Parents' Guide to

The Book of Once Upon a Time

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Magic storybook show may foster a love of reading.

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With its unique format, this is the rare show that may actually compel young viewers to ask adults to read to them. The Book of Once Upon a Time starts off as many storytelling shows do, with a live action host introducing a book and then proceeding to read it aloud. What's different here is how the story is brought to life. There's no moving animation. Instead still shots from the pages of the book are shown interspersed with the narrator jumping into the scene as they continue to read. It sounds a little chaotic, but the overall effect is similar to the magic created by traveling puppet troops who visit elementary schools to put on their shows. Young viewers will be drawn into the story in a novel way, never forgetting how entertaining reading can be.

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