Introducing Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales
* SUMMARY CODES: SN - Special Needs
At virtually any pre-school facility and in many homes, the words "Quiet
a familiar term. Quiet time is exactly that, a period of quiet and calm where
teachers or caregivers will read fairy tales, or initiate some other activity
where the children will begin to calm down and often times take a nap. This
is where Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales are a perfect fit.
A perfect analogy to illustrate this comes from the words of the folks who
are the creators of the product in my interview with them in person. "Our
intent is to follow a proven example such as 'Mister Rogers', a show with a
character who was set apart from the fast-paced adventure cartoons and similar
media on television."
To be more specific in their analogy, they went on to bring a very important
fact to light. "Much
like the daily show with 'Mister Rogers', the DVD's create a calming
and soothing atmosphere for children in a classroom or home. This
stirs the imaginations of children, inspiring a love of stories and story-telling
while providing more time for parents and teachers. They can more easily
monitor the children, while now being enabled to enjoy the relaxing stories
with them, attend to other tasks at hand, or both."
A More Detailed Look At The DVD Series
Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales is a series of 12 one-hour DVDs for children
ages 2–8. (Although we have found many parents in our evaluation, were
caught up in the stories just as the children, winding down for a while to
relax and enjoy the stories.) In each volume the character of 'Grandpa
Read', (played by actor Gary Sturm), reads five classic children's
stories and fairy tales aloud while accompanied by original illustrations commissioned
for the project. Each DVD also contains a new original song, with all 13 songs
featured on a Quiet Time Tales music CD.
Quiet Time Tales - Collection 1
The first collection of Quiet Time Tales
contains 60 stories with 10 illustrations per story and 13 original songs.
Many of the classic tales which we all are familair with are included
in the 12 DVD collection. The Three Bears, Puss in Boots, Cinderella,
Jack and the Beanstalk, The Ugly Duckling, The Pied Piper of Hamelin,
and Beauty and the Beast. These are but a mere glance at the many
wonderful stories you have available for your students or children
Each of these stories encompasses a good moral or ethical foundation
which children can build upon. Children at the age for which this collection was
created are like fresh clay, still being shaped and influenced by their
daily experiences. The Quiet Time Tales are a magnificent collection
which can have an important and time proven positive influence in
Independent Evaluation of Quiet TimeTales
In this section we will cover "Quiet Time Tales" from a top level
professional point of view. To accomplish that task we have called upon the
assistance of two well known industry professionals who have the credentials
to provide us with the highest level of independent evaluation we are looking
Our independent evaluators will form their own opinions and produce detailed,
in-depth reports connected with their study and evaluation of the "Quiet
Time Tales" DVD's. The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from
these same reports from which certain portions have been selected and some portions
paraphrased. This done so that the information being conveyed by this
industry professional is more easily read and simple to comprehend what they
are stating. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in
the evaluation of the "Quiet
PLEASE NOTE: The names of our independent evaluators are not disclosed to protect the privacy of these individuals upon their request. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and qualified product evaluation summary. Their title is provided to clarify for our readers the specific type of specialist from which the information provided has been included in each product evaluation summary.
Educational Development Specialist
"The Quiet Time DVD's were an enjoyable and stirring experience to evaluate. This
collection takes a fundamental approach to education and the forging of a young
child's mind. I speak of education due to the fact that while we as adults
may already be familiar with many of the stories within the DVD collection,
many children are not. While each child is hearing a storyline,
at the same time they are on a path of learning from each of the stories."
"These DVD's awaken the creative mind in a child and take them down
on a journey, rather a new journey with each story where they can create
a virtual image in their minds of the storyline. As each story unfolds,
they are creating and exploring a new virtual world of their imagination."
"By breaking away from the current forms of media today and returning
to a simple and calming environment for introducing information to a child,
this forms a pattern of learning which captivates the whole and complete
attention of a child. It
opens their minds more readily to learning and begins embedding primary lessons
from each story in their memory which they will use to parallel other experiences
as they are continuing to evolve both mentally and physically. These DVD's
stir inner passion and innocence in a child serving as a catalyst which causes
them to be eager to learn more."
