Scholastic Video Collection: I Love You Like Crazy Cakes...and More Stories About Families

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Maria Llull, Common Sense Media
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Three charming stories about loving families.
  • NR
  • 2006
  • 62 minutes

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a collection of three cartoon adaptations of award-winning picture books. The stories feature different kinds of families, including a woman who adopts a baby girl from China, a Russian girl who lives with her mother and grandmother, and a little girl who lives with her parents (a mom and a dad) and two cats. Though touching, the adoption story can be a little confusing and sad ("Why didn't her real mom want her?").

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Adult Written byJ-Gillian April 9, 2008

Perfect!

This is the kind of entertainment small kids enjoy and parents are comfortable having their kids watch.

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What's the story?

The first story in this video collection is "I Love You Like Crazy Cakes," written by Rose Lewis and illustrated by Jane Dyer, about the adoption of a little girl from China. Mia Farrow voices the mother this story that relates the joy a family feels for their new baby girl, as well as sadness for the mother who couldn't keep her daughter. Next is the fun and quirky "Three Cheers for Catherine the Great!", about selfless young Sara and the thoughtful gift she gives to her Russian grandmother using her writing and reading skills. The last story is about a young girl who lives with her mom and dad and two cats. Formatted like a poem, "Five Creatures," written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Tomek Bogacki, playfully compares the five family members and tells how they are similar and how they are different ("Three are humans and two are cats...Five love birds but not all in the same way.").

Is it any good?

The three award-winning books in I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY CAKES...AND MORE STORIES ABOUT FAMILIES are lovingly translated to video. Love in the family is the central theme of the stories, and preschoolers will be entranced by the playful background music and the clean, bright illustrations that bring each story to life.All in all, these are very sweet stories, and kids will be drawn to their simplicity, light humor, and warmth.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how unique and special the love is among family members. Who are your family members? How do you show each other that you care? What other kinds of families do you know?

Movie details

  • In theaters: February 28, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: February 28, 2006
  • Cast: Mia Farrow
  • Studio: Scholastic
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Run time: 62 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • MPAA explanation: Not rated

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