Magazine article USA TODAY

Dial It Down a Notch by Letting Grandpa Read

Magazine article USA TODAY

Dial It Down a Notch by Letting Grandpa Read

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By the time we had our fourth child, we'd pretty much had it with the frenetic animation, crazy sound effects, and loud music that seemingly have become the norm in "children's books," which is why we've since turned to Quiet Time Tales' welcomed combination of calm storytelling, charming illustrations, and peaceful original songs that were developed to address the need for downtime in children's lives. By taking a segment of every day to relax and recharge, youngsters can reduce their overall stress levels, increase their ability to cope with conflict and adversity and even experience increases in creativity. That's where "Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales" can help. In the tradition of "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" and "Reading Rainbow," Quiet Time Tales is wholesome, educational children's programming.

Each of the DVD's in the collection contains five complete stories (60 in all) read aloud by the gentle character of Grandpa Read, played by Gary Sturm, a real-life grandfather of four. Dozens of illustrations commissioned specifically for the collection accompany each story. …

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