Meteorological winter is still many weeks away. But don’t tell the people at PBS and PBS Distribution. That is because the companies released earlier this month a new winter-themed collection of episodes from PBS’ hit animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The collection—Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland—was released Oct. 11. The four-episode collection is small, needless to say. But it boasts its own share of positives beginning with its lessons. That will be discussed shortly. The stories that are used to teach the noted lessons are just as important to note in this set’s presentation as the lessons themselves. Last but hardly least of note in the collection’s presentation is the inclusion of the live action segments with each episode. Each element is important in its own right to the collection’s presentation. All things considered the collection in whole proves to be yet another enjoyable collection of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes for audiences of all ages.
PBS and PBS Distribution’s latest collection of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes is yet another enjoyable collection of episodes from the hit animated PBS/PBS Kids for audiences of all ages. That is due in no small part to the lessons that are taught throughout each of the collection’s four featured episodes. One of the key lessons that is presented in the set’s featured episodes is that of trying things that are difficult. It is not the only lesson that is presented in these episodes, either. The set’s final episode, “Baking Mistakes” teaches an equally important lesson about making mistakes and learning from them, and the set’s opener, “A Snowy Day” teaches a relatively simple lesson about dressing properly for cold weather. What is interesting here is the manner in which those behind the set’s creation tied that episode into “Daniel’s Winter Wonderland” and “Neighborhood Nutcracker,” the set’s other winter-themed episodes. That leads into another of the key elements to note in this collection’s presentation, the stories used to teach the set’s lessons.
The lessons that are taught in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland, are a collectively important part of the collection’s presentation. That is because they are lessons that are key to children’s personal and social development. While the lessons featured in this collection are clearly important to the set’s presentation, they are not its only collectively key element. The stories that are used to teach each of the featured lessons are just as important to note as the lessons themselves. DTN’s (as it will henceforth be known in this review) writers crafted a relatively simple story for “A Snowy Day.” The story sees Daniel and Miss Elena playing outside in the snow. Before they can play though, they have to find the right attire to keep them warm. They get the right clothes but then eventually go back inside so that they can warm back up indoors. Again, it’s a relatively simplistic story. But it is one that will entertain and educate. That story leads directly into the story for “Daniel’s Winter Wonderland.” This episode’s story takes Daniel and Prince Wednesday back outdoors with Daniel’s dad to a really big hill where Daniel and Prince Wednesday learn about doing things that seem hard (and maybe intimidating). From there, the group goes ice skating. Daniel and Prince Wednesday learn in both settings that even if something seems hard (or intimidating, technically), approaching those hard things a little bit at a time can make them less hard to do. That lesson is directly approached in the third of the set’s episodes, “Neighborhood Nutcracker” when Daniel has to take over for Prince Wednesday in his neighborhood’s presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet in the ballet’s lead role. The story at the center of the set’s final episode, “Baking Mistakes” stands starkly apart from the set’s other stories because it technically has nothing to do with the set’s other three episodes. It finds Daniel and Prince Wednesday making cookies with Baker Aker. The group makes some mistakes along the way, but learns that it’s okay to make mistakes because that’s how people learn. This is a story that could apply just as much during colder weather as in warmer weather. That being the case it still makes the story fit with the collection’s other stories. Keeping this in mind, and the stories at the center of each of the set’s other episodes, the whole of the set’s stories proves to be just as important to this DVD’s presentation as the lessons that are taught within each episode. Even as important as the lessons and stories are to the disc’s presentation, they are not the collection’s only key elements. The live action segments that are included with each episode are just as important to the collection’s presentation as its stories and lessons.
The lessons are stories that are presented throughout Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland are both key elements in this DVD’s presentation. That is because collectively they both entertain and educate audiences of all ages. As important as they are to the collection’s presentation, they are not its only key elements. The live action segments that are included in the collection are just as important to its presentation as the previously discussed elements. It seems like it isn’t that important on the surface. But in the bigger picture, they are doubly important. That is because they serve both to help drive home the lessons that are taught within each episode and they also serve to help make the viewing experience exactly the same as it would be if families were watching the episodes on television. This means that even if families don’t get to see these episodes on TV, they can still see them on DVD and have the experience be just like it is on television. Again, it seems like something of a non-factor. But in the grand scheme of things even something so minor can make a big difference. Keeping that in mind, the live action segments that are included with this set’s featured episodes prove clearly to be just as important to the collection as its lessons and stories. When all three elements are taken into consideration together they show in whole why this collection is yet another enjoyable Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood collection for audiences of all ages.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland is hardly the series’ first collection of episodes. Even with that in mind, it is still another enjoyable collection of episodes from the hit animated series for audiences of all ages. That is due in no small part to the collection’s featured lessons. When the set’s featured lessons are coupled with the episodes’ stories, that pair will entertain and educate audiences of all ages. The live action segments that come with the episodes put the finishing touch on the collection. That is because not only do they drive home the lessons taught in each episode but they also enhance the collection’s viewing experience. They do so by making the viewing experience feel as if audiences are watching the episodes on television instead of on DVD. It might not seem like much on the surface, but it plays a big role in the grand scheme of everything. The importance of each discussed element to the collection’s presentation should be clear by now. All things considered, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland proves, again, to be another enjoyable experience for audiences of all ages. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store. More information on this DVD is available online now along with all of the latest Daniel Tiger news, games and activities at:
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