.95 value) is as easy as 1-2-3(4)!  To enter to win simply:

  • CONSIDER SHARING THIS POST ON FACEBOOK by selecting the Facebook icon below;
  • POST A QUESTION BELOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR OUR WEEKLY QUESTION & ANSWER COLUMN TO BE ANSWERED BY OUR COMMUNITY OF READERS (one entry per household);
  • FULL NAME (first/last);
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) (must include your town to be eligible);
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address);
  • From our favorite entries (so make them good!) we’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, October 2nd by 7pm (EST).

Musical Ways to Discover Heroes of African American History

Heroes of African American History Come to Life on Radio & DVD

Three ways to discover heroes of African American history!

Music is a terrific avenue for kids to discover African American heroes during Black History Month, with a couple of opportunities offered right here on Hilltown Families.

The Hilltown Family Variety Show Black History Month Episode showcased leading musicians who comprise an African American heritage this month, introducing listeners to many great musicians, including Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. Listen to the podcast here.

♦ Check out this DVD released by Scholastic Storybook Treasures, Duke Ellington …and more stories to celebrate great figures in African American history, a historic and musical collection of four stories adapted from best-selling picture books.  Stories featured include:

  • Duke Ellington (based on the story by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Bran Pinkney, narrated by Forest Whitaker). A most fitting tribute to a great man who proudly celebrated the history of African-Americans, from slavery to civil rights struggles.
  • Ellington Was Not a Street (based on the story by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, narrated by Phylicia Rashad). A poetic tribute about growing up amidst many of the great figures in African American History.
  • Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of Vocal Virtuosa (based on the story Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, narrated by Billy Dee Williams). The dramatic story of how Ella got her sound, on the way to a most remarkable and inspiring career.
  • John Henry (based on the story by Julius Lester, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson). Based on the famous African-American folk ballad, this story tells of the legendary contest between a spirited man with a hammer and a steam drill.

DVD Giveaway: 100 Award-Winning and Classic Children’s Stories

Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics

Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics is a 17-DVD collection of 100 award-winning and classic children's stories ($100 value). Would make a great holiday gift! Deadline to enter to win is 11/30/10 @ 7pm (EST)

One hundred award-winning and classic children’s stories are faithfully adapted and brought to life in the Scholastic Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics #2, a fabulous 17-DVD collection… and Hilltown Families has a collection to giveaway to one lucky family. Would make a great holiday gift ($100 value)! Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, November 30th by 7pm (EST). Find out how to win below.

ABOUT SCHOLASTIC TREASURY OF 100 STORYBOOK CLASSICS #2

This comprehensive 17-DVD collection of 100 storybook classics features nearly 20 hours of great entertainment the whole family can enjoy watching together.  Collectively these stories have received more than 115 awards including the prestigious Caldecott Medal and Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video. Narrated by such celebrities as Stockard Channing, Mia Farrow, Cyndi Lauper, John Lithgow, and many others, the collection includes many classic stories such as: Bark George, Bear Snores On, Caps for Sale, Diary of a Worm, The Dot, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Giggle Giggle Quack, Is Your Mama a Llama?, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, The Night Before Christmas, So You Want to Be President, The Teacher From the Black Lagoon, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin and many, many more.  This collection also includes an innovative read-along function that highlights words as they are read, supporting early literacy skills.  There are several stories read in Spanish too. (Run time: 19hrs., 12 mins. + extras)

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free copy of the Scholastic Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics #2 17-DVD collection, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4-5)! To win simply

  1. RECOMMEND A STORYBOOK CLASSIC FOR OUR COMMUNITY READING LIST,
  2. SHARE THIS PAGE ON FACEBOOK BY SELECTING “LIKE” BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  3. FULL NAME and where you
  4. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who participate and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, November 30th 2010. @ 7pm (EST).

HFVS Weekly Giveaway: Two Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD’s (bumped)

Two DVD’s:  Chrysanthemum and Click, Clack, Moo

Scholastic Storybook Treasure DVD's

(Editors Note:  We’ve reposted this contest due to error with our comment box.  The deadline has been extended for this one and the comment box is fixed. Good luck!)

THIS WEEKS CONTEST

This week we are offering two Scholastic DVD’s released this year:

  1. Chrysanthemum … And More Mouse Mayhem
  2. Click, Clack Moo: Cows  That Type … And More Amusing Animal Tales

I’ve gushed in the past about how much I like this series, and here is another opportunity on HilltownFamilies.org to add these DVD’s to your families collection of quality entertainment.  Each of these offer a Read-Along function, an excellent tool for encouraging reading in your kids.

Chrysanthemum … And More Mouse Mayhem

Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect – until the kids at school make fun of her (kids can be so cruel!).  It takes a special friend to change her classmates’ minds in this classic by author/illustrator Kevin Henkes and narrated by Meryl Streep.  Five other humorous tales, including two Spanish read-along stories, are included.

Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type … And More Amusing Animal Tales

Cows that type?  Hens on strike?  How can Farmer Brown run his farm with no milk and no eggs?  Find out in the lead story narrated by Randy Travis and adapted from the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin.  Six other amusing animal tales are featured on this moo-riffic DVD!

Fore more info on Scholastic Storybook Treasures, visit www.newkideo.com.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win these two DVD’s from the sereis is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their name and town/state) and contact the winner via email, so be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 10/15/08 @ 7pm (EST).

CONGRATULATIONS TO

  • Libby Maxey of Conway, MA

on winning Shelly Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre (DVD: 7-Disc Collection) via random drawing (click here to read more).  Thanks for participating and please email us your mailing address (hilltownfamilies@gmail.com).

HFVS Weekly Giveaway: Shelly Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre DVD Collection

Shelly Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre (DVD: 7-Disc Collection)

Shelly Duvalls Faerie Tale Theatre 7-Disc (DVD) Collection

Shelly Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre 7-Disc (DVD) Collection

THIS WEEKS CONTEST

My family has always enjoyed Shelly Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre videos. The award-winning series originally broadcast on Showtime with twenty-six classic fairy tales (from the Brothers Grimm to Hans Christian Andersen) that featured Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning talent. This star-powered, critically acclaimed series is an unparalleled treasury of every child’s best-loved tales of enchantment, adventure and wonder, and a video collection that I always feel comfortable sharing with my daughter.

We loved seeing Robin William as the Frog Prince, Billy Crystal as one of the Three Little Pigs; Bernadette Peters and Christopher Reeve as Sleeping Beauty and the Prince Charming; Carrie Fisher as Thumbelina; and a host of additional talent and classic stories.

Until now we’ve only been able to watch these performances on video and there are many we have missed, including the long lost “Grimm Party” episode. This month the complete collection will be release as a 7-disc-collection by Koch Vision. When I heard this I was THRILLED! They sent us a copy to review and offer as part of our weekly giveaway . We were delighted to find that the set also includes a lavish 112-page illustrated storybook and 3-in-1 card game.

I could gush on and on about this series. I just think it is great, wholesome entertainment for the entire family via classic fairy tales and talented directors and actors. It’s an excellent way to introduce your children to quality theatre, acting and traditional stories.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win this complete 7-disc collection is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their name and town/state) and contact the winner via email, so be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 09/17/08 @ 7pm (EST).

CONGRATULATIONS TO

  • Cheryl Free of Fort Wayne, IN
  • Deb O. of Whately, MA
  • Carla Pullum of Palmdale, CA
  • Suzanne Vachet of Indianapolis, IN
  • on winning a copy of Bill Harley’s new DVD (click here to read more). They will receive a copy of Yes to Running.  Thanks for participating and please email us your mailing address (hilltownfamilies@gmail.com).

HFVS Weekly Giveaway: Diary of a Spider DVD

DVD: Diary of a Spider … and more cute critter stories

THIS WEEKS CONTEST

As a general rule with our daughter we don’t encourage mindless television watching; however, a series of videos we do allow her to watch on occasion is the Scholastic/Weston Woods storybook DVD’s. They’re great, and far from mindless! This series is an absolute favorite of ours and can be a lovely way for kids to see their favorite award-winning storybooks come to life. Each story includes a read-along feature which highlights words as they’re read, encouraging my 5 year-old daughter to follow along and discover the fun of reading.

This week we’re offering a Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD. This particular DVD, Diary of a Spider … and more cute critter stories includes five different award winning stories. The title story, adapted from the best-selling picture book by Doreen Cronin, is a sequel to Diary of a Worm, but this time, spider is the star! Kids ages 3-9 will learn about the events in the life of a young arachnid: school (where they have vacuum drills, not fire drills), web-spinning and wind-catching lessons and sleepovers at worm’s house, where spider is concerned that he’ll have to eat leaves and rotten tomatoes. Of the book, Publishers Weekly noted that the story is “filled with verbal high jinks, deadpan humor and visual jokes that offer readers a whimsical glimpse of the world from a small creature’s point of view.” This zany, award-winning animated adaptation is narrated by Angus T. Jones and was directed by Weston Woods Studios’ acclaimed Gene Deitch, and includes a Read-Along option.

Three more cute critter stories feature the Read-Along option: Roberto the Insect Architect by Nina Laden (narrated by Sean Hayes), Norman the Doorman by Don Freeman (narrated by Owen Jordan) and The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg (narrated by Neil Innes). The DVD also includes the bonus tale, The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin Blake (narrated by Amanda Plummer). Running time in nearly 70 minutes

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win free DVD of GREAT storytelling and illustrations is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! Simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE). We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their name and town/state) and contact the winner via email, so be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is 05/28/08 @ 7pm (EST).

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

on winning last weeks contest. She will receive Harmonica Pocket’s new family album Ladybug One and a HFVS T-Shirt Review T-Shirt (limited edition) .

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