The Dinosaur Train Gang (get the joke there?) is back! Tiny, Shiny, Don, and Buddy are headed back out on the Dinosaur Train yet again for more family friendly fun in the latest release from The Jim Henson Company and PBS Kids, Dinosaur Train: We Are A Dinosaur Family. This latest grouping of episodes from the hit PBS Kids show is just as fun as any of the show’s previously released DVD compilations. What sets this compilation of episodes apart from others is the constant underlying theme of family in each of the set’s eight episodes. All the fun lessons about different dinos are there, too. And just as with previous sets, PBS Kids and The Jim Henson Company have made sure to include Dr. Scott’s segments. There are even printable coloring pages and interactive DVD-Rom games and more that the whole family will love. All things considered, the episodes and the special features included in Dinosaur Train: We Are A Dinosaur Family make this another wonderful inclusion to any family’s home DVD library.
Dinosaur Train: We Are A Dinosaur Family includes eight more entertaining and educational episodes of the hit PBS Kids series that the whole family will enjoy. All eight episodes included in this latest compilation have the underlying theme of family in each episode. Each episode features a different family theme that parents and kids alike will enjoy and appreciate. It all opens with the introduction of the Pteranodon kids’ grandparents in “Meet The Grandparents.” There are also special Mother’s Day and Father’s Day themed episodes in “Flowers For Mom” and “Dad’s Day Out.” Parents and kids will both enjoy “Date Night”, the set’s closer. On the surface, it may not seem like it fits. But it’s just as important to the set as any of the other episodes. Kids sometimes think that then their parents go out on a date night or a weekend alone, that their parents don’t love them, believe it or not. This episode serves as a great starting point to illustrate that parents just need some mom and dad time just like kids need kid time. And even when moms and dads get their mom and dad time, it doesn’t mean they don’t love their kids. If anything, they love them just as much, if not more. Any parent will be able to relate to this theme. It’s just one more example of what makes this compilation so worth adding to any family’s home DVD library.
The family-centric themes that run through all eight episodes in this set are just one reason that parents and their kids will both enjoy this latest DVD compilation. Just as with previous Dinosaur Train compilations, this one is loaded with even more paleontology lessons. The kids meet a burrowing dino called Oryctodromeus in “The Burrowers.” Viewers of any age will love how the kids are first introduced to the Oryctodromeus family. After a whole day of waiting to meet them, the kids come up with a hypothesis about the holes that they see which proves to be right in the end. They also meet a Hadrosaurus when they go to visit their grandparents in “To Grandparents’ Nest We Go!” They even learn about “classification” when they visit their grandparents. This is just part of all the fun lessons that are offered throughout all eight episodes in this set. Kids, parents, and even teachers will enjoy and appreciate all the lessons tied in to each episode just as much with each watch. Of course, the fun in this compilation doesn’t end with the direct lessons. There’s plenty of enjoyment thanks to Dr. Scott’s segments and the bonus activities, interactive game and printable coloring pages.
The bonus interactive game, activities, and coloring pages included in this latest compilation of Dinosaur Train episodes are all accessible when audiences pop the DVD into the DVD drive of their computer. Parents can print out coloring pages for their kids. The bonus interactive game will be familiar. As with previous Dinosaur Train DVDs, kids can learn just how big the dinosaurs featured in some of the episodes here really were. And Dr. Scott’s segments are just as much of a bonus. While they’re included as part of the episodes on TV, kids can watch them separately yet again on this DVD. Separating Dr. Scott’s segments from the episodes helps kids to focus better on the subject of each episode. It serves as another positive way to teach young viewers. Along with its companion bonus features, and the set’s episodes, it makes Dinosaur Train: We Are A Dinosaur Family one more wonderful compilation from PBS Kids and The Jim Henson Company for any family’s home DVD library. It is available this week and can be ordered direct from the PBS online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=23765876&cp=&kw=dinosaur+train+we+are+a+dinosaur+family&origkw=Dinosaur+Train+We+Are+A+Dinosaur+family&sr=1. Parents and kids can get more information on Dinosaur Train, watch episodes and play even more Dinosaur Train games online at http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.