Monday, May 3, 2010

Samurai Saturation

Levi gives it a thumbs up.

Levi loved this one: two thumbs up! I'm looking at getting the others in the series.

How to be a Samurai Warrior by Fiona Macdonald
This selection is an informative picture book with entertaining illustrations. The boys loved it!

We watch many of the Rabbit Ears Storybook Collection on DVD. Our library carries a huge selection, and I love the narration and non-animated illustrations. It is as if my boys are attending story time at the library.

In addition to the beautiful Japanese Folktale retelling (illustrated using Japanese sumi-e brush painting), children are treated to a live performance by a Japanese koto player, an interview with a bonsai expert, an example of Japanese traditional dance, and a discussion/demonstration of Japanese sumi-e brush painting (incredible!).

I've said it before, but I am so pleased that our library carries this series of DVDs. We watch one or two almost weekly!

As You Like It
Shakespeare set in feudal Japan ~ absolutely GORGEOUS! From our own favorites collection.

Netflix Instant Streaming, oh, how I love thee.

Netflix, oh, how I love thee....but not quite as much as Instant Streaming.

Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword
Please don't judge me.

(For teacher research only, of course.)


Carrie said...

This is great!! Thanks, Heidi!

I already have Samurai's Tale for next year ... so glad Levi gave it a thumbs up! I'll have to look into some of these other ones, too!

Skeller said...

Scooby Doo. snicker. ;-)

heather said...

I have As You Like It up on my Netflix queue. Good to see it on here! I am looking forward to watching it.

Laurel said...

I'm putting As You Like It on my netflix queue! After the Tom Cruise research of course.

Maureen said...

Heidi--your post came at the perfect time! Just this past week I asked my 9 year old son what he wanted to learn about and he responded Samurais and Claymation. I signed him up for a Claymation summer camp and was just beginning to get together books and DVDs about Samurai. Thanks for the great tips!

Aja Jenise said...

We are ding Samurai's as well right now. Some of these I havent seen... they will be great additions... thanks love!!

I am holding out for your girl!!