Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Missye K. Clarke

“J, I, P, X, M, K, G …. I told a story and my Mommy helped me!”

Okay, quit gigglin’ – who am I kidding, that’s pretty funny, actually! – but here’s two ways of reading that jingle: either your child’s in dire need of revamping her alphabet recitations or he’s a little Stephen King protégé with a storytelling genesis after having watched “The Alphabet Stories: The Animated Book.”

Created by Karen Jia and illustrated by Jim Hummel with vibrant, almost-breathing technicolors, this DVD is available through Ms. Jia’s website www.cominda.com along with details about how to participate in the Mini Storyteller’s Contest.

“The purpose of this contest is to celebrate the usually overlooked storytelling abilities many toddlers have,” says Ms. Jia. “It’ll also designed to assist parents in discovering the joy of listening to their children’s imaginative tales. Behold, some of the storytellers today will be the best writers tomorrow.”

Contestants are strictly limited to preschooler age: three to five year old are eligible. However, parents and siblings are highly encouraged to assist their little John Grishams or J.K. Rowlings in the making with shaping the essays. Just go to the website listed here, head to the About Us portal of the site and the red “Mini Storyteller Contest” banner is ready for your mouse’s point-and-shoot command. Further into the site, in the “Sneak Peek” channel, you’re invited to download a DVD sampling of the quartet of breezy, playful tales of vowels and consonants. The DVD’s also available on www.Amazon.com and a great cure for the rainy Sunday blues for your preschooler with a sever bout of cabin fever.

Added Ms. Jia: “What makes this DVD so unique is in addition to alphabet teaching and story reading, there’s an animated section served for the parents to really have a good time with their kids.”

10 First Placers–Five for the Age Three group, Five for the Age Four group–will receive 10 children’s books of their choice (valued at $100 limit). 100 Second Placers will be awarded a T-shirt and Cominda’s next DVD release free. Cominda’s panelists are a blend of primarily preschool teachers and area writers. Playful portrayal of the Alphabet characters woven in a clear and creative plot that brings a grin to the panelist’s faces counts for huge points in getting in that winner’s circle.

So get your little guys imaginations working, the contest is fast approaching the Wednesday, February 15 2006 deadline. Winners will be announced March 15 2006 via e-mail.

Well? Don’t just sit there still reading this, you and your creative preschooler have some storytelling to do and a contest to win!

Originally published January 2006
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