Early this past April PBS Kids released another new collection of episodes from its family favorite animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The DVD, Daniel Goes Camping, is another welcome collection for any family’s home DVD library. The general writing within each episode is just as important to note as the episodes themselves. The bonus lessons included inside the DVD’s case are collectively its finishing touch. All things considered Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes Camping proves in the end to be yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes Camping is yet another enjoyable collection of episodes from the family favorite series. This is proven in part by the episodes presented in the DVD. The episodes are collectively a key element in the disc’s presentation because they all present one central theme through each episode. The theme in question is that of dealing with darkness. Part of every child’s personal development is handling the fear of the dark. The dark is scary to most children. And it is up to parents to help them understand that there is nothing to fear in the dark. These three episodes help parents in their attempts to help children confront and defeat their fear. That is, again, because of that continuous, underlying theme. What’s really interesting—and will be discussed at more length shortly—is the way in which that theme is presented through each episode’s writing. There are those that have criticized this collection for only presenting three episodes in comparison to the 8 – 9 episodes presented in the series’ previous DVDs. But considering the fact that none of the series’ other episodes boast the theme presented in these episodes Public Media Distribution can be easily forgiven for including only the three episodes that are featured in this set. Now having tackled that issue, the next logical step is to examine the set’s next positive, its writing.
The episodes that are presented in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes Camping are in their own right hugely important to the whole of the DVD. That is due to the underlying theme of facing the fear of the dark within each episode. It links all three episodes together. While there is no denying the importance of that theme, the writing within each episode is just as important as said theme. That is because not only does it tie together the underlying theme of facing the fear of the dark, but it does so through one central story concept. The concept in question is the sleepover. All three episodes are based on a sleepover story. O sleeps over with Daniel in the set’s lead episode, “Backyard Camping.” “Daniel Sleeps Over” sees Daniel sleeping over with Prince Wednesday. And in “Nighttime in the Neighborhood” Daniel is going to a sleepover with all of his friends. Along the way, he and his parents explore their neighborhood and see what it looks like at night. He and his friends even get to see the city together on a special ride on Trolley. The stories are each slightly different from one another. But they all run together just as much as the theme at the base of each. This makes the DVD in whole even more solid and enjoyable for audiences of all ages. It is still not the DVD’s last notable element either. The bonus lessons that were included in the DVD round out its presentation.
The episodes that are presented in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes Camping and the writing therein are both key elements to the DVD’s presentation. The episodes present one key underlying theme that runs through each one. The writing connects that theme with an underlying story element that ties them together just as much. While both elements are unquestionably important to the DVD’s presentation they are not its only important elements. The DVD also boasts a trio of lessons that parents especially can use with their children. The lessons in question are just as solidly tied into each episode as the themes and writing, too. The first of those lessons, “Grab Bag” encourages parents to put a number of items in a trash bag and have children reach in, grab an item, and use their senses to identify the item. On the surface, it could be used a lesson about the sense of touch. On another level, though it can be used to help talk about the unknown and not always being afraid of what they can’t see or identify especially in the dark. There is also a lesson (technically a game) of flashlight tag. This is a game that can be played at night as part of a means to help children see that the dark actually offers quite a bit of fun. “Courage Tree” is the last of the lessons included in this new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD. This activity encourages parents and children to make a construction paper tree. On each of the tree’s leaves, children can write down characteristics of courage. As is noted in the lesson, parents can go from there and discuss the noted characteristics shown by children each day. This makes it another multi-pronged lesson from which children will benefit not just at night but during any hour. Whether through this lesson or either of the other two included in the trio, all three lessons join together to show in whole the importance and value of the lessons to the DVD’s overall presentation. The lessons, together with the episodes and their stories, make this DVD in whole yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library and another of the year’s top new children’s DVDs.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes Camping is one more in a long line of welcome new DVD’s from the family favorite series. It is also one of the year’s top new children’s DVDs. This is proven in part by the episodes presented in the DVD. All three episodes present one continuous, underlying theme. The writing behind each episode is just as important because each episode’s story is connected by another continuous, underlying element. The bonus lessons included in the disc’s case round out the DVD’s presentation. Each element proves to be important in its own right to the collections’ overall presentation. Altogether they make this collection another in a long line of welcome Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs. They also combine to make this another of the year’s top new children’s DVDs. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD is available online along with activities and more at:
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