Watching Kids' Books on Netflix
Fellow Netflix users: Have you seen the great selection of shows based on children's books to hit the streaming service recently? I've been meaning to mention it. Of course, there are the well-known PBS shows, like Arthur, Kipper, Angelina Ballerina, and Curious George, which have been available for a long time. We still have several Eloise animated movies to choose from, and The Busy World of Richard Scarry and Busytown Mysteries. But I'm so happy to see Dragon, the Canadian series based on the Dav Pilkey Dragon books. Big Sis was excited to see The Magic School Bus hit Netflix, too. And they must have struck a deal with Scholastic, because now we have a few Scholastic Storybook Treasures collections - "Amazing America," "Amusing Animals," "Good to Know," and "One-of-a-Kind Critters". We also have animated works based on Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Rosemary Wells (Emily's First 100 Days of School), and Syd Hoff (Danny and the Dinosaur). The 1980s Saturday morning TV movie versions of The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Ralph S. Mouse, and Runaway Ralph, based on the Beverly Cleary books, have all been recently viewed in our house. For older kids, the 1990s series versions of The Baby-Sitters Club and Dear America have been added. There is a series based on the I Spy books. The recent Netflix deal with Disney has meant the addition of The Wind in the Willows half of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. There are several titles for Babar and several for Miffy. And for older kids, the animated series based on Brian Jacques's Redwall and a more recent computer-animated The Little Prince (French, dubbed into English).
Of course, nothing beats reading the actual books on which movies and television shows are based. But if you do want to sit back and watch something, even a little something, these might be some worthwhile options.
Merry Weekend! Happy Reading!