Saturday, December 30, 2006

Must Have DVD: Choose Your Own Adventure is BACK!

When I saw the new Choose Your Own Adventure DVD "The Abominable Snowman" I had an immediate flashback to middle school. The most famous (and a personal favorite) book series of the past (need I mention the year?) has reinvented itself into a modern day hit for a new generation of fans. I think I was more excited to check this out than my 5 year old! As a former teacher, I love to discover DVD's that are educational as well as fun to watch. This one packs a punch in both categories.

The Abominable Snowman is the first in a series of more to come. Staring the famous voices of William H. Macy, Frankie Muniz, Felicity Huffman, and Lacey Chabert, it takes place in the Himalayan Mountains and features 11 different possible story outcomes. It is full of vocabulary, geography, social situations, and best of all, it allows children to explore critical thinking. Every 5 or so minutes the viewer must make a decision. Should the kids parachute out of the plane or ride out the turbulence? Use your remote to decide. Each decision you make changes the story.

What I really enjoy about this DVD is the family participation. It's so much fun to sit down and watch together. We discuss the options and then my 5 year old usually makes the final choice!

Visit the Choose Your Own Adventure site today. It is full of information. You can meet the characters, read about the cool bonus features the DVD contains, print out coloring pages & more. There is also a "tutorial" that shows you how the DVD works.

Don't forget to check out the GREAT section for parents and teachers that includes lesson plans and contest information for schools. Can you imagine if the Yeti came to your child's school? How fun!

The Abominable Snowman is designed for children ages 5-12, but parents will LOVE it too. The DVD can be purchased directly from the Choose Your Own Adventure site. It is normally $19.98, but is now on sale for $16.98. Pick up a few copies, keep one for yourself, give one to your child's teacher (hint, hint), and stash the others for gifts. It's money well spent.

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