The Scholastic Storybook Treasures collection returns with its latest holiday offering, Merry Christmas, Splat, based on the series (i.e., franchise) by Rob Scotton. For the uninitiated, Splat is a cat who has various adventures. He's a big anthropomorphic stand-in for a child, experiencing things that kids go through. For this tale, Splat tries to be good while waiting for Santa, in order to earn the most presents. Narrated by John Keating, it's a modest little story and the 37 minute DVD moves quickly, featuring these other short tales:
- FLETCHER AND THE SNOWFLAKE CHRISTMAS (By Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke, narrated by Katherine Kellgren) It’s Christmas Eve and Fletcher wonders how Santa will find his burrow through all the snow.
- SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY (By Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian, narrated by Sean Astin) This is the story of Willie Bentley, who loved and learned all about snowflakes.
- OWL MOON (Written and narrated by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr) A girl and her father search the moonlit woods for the Great Horned Owl.
Scholastic remains the "name" in converting award-winning children's lit from book form to DVD (and many of the major authors have their own websites and even apps). For your kids (3-7 years old) who enjoy Splat, they can click through Scotton's site directly to "Splat's World!" You can insert your own "bah humbug" joke here. A DVD of children's stories is definitely worth the time, especially in opening the eyes of kids who aren't the greatest readers on their own.