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TOP TEN TUESDAY #:8 TOP 10 Rabbit Ears Books You Should read to Kids at School


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

 

Each week there’s a different Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.

 

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a school read freebie and I’ve chosen “Top 10 Rabbit Ears Books You Should read to Kids at School” (because this is a site for mostly Rabbit Ears stuff and these books would be great for school children all alike)!

 

1. John Henry

 

John Henry (1992)

For anyone who wants to read some good books about “John Henry,” I would highly recommend checking out this version of the classic tale, which is narrated by Denzel Washington along with music by the late B.B. King!

 

2. East of the Sun West of the Moon

 

East of the Sun West of the Moon (1991)

If you want a nice story that is set in Scandinavia / Norway, I would strongly suggest reading “East of the Sun West of the Moon” which is a truly heartwarming and magical story narrated by Max Von Sydow along with artwork by Vivienne Flesher!

 

3.  The Tiger and the Brahmin

 

The Tiger and the Brahmin Book Cover

If you want to introduce the culture of India to kids, then I would suggest checking out “The Tiger and the Brahmin” which takes place in India and also features tigers that children would love!  It is also narrated by Ben Kingsley along with music by the late Ravi Shankar!

 

4. Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin

 

Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin (1992)

If you want a great Native American story to tell to children for Native American studies, I would definitely check out “Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin,” which is narrated by Geena Davis!

 

5. Finn McCoul

Finn McCoul Book Cover

 

If you want to read a good story that takes place in Ireland for children who want to read more about Ireland, I would suggest reading “Finn McCoul” which is such a wonderful folktale that takes place in Ireland and is narrated by Catherine O’Hara!

 

6.  The Emperor and the Nightingale

The Emperor and the Nightingale (1987)

 

Trying to introduce children to not only Hans Christian Andersen tales, but to Chinese stories also?  Then, I would highly recommend checking out “The Emperor and the Nightingale,” which is narrated by Glenn Close along with music by Mark Isham!

 

7. Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk Book Cover

 

Want to read more versions of “Jack and the Beanstalk” to children?  I would definitely recommend checking out “Jack and the Beanstalk” which is narrated by Michael Palin along with music by Dave Stewart!

8.  Pecos Bill

Pecos Bill (1988)

 

If kids at school really enjoy the “Pecos Bill” mythos, I would highly recommend checking out “Pecos Bill” which is probably one of the funniest interpretations of the tale as it was narrated by the late Robin Williams!

 

9. The Fool and the Flying Ship

The Fool and the Flying Ship (1991)

 

If you want to introduce Russian folktales to children, then I would highly recommend “The Fool and the Flying Ship” which is the funniest version of the folktale ever created and is another tale that is narrated by the late Robin Williams!

 

10. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1988)

 

Want a good spooky read for children?  I would highly recommend “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” which is a nice and spooky tale narrated by Glenn Close!

 

So, what children’s books do you want children in school to read? Please feel free to comment below!

 

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday #:7 Top 10 Fairy Tale Retellings I Want to Read and I’ve Read


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

 

Each week there’s a different Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.

 

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is top 10 Fairy Tale Retellings I need to read and I’ve read!

Fairy Tale Retellings I’ve Read:

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cinderella)

I absolutely adored this retelling of the classic “Cinderella” story and I think that Cinder was a fantastic main character for this story!  I definitely can’t wait to check out the rest of the “Lunar Chronicles” series!

2. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (The Goose Girl)

I remembered reading this version years ago and I really enjoyed it, especially since they expanded on the “Goose Girl” story and made the main character into a much stronger character!

3.  Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale (Rapunzel)

This was a fantastic retelling of the classic “Rapunzel” character where Rapunzel actually uses here own hair to fight off her enemies, which I found to be really enjoyable!

4. Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale (Jack and the Beanstalk)

The sequel to “Rapunzel’s Revenge,” this is actually a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack is such an interesting character in this version and I loved his growing relationship with Rapunzel!

5. East by Edith Pattou (East of the Sun West of the Moon)

I really enjoyed this more epic retelling of “East of the Sun West of the Moon” as the characters were expanded even further and I loved hearing the thoughts of both the girl and the white bear!

Fairy Tale Retellings I Need to Read:

6.  A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Beauty and the Beast)

After reading “The Assassin’s Blade,” I was so intrigued by Sarah J. Maas’ work that I wanted to try out more of her books and this book seems like an interesting take on “Beauty and the Beast!”

