Stories, Segmentation, Songs Make New ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ DVD A Success

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Summer is right around the corner and so is summer break.  That means families across the country will soon be looking for ways to keep their children entertained if they haven’t already done so.  Luckily, PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution have just the answer – a brand new DVD that takes Daniel Tiger and his parents on a family trip.  Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip will be released May 16 in stores and online, and there is plenty for the whole family to appreciate about this new release whether going on their own family trips this summer or not beginning with the DVD’s main story and its segmentation.  The lessons tied into the main story (and its companion episodes) are important to note too in examining the DVD’s overall presentation.  The songs, while they may not seem overly important, are in fact important in their own right to the DVD’s presentation, too.  Each element is important in its own right.  Altogether, they make Tiger Family Trip a visual trip that audiences of all ages will enjoy.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip is a visual trip that audiences of all ages will enjoy.  This applies whether families are going on their own family trips this summer or not.  This is proven first and foremost through the DVD’s main story and its related segmentation.  The story follows Daniel and his family as they take a trip on Trolley to see Granpere, Daniel’s grandfather.  This is the kind of trip that is common during summer vacations, so it is fitting that it is being presented to home audiences in that exact time of year.  On a related note, the story’s companion episodes, which see Daniel and company visit a carnival, a butterfly garden and setting up a lemonade stand, are also very summer-themed stories.  They will just as certainly entertain families this summer.  They could even inspire families to take their own summer adventures to do the same kind of things.  Considering this, the DVD’s main story and its companion stories prove to be key pieces of the DVD’s presentation.

The story at the center of Tiger Family Trip is just one part of what makes that main feature so enjoyable.  It is just one part of what makes the DVD’s presentation a success.  The story’s segmentation adds even more depth to that presentation.  Audiences will note that the main story is broken up into four distinct segments, each of which clocks in at roughly 10 to 11 minutes long.  This might not seem like much on the surface, but in reality it is highly important.  That is because those short run-time ensure even more young viewers’ engagement.  If those behind the program had presented this story in one full presentation, odds are it might not have kept those same audiences engaged.  To that end, the main story’s segmentation proves to be just as pivotal to the DVD’s presentation as the story itself.

The story at the center of Tiger Family Trip’s main feature and its segmentation are both key features to said story.  The story is a work that is relevant to families of all types.  Its segmentation ensures young audiences’ engagement from beginning to end.  The lessons that are tied into the story are just as important to note in examining this DVD’s presentation as the story and its segmentation. Audiences will note that the show’s writers incorporated some familiar lessons into this original story.  Those familiar lessons include one about not waiting to use the bathroom, properly expressing one’s feelings and talking about them and other items.  The companion episodes present their own familiar lessons about trying things that are hard or maybe scary to a certain point.  As with the story’s segmentation, this might not seem overly important, but the opposite is the reality.  The fact that the writers could so effectively incorporate such familiar lessons into new scenarios yet again shows a lot of time and thought was put into their use.  The writers are to be commended for taking such time to consider this in creating the DVD’s main story.  That is not all for which they are to be commended.  The story’s musical numbers are important in their own right, too to the DVD’s presentation.

The story at the center of Tiger Family Trip, its segmentation and lessons are all key elements to discuss in examining this new DTN DVD. As has been noted, each element plays its own pivotal part in the DVD’s presentation.  They are only some of its key elements, too.  The songs that are incorporated into the story are just as important to discuss as the previously noted elements, believe it or not.  From rockabilly to light pop and in-between, the writers crafted a variety of songs that will entertain audiences of all tastes regardless of age.  This, like the story’s segmentation and lessons shows its own share of thought, too.  It shows a clear attempt by the show’s writers and creative forces to reach as many audiences as possible even through an element as minute as music.  Such consideration is just as worthy of applause as that used in developing the story, its segmentation and lessons.  When all three of these elements are joined, they make Tiger Family Trip a presentation that will entertain any family regardless of whether or not families are going on their own vacations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip is an enjoyable new offering of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  It is a collection of episodes that families will enjoy regardless of whether or not they are going on their own vacations.  That is due in part to the fact that it boasts yet another set of new stories that are expertly segmented and that feature some familiar lessons that are expertly placed in each story.  The songs that are incorporated into each story will reach audiences of all ages and tastes, too.  Each element is important in its own right to the DVD’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make this DVD a visual trip that every family will enjoy regardless of whether or not families are going on their own vacations this summer.  It could even motivate families to go on some new family outings be it a road trip or something closer to home.  It will be available in stores and online May 16 and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots of activities, games  and more at:

 

 

 

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PMD Taking Families On A Trip With Daniel Tiger’s Family Next Month

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Everybody’s favorite furry tiger friend is going on a special trip with his family, and families everywhere will get to come along next month.

