‘Tis the Season for Storytelling!
Journey into the Magical World of Narrative Performance
Available on DVD October 17, 2006 from Sax Media Group
Indianapolis, IN (July 17, 2006) – The talented troupe of renowned storytellers first introduced in the acclaimed StoryWatchers Club DVD series present delightful, humorous and thoughtful tales of the season in “StoryWatchers Club™ Adventures in Storytelling: Christmas,” delivering on to DVD October 17, 2006.
Produced by Charlotte and Eddie Sax of Sax Media Group, the StoryWatchers Club series brings together a collective of the nation’s most talented storytellers to impart to children ages 4-10 the importance of developing and using their imaginations, which will in turn help strengthen their listening verbal skills, inspire a yearning for reading and writing and learn a wonderful new way to communicate and share their experiences with others.
Following the launch of the StoryWatchers Club DVD series with “Keys to Imagination” and “Good Character” earlier this year, the latest title, “StoryWatchers Club™ Adventures in Storytelling: Christmas,” is recommended for ages 4-10 and will retail for $19.95. The 45-minute program features bonus extras including:
· Meet the Storytellers section – interviews with each storyteller.
· Kids Tell Stories Too! – children tell their favorite stories in their own unique and creative ways.
· StoryWatchers Club sing-along music video.
· The Making of StoryWatchers Club – behind-the-scenes fun!
· Chapter selections.
In “StoryWatchers Club™: Christmas,” the multi-cultural club of puppet friends — Cody, Jada, Juan, Jordan, Kelly, Booker the Book and Riley the Bookworm – again enchantingly and humorously lead viewers from one story to the next. Featured storytellers share engrossing Yuletide yarns that embrace the season and will have even the youngest of viewers eagerly awaiting the holidays.
Kevin Cordi shares the tale “A Gift for Santa,” the story of a little girl in search of a very special gift for Santa. Christine Petrell Kallevig invites viewers “Home for Christmas” and tells the tale of a little boy who, after coming to the aid of his disabled uncle, strives to make it home in time for the holiday. It’s the night before Christmas and Santa is sick! Can an eager elf find the right remedy in time? Find out as Mary Jo Huff regales of how “Christmas is Cancelled!” And Michael R. Kasony-O’Malley engages youngsters with the story of the “Christmas Fairy of Strasburg,” a unique tale of the origin of the very first Christmas tree.
Storytelling is a time-honored community art that not only gives each culture its history but also adds value to education, makes learning fun, develops knowledge retention, inspires creativity and helps improve attention spans of even the youngest of viewers. By skillfully utilizing an unlimited arsenal of gestures, facial expressions and verbal inflections, along with adeptly morphing and changing stories based on the reactions of the listeners, storytellers can engage children and lead them on countless adventures, entertaining and inspiring them while quite often subtly teaching morals, lessons and general kindnesses.
The initial titles in the launch “Keys to Imagination” and “Good Character” received rave reviews and several awards including iParenting Media Award "Best Products," Dove Family Foundation "Seal of Approval," Family Review Center Award, Telly Award, and the Film Advisory Board "Award of Excellence."
Future titles in the series include “World Folktales, Volume 1” and “Our Planet” to be released in February 2007. To order StoryWatchers Club DVDs please call toll free 1-877-STORY98 (877-786-7998) or visit www.StoryWatchersClub.com.
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Category: Children; Ages 4 to 10
Street Date: October 17, 2006
Order Date: August 22, 2006
SRP: $19.95 each
R/T: Approx. 45 min. each, includes noncommercial public performance rights
Andrea Blain Public Relations
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