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Parents' Guide to

HBO Storybook Musicals

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Music, animation bring timeless tales to life for littles.

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This sweet classic collection of animated popular kid's books from different periods of the 20th century offers lots of storytelling entertainment. The narrations and the visuals of each story stay true to the published book. But the songs, which were written specifically for the televised musicals, add some gentle flair to the overall presentation.

HBO Storybook Musicals appears a bit antiquated when compared to contemporary kid's cartoons. Meanwhile, chances are that parents and grandparents will be the ones to recognize the voice talent, which includes Carol Burnett, Tony Randall, Jason Biggs, and Jonathan Pryce. But young children who love reading, or who are familiar with these stories, will have fun following along. The series is also a great way to introduce these classic stories to new young fans.

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