Neuroscientist / Doctor of Behavioral Study, Ph.D.
"The Quiet Time DVD's provided an engaging and unique unification
of real-life characters and story-telling familiarity into a well structured
format of media. The DVD's have taken televised media programming with
which children are familiar with and transitioned it into a DVD format which
enables a wider range of application."
"The content on each DVD has extensive value which is often overlooked
in today's society here in the states. Story tales which have been
around for generations hold a commonality which purveys a sense of comfort
and safety when they are recited. As the stories continue in
their plot, a superfluity of activity occurs as the information in the
stories stimulates further critical skill development in a child.
For a child, they will not define
the content of the content of each of the DVD's with complex thought
processes as an adult does to classify each form of media they are experiencing.
For a child, they
will simply interpret the content in the simplest form possible, audio
and video input which without their own own conscious thought,
stimulates a preferential learning process."
"An abstract thought to consider is what role use of these
DVD's might play in therapeutic studies with SN children. To
be more specific, children with Autism. Considering the manner in which
these DVD's influence the skills and behavioral traits of the average child,
there very well my be strong potential for use with SN children. I
would like to suggest you reference this with your readers and see what results
might come from this idea."
"There is a high probability of children manifesting a significant
improvement in their skill development on multiple levels and well beyond question. Using
a 'familiar' content structure approaches the children not just at a learning
and skill development perspective, but doing so with productive and unmitigated
psychological development being all inclusive as well. The end result is
of course a strong level of comprehension and solidified retention of what they
have seen and heard in each session with the DVD's."
Spontaneous and Appointment Consumer Hands-On Evaluation
Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with
a product when it is being evaluated. Based upon that fact
we put every single product we evaluate at the mercy of consumers
in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. Shall we see how the "Grandpa
Read's Quiet Time Tales" DVD's
were seen with consumers?
Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales was part of several spontaneous
and direct focused consumer hands-on
evaluations performed in multiple states, including four-star hotels
and some pre-schools, along with a generous
number of other
products from multiple categories. Having several products
available for consumer
evaluation all at once
provides a more well-balanced and unbiased evaluation of each of
For the Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's, they were well taken
and drew plenty of praise. It was quite amazing how many of the children
made a connection with Grandpa Read, his dog, many of the drawings, or even
the fish! Here were children from each city and state with no variance...they
all were enthralled as they saw the screen with Grandpa
Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's playing, telling his stories.
In the image above/left, you see the entire collection of the DVD's which
were left with a family for direct focus consumer evaluation. The family
was able to have the collection of DVD's for several weeks, then they were
taken to another family or spontaneous consumer hands-on evaluation event.
The reason I chose to take this shot was that when I saw the DVD's lokking like
that, it showed that the family had not just looked at one DVD, but rather
several of them. I noticed as well that the DVD's were not even in their
original sequential order. I inquired of the family why the DVD's were
on the counter, not with the rest of their DVD's so neatly sitting in the entertainment
center next to the counter. Their reply as that the "other" DVD's
are there because they are not viewed often. According to their
eldest daughter, "Mom
preferred to have them readily available because of the toddlers
constantly pestering her to hear another story...again."
There was no question about it, in every instance of Grandpa Read's Quiet
Time Tales DVD's being provided for evaluation, they pulled plenty of attention. It
came to a point where we had to keep our eyes on the DVD's in fear of them.."growing
some legs and walking away." Despite our strongest efforts, one
of the DVD's still managed to grow some legs and take a hike.
In reviewing the feedback forms which the participants filled
out from all of the locations where we hosted spontaneous hands-on evaluation
of products, it was amazing how many parents expressed how their children loved
the DVD's. The Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's passed this phase
of our evaluation quite well, now eligible to be one of the limited few product
that makes it to our final evaluation phase.
A Sampling Of Category Ratings
A small sampling of the individual category
titles & rating
scores from the complete product review itself
for this product are featured here. The categories which have been selected to
be featured in this product evaluation summary for
public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why that specific
rating score was reached.