Public Media Distribution recently announced it will release Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip on Tuesday, May 16.  The seven-episode collection will be available exclusively on DVD in stores and online for MSRP of $14.99 and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip is anchored by its title episode, an extended episode. This episode follows Daniel and his family as they go on a trip to see Granpere Tiger.  Daniel doesn’t know what to expect at first, but when his mom gives him a map he learns about all the exciting things to do and see on family trips.

‘Visiting Granpere’ follows the DVD’s title episode. This episode follows Daniel and Granpere as they hunt for buried treasure.

‘The Tiger Family Goes Back Home’ closes out the new DVD’s title story.  Daniel and Granpere go on a sunrise boat ride before he and his family head back home in this episode.

Also included in the DVD are four episodes that focus largely on handling different emotions in different settings.  The bonus episodes featured in this collection include: ‘The Neighborhood Carnival,’ ‘Fireflies and Fireworks,’ ‘The Lemonade Stand,’ and ‘Mad at the Beach.’

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PBS Kids Releasing Another New ‘DTN’ DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Public Media Distribution is taking families back to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood next month with another new collection of the series’ episodes on DVD.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Visits The Farm will be released on Tuesday, March 14 in stores and online.  The series’ latest DVD release, it will feature four more episodes from the family-favorite animated show.

This collection teaches young viewers important lessons about accepting help from others, responsibility and proper ways to express emotions all while entertaining them and their parents.  The DVD’s complete episode list is noted below.

 

DANIEL GOES TO THE FARM EPISODE LIST

 

  1. Daniel and Margaret Visit The Farm

 

  1. Clean Up Time

 

  1. Daniel Uses His Words

 

  1. Margaret’s Bath Time

 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Farm will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs is available online now along with more Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood games, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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Lionsgate’s Latest Literary/Cinematic Adaptation Leads Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Family DVDs/BDs List

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Courtesy: Lionsgate Premium

The realm of family entertainment is as vast when it comes to DVDs and Blu-rays as it is in terms of musical offerings.  That’s a powerful statement. And it has proven true once again this year.  Between PBS Kids, Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory, and other outlets, the number of family friendly offerings released this year has been impressive to say the least.

The content contained therein has been just as impressive as the DVDs and BDs themselves.  It is really what makes them so impressive.  From education to entertainment, this year’s crop of new family offerings has been quite balanced.  That balance has made choosing just a select list of the year’s best anything but easy.  Keeping that in mind, this critic has assembled a list of the year’s top new family DVDs and Blu-rays, which is presented here.  Topping this year’s list is a new offering from Lionsgate titled based on an equally well-known children’s novel.  Also included in this list are the 9th season of Curious George, a small handful of new titles from PBS Kids and a number of titles from Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory.

As with each Phil’s Picks list, this list features the Top 10 new titles in the list plus five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Without any further ado, here for you is Phil’s Picks Top 10 New Family DVDs and Blu-rays.

 

PHIL’S PICKS TOP 10 NEW FAMILY DVDs/BDs

 

  1. The Great Gilly Hopkins

 

  1. Zootopia

 

  1. Curious George Season 9

 

  1. Goosebumps

 

  1. Ice Age: Collision Course

 

  1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor

 

  1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland

 

  1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes Camping

 

  1. Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech

 

  1. Transformers Rescue Bots: Adventures In Time and Space

 

  1. Transformers Recue Bots: Bots Battle for Justice

 

  1. Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups

 

  1. Pound Puppies: A Rare Pair

 

  1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Super Daniel

 

  1. WordWorld: It’s Time For School

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ new ‘DTN’ DVD Is Another Enjoyable Collection For Audiences Of All Ages

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution

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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PBS Kids’ New ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ DVD Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Going to the doctor is no fun.  Whether it be an adult or a child, it is almost as bad as going to the dentist or waiting in line at the DMV.  Of course for parents and adults the dislike of visiting the doctor stems from different roots.  For adults it’s more the issue of the waiting.  For children, the dislike of doctors is more rooted in other factors.  Those other factors create not just a dislike of doctors but a fear of them, too.  In response to that fear and dislike of doctors, the writers behind the family favorite series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood crafted a handful of episodes to address children’s aversion to doctors.  The episodes address those concerns in a way that is accessible to audiences of all ages.  And this past May those episodes were collected for a new collection of episodes in the form of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor.  The episodes themselves are their own collective key element in the DVD’s presentation.  They are not the only key part of the disc’s presentation.  The writing behind each episode is just as important to note as the episodes themselves.  Last but hardly least of note in the disc’s presentation are the bonus activities included inside the disc’s case.  Each element is important in its own right to the disc’s presentation.  Altogether they make this collection, the series’ 13th collection, yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

This past May Public Media Distribution released a brand new collection of episodes from the hit PBS Kids animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  The DVD, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  The disc’s collection of episodes is key to this argument.  It boasts a total of nine episodes.  It should be noted that not every episode is directly connected to the theme of illness and doctors.  There is one episode (“A Stormy Night”) that doesn’t deal with illness and doctors.  Though, it does take on the disc’s secondary theme of facing one’s fears.  Audiences will note that this theme is just as prevalent in the disc’s episodes as the theme of illness and doctors.  That is because every child faces fear of doctors.  Considering this, despite having one episode that is seemingly unlike the others in this collection, the reality is that all nine episodes are tied together through their primary and secondary episodes.  That connection between each episode makes clear why the episodes themselves are so important in this collection’s presentation.  Of course the episodes themselves are just one part of what makes this collection so welcome in any family’s home DVD library.

