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Series Info

Episodes: 27

Length: 5-21 min.

Grade Levels:
Kindegarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Language Arts and Literature

Scholastic ETV Consortium


Scholastic Caldecott/Newbery Literature Series

The Caldecott Award/Newbery Series produced by Scholastic Inc. encourages students to read with a greater appreciation for literature. These timeless classics are based upon renowned award-winning books.

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Episode Guide

1. Make Way for Ducklings— It’s not easy for duck parents to find a safe place to bring up their ducklings, but during a rest stop in Boston’s Public Garden, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard think they just might have found the perfect spot. (11:35) Study Guide

2. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble— The Duncan family is beside itself when son, Sylvester, turns himself into a rock to escape the jaws of a hungry lion. Magic and suspense, along with wonderful music and animation, bring this classic children’s story to life. (11:18) Study Guide

3. Goldilocks and the 3 Bears— Three bears come home from a bicycling trip through the woods to find a little girl “all nice and cozy and fast asleep” in Baby Bear’s bed. Egads! (7:39) Study Guide

4. Blueberries for Sal — A little girl and a little bear on a blueberry – picking trip get all mixed up with each other’s mothers on a lovely hillside in Maine. (8:45) Study Guide

5. In the Night Kitchen— Sendak’s classic comic fantasy of Mickey’s adventures in the night kitchen tells us how we get our morning cake.(7:12) Study Guide

6. Amazing Bone, The — A lonely pig named Pearl dawdles long enough in a field of dandelions to meet a bone who speaks to her. (11:33)

7. Where the Wild Things Are— Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired. (7:03) Study Guide

8. Owen — When Mrs. Tweezers convinces Owen’s parents that their son is becoming a little too attached to Fuzzy, his beloved yellow blanket, Owen vehemently disagrees. “Can’t bring a blanket to school,” says nosy Mrs. Tweezers. What will Owen’s parents do? (9:00) Study Guide

9. Stone Soup— Three clever soldiers devise a plan to get food and lodging from the selfish inhabitants of a French village during the time of Napoleon. (10:19) Study Guide

10. Strega Nonna— Big Anthony finds himself knee-deep in trouble — and pasta — when he uses Strega Nonna’s magic pasta pot without her permission. (8:22) Study Guide

11. Drummer Hoff — Told in lively folk verse, several soldiers each bring a different part for a remarkable machine called a cannon — but only one of them gets to fire it off! (4:45) Study Guide

12. Zlateh the Goat — Chelm is a village of fools. This magical folktale, spun by a master storyteller, speaks of a hero like Zlateh the goat. (21:09) Study Guide

13. Story, A Story— Anansi the Spider Man climbs up to the sky to buy stories from the Sky God in this folktale from Africa. (9:33)

14. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears — Tall tale sets off a chain of mishaps through the jungle grapevine — from Mosquito to Iguana to Python to Rabbit Owl — in this traditional story from Africa. (9:40) Study Guide

15. Doctor De Soto— A suspenseful story about a mouse dentist who is treating a fox and trying to avoid getting eaten. (10:10) Study Guide

16. Andy and the Lion — Andy and the Lion is a story of a boy named Andy who searches the library for a book about lions. Andy is so interested in lions that he cannot put the book down. Before bedtime, Andy’s grandfather tells him an amazing lion story and Andy dreams about lions all night long. (9:08) Study Guide

17. Millions of Cats — A gentle old man looking for one cat for his lonely wife returns with “millions and billions and trillions of cats.” (10:25) Study Guide

18. Time of Wonder — The coast of Maine and the wonders of its shore and islands display the smell of rain, gulls, a foggy morning, the excitement of sailing, the quiet of the night, the sudden terror of a hurricane and the peace of a Maine island as a family packs up to leave. (12:47) Study Guide

19. The Paperboy — Every Saturday morning a paperboy and his dog get ready to leave their nice warm bed to deliver a newspaper to every house along the route they both know by heart. Narrated by Forest Whitaker. (8:55)

20. Officer Buckle and Gloria — Rotund, good-natured Officer Buckle visits school assemblies to read off his sensible safety tips accompanied by his new police dog Gloria. (12:18) Study Guide

21. Rapunzel — A unique retelling of the classic story of Rapunzel, the girl with the long, golden hair.(14:34) Study Guide

22. Crow Boy — A small boy, who is different from the others, gains acceptance when he imitates the voices of crows in the school talent show. (12:33) Study Guide

23. Village of Round and Square Houses— The story of the village of Tos–where the women live in round houses and the men live in square ones–is told from the point of view of a young girl who grew up there. (12:35) Study Guide

24. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin — A lone trombone playing solo is joined by a trumpet in a duet until a French horn makes it a trio, and so on, as ten instruments, one by one, gather together for a joyous musical performance. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. (11:30) Study Guide

25. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters — Mufaro’s daughters are tested unknowingly to reveal which one is worthy enough to marry the King in this award winning production, lush with magnificent paintings and a rich musical score. (14:10) Study Guide

26. John Henry — Based on the famous African American folk ballad “John Henry,” this story tells of the legendary contest to the death between a spirited man with a hammer and a steam drill to build a tunnel through the Allegheny Mountains of West Virigina. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.(19:10) Study Guide

27. Duke Ellington — As a boy Duke Ellington was more interested in baseball than in practicing piano. However, when Duke grew older and heard piano played in a way that tickled his senses, he sat right down and practiced and practiced until he could make music magic. This is the story of Duke’s rise from his early years learning the piano through forming his own band and becoming one of the few African Americans ever to perform at Carnegie Hall. (16:25) Study Guide

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