- If a product is inducted, a product evaluation summary of the
complete review is published for public view.
- When a score has been assigned to a category rating, it has been through
a thorough validation process to ensure accuracy and no inflection of bias.
- If a product makes it to the final phase of evaluation yet scores an overall category
evaluation rating average of  (Stars) or
lower from the complete review results,
it fails the evaluation and is not inducted.
- Information for products which do not pass our evaluation is confidential and
is shared only with the company submitting the product.
The Featured Category Ratings for this Product Evaluation
Summary are listed below.
CONTENT QUALITY: Rating Level - 
The Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's pull their weight
in this category for CONTENT
QUALITY. When you consider how they so effectively stimulated the attention
children, they are clearly an excellent product.
Just as the very best DVD products of the past which have made it into the ranks
of products inducted here, Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's has
a well balanced compilation of visual and audio content
to stimulate not just a child's mind,
but their emotions as well. Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's provide
a substantial contribution to critical and cognitive
skill development which will encourage repetitive use and essential
learning and skill development.
The Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's stimulates critical
skill development in a child in a rather subtle approach as
they are being stimulated on
multiple fronts simultaneously. The more a child experiences the DVD's, there
is a constant level
of further advancement in
many of the most important areas of a child's developmental
skills. The Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's pulls
a perfect score of  in this category for CONTENT
CRITICAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Rating Level - 
The Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's provides a substantial
contribution to critical and cognitive
With the children multi-tasking by watching the illustrations and video, the
Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's contributes so
much to a child's developmental skills that the word "substantial" doesn't
even do it justice. The Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's comes
flying through the gates with a perfects score of  in this category for CRITICAL
EDUCATIONAL VALUE: Rating Level - 
The Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's really made a
strong impression in this category for EDUCATIONAL
VALUE. In all consumer hands-on evaluation as well as in-house
evaluation, the Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's was
seen as a source of creative
stimulation which envelopes a child's experience on multiple levels.
The Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's establishes a
clear-cut example of educational value with the "Quiet Time" idea
combined with familiar characters such as a grandfather, dog, fish, and the
drawings. After discussion with
evaluators and in-house evaluators it was determined that the Grandpa
Read's Quiet Time Tales easily fulfills the demands that people are
looking for in a DVD collection such as this, well above average, yet just
not enough to take it to the top for a perfect score.
There are multiple perspectives with which to look at what is the definition of
this DVD's contribution to educational value. One of the primary features is
how the DVD's are capable of being recognized as a hybrid-use product. They
can be adopted for use in multiple platforms both consumer and education. After
reviewing all evaluation
results and independent evaluator reports, The Grandpa Read's Quiet
Time Tales DVD's pull a
score of  in this category for EDUCATIONAL VALUE.
MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - 
The marketability with the Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales presented
a challenging task to establish a fair and accurate final score.
In the video
tapes and what we witnessed personally in the hands-on evaluation segment,
the Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's proved their worth
to us. The popularity not just with consumers but with teachers as well really
In our final tally of scores in the category for MARKETABILITY, the Grandpa
Read's Quiet Time Tales comes in with a perfect
score of  Stars in this evaluation category for MARKETABILITY.
RESPONSE LEVEL: Rating Level - 
level with for kids with the Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales
pretty well what we all expected. There was no question in any manner that the Grandpa
Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's capture
the full attention of the children as intended and create a clear and well
defined response of the highest level. The
response level in all hands-on evaluations by children and family
members were well beyond the norm and constant at all times. Children were
literally engrossed in
the experience. Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's
pull a perfect score of  in this category for RESPONSE LEVEL.
VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - 
appeal for Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales DVD's is from lacking.
The DVD packaging itself was above average and the content
of the DVD's was such a perfect
balance of labors and educational
value. The colors, images, and characters draw
the full attention of the target age group it is designed for while at the same
time capturing the attention of the adults as well. The Grandpa Read's Quiet
Time Tales DVD's passed this category for VISUAL APPEAL with a perfect score