The episodes that are featured in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor are important in their own right to the disc’s presentation.  That is because they each follow at least one of two themes that connect each one to the others.  The episodes are, collectively, just one of the disc’s key elements, though.  The writing behind each episode is just as important to its presentation as the episodes.  The writing is so important because of the manner in which each episode’s story ties the episodes and their themes together.  Audiences will note that with the exception of just one of the featured stories, each of the stories presented here focuses on doctors and dealing with illness in one way or another.  Some of the stories take place inside the doctor’s office and others take place around Daniel’s neighborhood.  And each presents its own unique scenario.  In “Daniel Gets Better” Daniel has to go to the doctor after injuring his ankle while playing with his little sister Margaret.  On a related note, when Daniel and Miss Elaina get a little too dizzy while playing together ,Miss Elaina falls down and hurts her elbow.  So her mom comes and puts a band-aid on her elbow.  They are two totally different stories yet have similar plots.  “Daniel Gets A Cold” and “Mom Tiger Is Sick” are connected by having one then the other getting sick.  And in “Daniel’s Neighbors Help” Daniel gets sick again.  This time, his parents and friends are there to help him get better just like he helped his mom when she was sick.  The writers even tackle children’s fears of shots in “Daniel Gets A Shot.”  Daniel isn’t sick.  He just has to go to the doctor’s office to get a shot.  Obviously he isn’t happy about it, and even a little afraid.  So it’s up to his mom to help him face his fear.  Again, it is a story that stands on its own merits separate from the stories featured in the disc’s other episodes.  Yet it still manages ultimately to connect to the stories featured in the disc’s other episodes.  The same applies to the disc’s bonus episode “Daniel Visits The Doctor.”  There’s no sickness this time; just Daniel visiting the doctor for a standard checkup.  It’s just as simple of a story as the others.  Yet it helps drive home the message that doctors are not to be feared.  They are there to help.  Whether through this story or that of any of the set’s other episodes the writing ultimately proves in each episode to be just as important to the disc’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  Even as important as both elements prove to be to the collection’s presentation, they are not its only key elements.  The collection also comes with a pair of activities in the disc’s case as bonus material for families.  Those two lessons round out the most important of the disc’s elements.

Both the episodes featured in PBS Kids’ new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD and the writing therein are important in its own way to the DVD’s overall presentation.  While there is no arguing either element’s importance to the set’s presentation, thy are not its only important elements.  The bonus activities included inside the disc’s case are just as notable as the episodes and their writing.  Both lessons are ways for parents to alleviate children’s fear of the doctor.  The first is an activity involving X-rays.  It encourages parents to discuss with their children the purpose of X-rays.  After discussing what X-rays do, and that they are painless, parents are encouraged to make a pretend x-ray picture with their children.  They do that by tracing their children’s hand or foot on a piece of black construction paper as if it was an actual X-ray picture.  Of course a white crayon, pen, or other writing utensil would be used to make the outline look even more like an X-ray picture.  From there, parents and their children can glue cotton swabs onto the outline to show where the different bones would be.    It is a great way to calm children’s nerves if they are preparing to get an X-ray done.

The second of the disc’s bonus activities is a collage project.  Parents and children can assemble simple medical items such as cotton swabs, band-aids, tongue depressors, and latex gloves on a large piece of poster board.  As they assemble the items on the poster board, parents and children can discuss what each item is and why it is used.  This is another important activity because it serves in its own right to help make a doctor’s visit not so scary for children.  It’s one more way in which the disc’s bonus material proves to be just as important to its presentation as its featured episodes and their writing.  All things considered, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor proves in the end to be another enjoyable collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ family favorite series.  It is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor is hardly the first collection of episodes to be released from PBS Kids’ family favorite series.  It is more than likely not the series’ last collection of episodes, too.  It is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  That is due in part to the episodes presented in the collection.  Each one is connected to the others through at least on of two different themes that run through each one.  The writing behind each episode is another key element in the set’s presentation.  That is because each story sets itself apart from the others yet still manages to connect each one together just as much as the episodes’ themes.  The bonus activities included inside the DVD’s case play their own part in the set’s presentation, too.  Both activities serve to help lighten children’s fears of the doctor.  Each element is important in its own right to the collection’s presentation, as one can see by now.  All things considered, the elements noted here make this DVD yet another enjoyable collection of episodes from the hit PBS Kids’ series and yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with even more activities, printables, and more at:

 

 

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Nothing To Fear About Daniel Tiger’s New DVD

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

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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