7. Splintered by A.G. Howard (Alice in Wonderland)

I’ve never realized that this book was a retelling of “Alice in Wonderland” and after hearing so much praise for this book, I just have to check it out!

8.  The Child Thief by Brom (Peter Pan)

This is supposedly a retelling of “Peter Pan” and after hearing so many good reviews about this book, I’ve decided to give this book a try!

9. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Little Red Riding Hood)

After reading “Cinder,” I got so hooked that I really wanted to read the rest of the “Lunar Chronicles” series and I’ve heard that this book was as interesting as the first book!

10. Cress by Marissa Meyer (Rapunzel)

Another book that is apart of the “Lunar Chronicles” series that I really wanted to check out and since “Rapunzel” was a pretty interesting fairy tale to me, I want to see how Marissa Meyer handles a retelling of Rapunzel!

 

So, what fairy tale retellings have you read or you would like to read? Please feel free to comment!

 

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday #:6 Top 5 Reasons to Check out the Rabbit Ears Series!


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

 

Each week there’s a different Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.

 

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a freebie and it’s my top 5 reasons why you should check out the Rabbit Ears series!

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 So here are the top 10 reasons you should check out the Rabbit Ears series!

 

1.  The celebrity narrators!

One of the main reasons why the Rabbit Ears series was so popular back then was because of the numerous celebrities that narrated the stories.  So, if you are a huge fan of celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Denzel Washington, Robin Williams, Meryl Streep and many others, then this series is for you!

2.  The Amazing Illustrators!

This series has a vast array of illustrators who all bring something  to the series and depending on what story you would like to check out, each of the illustrations from illustrators such as Henrik Drescher, Vivienne Flesher, David Jorgensen, Tim Raglin and many others will surely be a treat to check out!

3.  The Beautiful Music

Just like the narrators and the illustrators, the musicians have all brought something magical to the series and anyone who is a huge fan of musical artists like Bobby McFerrin, UB40, Dr. John, Tangerine Dream and many others will enjoy this series!

4.  Retellings of Fairy Tales and Folktales

If you are a huge fan of fairy tales, folktales and classic children’s stories in general, then this series will definitely be for you as it is full of retellings of fairy tales such as “Rumpelstiltskin” and “Jack and the Beanstalk” and folktales such as “The Fool and the Flying Ship,” “East of the Sun West of the Moon” and “Anansi” that fans will enjoy!

5.  A Very unique series!

The animation of this series is very unique from anything you have ever seen before!  Add to that the narration, the music and the illustrations and this is definitely something that the whole family can watch together!

So, are you interested in checking this series out? Please feel free to comment!

 

Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

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Top Ten Tuesday #5: Top 10 Books I would use in my Rabbit Ears Book Club.


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

 

Each week there’s a different Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.

 

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is my top 10 Books I Would Use in my Rabbit Ears Book Club!

 

So, here’s my top 10 Books I would use in my Rabbit Ears Book Club!

 

1. The Fool and the Flying Ship

The Fool and the Flying Ship (1991)

This would definitely be a great book for anyone who wants to study Russian folktales and also discuss about the importance of friendship.

 

2.  John Henry

John Henry (1992)

This would be a great book to discuss about tall tales and about industrialism in general.

 

3. East of the Sun West of the Moon

East of the Sun West of the Moon  (1991)

An excellent book to discuss about what true love is all about and also if you like to read folktales from Norway, this is definitely a great story to read!

4. Pecos Bill

Pecos Bill (1988)

This would be an excellent book to discuss about western tall tales and comparing and contrasting different retellings of Pecos Bill!

5. The Emperor and the Nightingale

The Emperor and the Nightingale (1987)

If you love reading folktales from China or if you love reading any of Hans Christian Anderson’s stories, this is definitely one story that is worth discussing!

6. Follow the Drinking Gourd

Follow the Drinking Gourd Book Cover

This would be an excellent book to discuss about the Underground Railroad and also give us a historical account on slavery.

7. Anansi

Anansi Book Cover

This would definitely be great read for anyone who is interested in Jamaican folktales and this also gives us a good compare and contrast between all the Anansi stories being told.

8. Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan Book Cover

This is a great book to discuss about the lumber industry and about environmentalism.

9. Koi and the Kola Nuts

Koi and the Kola Nuts (1991)

This would be a great book to discuss about African folktales and about the importance of showing respect towards other people when needed.  Also, this book would be great to discuss about how it is important to help others in their times of need!

10. Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin

Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin (1992)

This would be a great book to discuss about Native American folktales and we could also discuss about sacrificing the things you love the most in order to save other people you care about.

So, what Rabbit Ears stories would you use in your book club? Please feel free to comment!

 

Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday #4: Top 5 Bookish Goals for 2015.


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is my top 5 bookish goals for 2015!

So, here’s my top 5 Bookish Goals for 2015 (in no particular order)!

1. Make this website even more popular: I want to get more people interested in Rabbit Ears Productions and in making this website more popular, it would help people learn more about this company and try out the great stories that this company has to offer!
2. Complete the Rabbit Ears Challenges: I’m pretty bad at challenges in general, but hopefully I’ll be able to do more challenges this year and complete most of them while checking out newer Rabbit Ears titles!
3. Make more people aware of the Rabbit Ears series:  Sure, Rabbit Ears Productions has its fans, but I would like to get more people interested in this series and I hope that 2015 would be a great year for people to try out this series if they are looking for new books to read!
4. Read the rest of the series: Even though I’ve been reading the Rabbit Ears series ever since I was little, there’s still a lot of stories I haven’t read yet and 2015 seems like a great read to get started!
5. Read at least over 100 books this year:  I had actually set up a goal for 2014 to read over 100 books, but I didn’t make it this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to read up to 100 books this year!

So, what are your top 5 Bookish goals for 2015? Please feel free to answer in the comments below!

Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #3: Top 10 Ways Rabbit Ears can get Noticed in the Public Domain


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week there’s a different Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is top 10 Ways Rabbit Ears can get Noticed in the public domain.

So, here’s my top 10 Ways that Rabbit Ears can get noticed in the public domain (in no particular order)!

1) Sell DVDs and Audio CDs through Amazon or other book store sites: I think a great way to get more people to check out the Rabbit Ears series is to sell the DVDs and Audio CDs through Amazon and other websites that sell DVDs and books. It would help more people take notice of this series and spread the word around if they enjoyed them.

2) Pass the word along to other fans: Many people would not be aware of a series unless fans of that series manage to spread the word about the series to other people. This is a truly effective way to get more people interested in the Rabbit Ears series!

3) Make a website where fans can talk about this series: As with forums, it is great to create a website where fans can discuss about the Rabbit Ears series and talk about their favorite stories and what more they want to see from the series. It would also help promote the series if you broadcast the awards this series has won and highlight what the fans have to say about this series.

4) Advertise it through other websites: Advertising the Rabbit Ears series through other websites like Goodreads or You Tube is a great way to get more interest gain in this series.

5) List Favorite Stories for the Fans: Every fan would like to see what other people liked from a series. So, having any user list their favorite stories from the Rabbit Ears series would encourage more people to check the titles out and list their favorite stories from the series!

6) Make Tribute videos about the series: Just like listing your favorite stories from the series, making a tribute video, whether it’s a music video or a top 10 list would make people extremely interested in the titles. Make sure that the tribute video is creative enough to capture the attention of the audiences.

7) Talk about it on Forums: Forums are great places to talk about various topics. So, talking about the Rabbit Ears series in various forums can help bring more notice to the fans and allow you to discuss about what you liked or hated about the Rabbit Ears series.

8) Make a remake of the series: Even though it’s great having the original series, to capture the attention of the current generation or improve on the series, a remake can be necessary in gaining the attention of the audience, especially if the remake does a great job of telling the stories and making the characters interesting.

9) Broadcast series on TV: Television is a great way to promote your products since many people would be watching television. Broadcasting the Rabbit Ears DVDs on TV might help people become a bit more aware of the titles and make them interested enough to check them out.

10) Visit their website: Rabbit Ears had launched their website that lists all the titles they have and visiting their website is a great way to find the titles they have and see what titles you want to check out! Their website is located at: http://www.rabbitears.com

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #2: My Top 10 Rabbit Ears Stories


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week there’s a different Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.

So today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is my top 10 favorite Rabbit Ears Stories!

So, here’s my top 10 Favorite Rabbit Ears Stories!

