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Swimmy & More Classic Leo Lionni Stories [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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Region 1 encoding (requires a North American or multi-region DVD player and NTSC compatible TV. More about DVD formats.)

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Product details

  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000742G24
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,672 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For European Customer 16 April 2009
By Fiorro
This is a Region Free NTSC DVD.
You can play it, if your DVD player supports NTSC.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even mom loves this dvd.... 28 Dec 2007
By Mom Of Many Munchkins - Published on
After reading these reviews I wanted to watch this and see if I liked it enough to add it to our Scholastic Video Collection. I got it on inter-library loan and I just love it. It's one of my favorite Scholastic Video Collection dvd's.

There are quite a lot of short stories on this one. Swimmy, Frederick, Fish is Fish, It's Mine! and Cornelius are all Leo Lionni stories. They all have similar artwork, which is very colorful and stunning. The animation is great. In Swimmy, some of the fish almost sparkle and are psychedelic-like. I hear lots of oohs and aahs. It's very nice to watch and my 4 year old enjoys the stories.

The bonus stories are Each Peach, Pear, Plum (which is kind of a look and find story with no animation. I'm not too crazy that there is a witch in the story), Hush Little Baby (no animation and it's not read but sung) and my daughter's absolute favorite, Let's Give Kitty a Bath. This one is live-action with no dialog. She could watch this Kitty story over and over and over (the other day she did). I admit, it is quite cute.

After watching this dvd just one time I ordered it on-line immediately. I know we'll enjoy having it as part of our Scholastic collection. A real winner!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories!!!! 16 Mar 2006
By Doryen E. Chin - Published on
I first saw this when I was in the first grade (about 15 years ago...) and it still sticks with me to this day. I loved the animation and narration and I've been searching (for what seems like forever) to find out who made it and if it's still available. Thanks, Amazon!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stories for the Very Young 24 Nov 2009
By K. Draper - Published on
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Leo Lionni is a master story-teller and illustrater. My children and I loved to read these stories when they were young. Each one has a nice plot, with engaging animals characters, who deal who must deal with and resolve a conflict. Each story turns out nicely, each has a message--simple, but not "preachy". The illustrations are charming and original. I like how colorful and dreamy they are.

For example, in <Fredrick>, all the mice work hard to store up food for the winter, and they critize Fredrick for not helping. Fredrick, who seems to be lost in his own world, replies "I AM working". He is gathering the warmth of the sun rays, the colors of the flowers and the magic of words. As the cold of the winter confines the mouse family to their little den in the rock wall, their food supplies begin to run low, the other mice ask Fredirick about the things he has storied up for winter. To their delight, Fredick shares the the sunlight and colors and words with them in a vivid and personal way. Fredrick becomes a poet. And he knows it!

This is a lovely DVD, but I must add, that I DO NOT think it should replace Leonini's books. The reason that I think that, is because READING picture books like these TOGETHER is a very, very important activity for parents and their children. Nothing can replace the experience that families share when their small children sit on their laps to hear the story in their own parents' voice, read especially for them. I recommend that you buy the books, too, or check them out from the library. The DVD can supplement this. It would also be nice to play for a group of toddlers or pre-schoolers.

This brings me to the point of the three "bonus" picture stories. First is a rhyming "I Spy" poem, the next a singing of the folk song "Hush Little Baby" accompanied by pictures by Aliki, and the last a cute live-action story of two children trying to lure their cat into their wading pool for a bath. The last story is wordless, so the whole thing is told by the actions facial expressions of the boy and the girl trying to catch the cat. Fun and cute! <Each Peach, Pair, Plum> is nice because of the soft, colorful drawings, and the voice of the narrator. She pronounces the lucious words slowly and clearly, with a happy note in her voice. The voice of Buffy Allen, the singer of "Hush Little Baby" is also very pretty. Here, again, I must add, that I believe that this is the kind of thing that is better as a shared parent-child activity. Many parents probably think that they "can't sing", but the child does not care how well his mom or dad sings, but it makes a huge difference IF mom and dad sing to the kids. I read tons and tons of books to my kids, but,if I had it to do over again, I would have sung them more songs and lullabies. (Sorry for the preaching; just some ideas I want to share with you review-readers.) Or how about holding the child while you watch "Hush Little Baby" together, and sing-along?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Leo Lionni 5 Jan 2011
By T. Arwood - Published on
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I would recommend this to all. Leo has simple stories with great meaning, and beautiful artwork. I recommend all of his books too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arty stories for kids 29 Nov 2010
By A. Trueman - Published on
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My 5 year old daughter really likes these, and so do I - the Leo Lionni stories are each like little works of art, and the additional stories are also nice. They all serve well as bedtime movies (as an occasional substitute for a book), being appropriately calming for the end of the day. Her favorite is actually the final movie of the two (real) kids trying to bathe the (real) cat - it is also a little work of art, with no words, just actions, to tell the story.
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