HFVS Weekly Giveaway: Diary of a Spider DVD

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


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


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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) .

9 Comments on “HFVS Weekly Giveaway: Diary of a Spider DVD

  1. My Son Loves this book!! I didn’t even know there was a DVD out there…AWESOME!!
    Leah Juarez, Albuquerque NM

  2. I tired to order this for my summer reading program and was told it was out of print! I would love to show it during my “Catch the Reading Bug” summer reading program. I’m a branch manager in the town of Laddonia, MO.

  3. These stories are some of our favorites!!
    Thanks for all your hard work and time invested. –Kerri LaPlante Westhampton, MA

  4. What a nice change.


  5. Sounds like something fun to share with my young one. Thanks for this great giveaway!

    Rashmi, FM, TX

  6. I LOVE reading this book to my son-I’m sure its a great DVD!! Beth Phoenix, AZ

  7. That DVD sounds fabulous! I had no idea that there were so many great nature-centered titles available. We will certainly be checking this one out! Thanks Hilltown Families!
    Carrie – Shelburne, MA

  8. This is a wonderful site — so helpful in planning for weekend activities.
    Camille -Conway, Mass.

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