East of the Sun West of the Moon

10. East of the Sun West of the Moon: In this old Scandinavian tale, a young girl ends up staying with a cursed prince who was turned into a bear and when she accidentally broke her promise to the cursed prince, the young girl resolves to rescue her prince from the evil Troll Queen! Max Von Sydow’s narration was brilliant in this story as he narrated in a solemn yet dramatic voice that really brought so much tension to this story. Vivienne Flescher’s artwork is gorgeous to look at, especially of the image of the girl having long wavy blond hair that really makes her character shine in this story.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

9. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Washington Irving’s most frightening tale comes to life as Ichabod Crane tries to win the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, but must face the frightening Headless Horseman! Glenn Close is back as her narration, just like in “the Emperor and the Nightingale,” her narration is smooth and gives so much serenity to this story and so much horror in this story during the frightening parts. Robert Van Nutt’s artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at, especially during the scenes where Ichabod Crane is being chased by the Headless Horseman!

Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin

8. Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin: In this classic Native American tale, Princess Scargo realizes that she must sacrifice her most precious gift in order to save her tribe from a drought that plagued the land. Geena Davis’ narration is smooth and really brings so much calmness and quiet intensity to this story. Karen Barbour’s artwork truly captures the artwork normally shown in many Native American stories and it really brings the story to life!

Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion

7. Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion: The tale of Brer Rabbit going up against the village terror, Boss Lion, is definitely one story that I just have to watch over and over again! Danny Glover’s narration is fantastic as he brings so much humor and terror to the story with his energetic narration! Bill Mayer’s artwork really brings the intensity and exaggeration to the story as all the characters have exaggerated limbs and wide mouths that really show their horrified or excited expressions!

The Emperor and the Nightingale

6. The Emperor and the Nightingale: I have always loved Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a proud Emperor who realizes that true beauty doesn’t always come from a person’s appearance as he learns the hard way about nearly ditching the real Nightingale for a mechanical one. Glenn Close’s narration is gentle and it really brings so much beauty to this ancient Chinese fairy tale. Robert Van Nutt’s artwork really brings out the beauty of the land of China as the wildlife is drawn in intricate detail!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

5. The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Little Pigs: I have always loved the stories of “The Three Little Pigs” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” so it was a treat to see these classics come to life with Holly Hunter’s hilarious narration and David Jorgensen’s beautiful yet hilarious artwork! I just loved the way that Holly Hunter voiced all the characters in these stories, especially of the wolf in “the Three Little Pigs” as he sounds like a hipper version of the Big Bad Wolf we all know and love!

How the Camel Got His HumpHow the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

4. How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin and How the Camel Got His Hump: This is easily one of the most unusual yet creative retellings I had ever heard of Rudyard Kipling’s famous “Just So Stories!” The fact that both stories deal with characters that are rude or are too vain towards other people and they get their just desserts was brilliantly told as I found myself realizing the consequences of being too vain or too rude. Jack Nicholson’s narrating is pretty much butter on this tale as his voice is so smooth and it brings so much serenity to these tales! Tim Raglin’s artwork is colorful and they really depict the animals so well, especially with the Camel having purple bags under his eyes, which shows his vain nature.

John Henry

3. John Henry: The story of a strong and confident steel driver going up against a steam drill towards the end of the story has always resonated with me as I loved John Henry’s eternal optimism throughout this story! Denzel Washington has done a brilliant job at narrating this story as his voice is full of wonder and excitement, which really got me invested into the characters. Barry Jackson’s artwork is truly amazing as the characters look somewhat humorous whenever they look in awe at John Henry’s astonishing feats.

Pecos Bill

2. Pecos Bill: The adventures of the world’s greatest Cowboy, Pecos Bill, is told hilariously and brilliantly by none other than Robin Williams! The story itself was both funny and dramatic at the same time as we see Pecos Bill go on various adventures such as fighting a cougar single handedly and then lassoing a tornado! Robin Williams’ narration was hilarious as he truly gets into his role as the narrator of this story by having a boisterous Western accent that really brought this story to life. Tim Raglin’s artwork really brought this story to life as the characters are colorful to look at!

The Fool and the Flying Ship

1. The Fool and the Flying Ship: This is absolutely my most favorite title out of the entire Rabbit Ears series as it was filled with great humor and creative moments! Robin Williams was awesome in this story as he gives each character a distinctive voice and the artwork by Henrik Drescher was a true treat as the characters may look a bit odd, but they are fun and creative to look at! The Russian folktale about a simple peasant who ends up getting help from several men who have strange super human abilities to earn the Tsar’s daughter’s hand in marriage has been brought to life in a brilliant and hilarious light in this memorable version of the ancient folktale!

So, what are your favorite Rabbit Ears Stories? Please feel free to comment!

Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014