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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‘Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas’ Is One Of 2016’s Top New Holiday Offerings

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Christmas is still a few months away but don’t tell the people at PBS Kids.  That is because they are already getting audiences in the holiday mood with the new Wild Kratts DVD WildKratts: Creature Christmas.  The new Wild Kratts “movie” will be released Tuesday, October 4th in stores and online.  There is plenty to say to the positive about this new offering from PBS Kids beginning with its story.  That will be discussed shortly.  As enjoyable as its story makes it, Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas is not a perfect presentation.  Even with the movie being a full-hour-long presentation, there are no bonus features included with the movie.  That will be discussed later.  Of course it doesn’t completely ruin the movie.  The movie’s pacing ensures audiences will remain engaged and entertained throughout the course of its hour-long run time.  All things considered even without any bonus material to accompany it, Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas still proves to be an enjoyable holiday flick for the whole family.

PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts “movie” Creature Christmas is an enjoyable holiday flick for the whole family.  That is due in large part to its story.  The story at the center of this movie stands out because it isn’t just another rip-off of It’s a Wonderful Life or Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Those two movies serve as the basis for so many of today’s holiday flicks.  So it’s nice to see from this movie that it isn’t just another one of those pieces.  In the case of this movie, Chris, Martin and their friends have to stop Zach Varmitech, Donita Donata, and Gaston Tato from kidnapping a bunch of animal babies for their own nefarious purposes.  This means splitting up and going after the trio of villains and recovering all of the animal babies that they have ever saved before.  What audiences will especially appreciate here is that the “movie’s” writers don’t just make it easy for the Kratt brothers and their friends.  They actually present something of a challenge for the gang.  Of course the whole thing comes out with a happy end.  And at no point will it ever leave audiences upset.  Considering this, the “movie’s” story proves in the end to be one of its key elements if not its sole key element.  As much as the story does for the “movie’s” presentation, it is not a perfect presentation.  Unlike PBS Kids’ other Wild Kratts DVDs, this presentation doesn’t include any bonus material.

The story at the center of Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas is an undeniably important piece of the “movie’s” presentation.  The show’s writers are to be hugely applauded for not taking the easy route with this story and just making it another rip-off of It’s A Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol.  For that reason alone, this “movie” makes itself well worth the watch any holiday season.  As important as that is not note, the DVD’s lack of bonus material is just as important to note as the story.  That is because there are no bonus features included in the DVD’s presentation here.  It would have been nice to see some bonus activities centered on children making their own animal themed holiday decorations or something similar, but none of it is present here.  There is no denying the fact that this detracts from the “movie’s” presentation.  In defense of the “movie,” though the creature features at the beginning and end of the “movie” are present just as with every other Wild Kratts DVD.  To that end, it at least somewhat makes up for the disc’s lack of bonus material.  Considering this, the “movie’s” lack of bonus material doesn’t completely detract from its presentation.  The pacing of the “movie’s” story works with the story and the standard creature features to make Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas even more worth the watch.

 

The story at the center of Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas and its standard creature features, which bookend the special, do plenty to make it a holiday flick that the whole family will enjoy.  That is the case even though the special comes without any bonus material.  The movie’s pacing through its hour-long run time never once lets up nor does it move too fast.  The special’s writers balanced the pacing just enough that no viewer will ever feel lost or left behind at any one point.  It is that easy to follow from beginning to end.  Being that it is so easy to follow audiences will remain engaged and entertained throughout.  By the time the story ends, audiences will agree that the story’s pacing is indeed an important part of the special’s presentation, and just as important as the story itself.  When it is set alongside the “movie’s” story and the standard creature features that bookend the story the presentation in whole proves to be one of the year’s best new holiday offerings.

Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas is one of 2016’s first great holiday offerings.  It is a special that is a great holiday flick for the whole family.  That is due in part to the special’s story.  It is an original presentation that stands out clearly from all of the rip-offs of It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol.  Even though the DVD lacks the bonus material that is commonplace in the series’ previous DVDs, the creature features that bookend the movie make up for that lack at least to a point.  That is because they are standard to the series’ standard episodes.  The story’s solid pacing works directly with the story itself to keep viewers completely engaged and entertained from beginning to end.  When all three elements are combined, they reveal the “movie” to be one of the year’s best new holiday offerings and an enjoyable holiday flick for the whole family. Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, October 4th.  It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other Wild Kratts DVDs is available along with all of the show’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ Latest ‘Wild Kratts’ Collection Will Educate And Entertain Audiences Of All Ages

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS/PBS Distribution

Chris and Martin Kratt are back again with yet another new collection of episodes from their hit PBS Kids series Wild Kratts in the form of Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles.  Released late last month, the new four-episode collection is another enjoyable presentation that audiences will find just as enjoyable and useful in the classroom as the living room.  That is due on part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are taught within each episode are just as important as the episodes themselves to the collection’s presentation.  The bonus material that is included with the collection rounds out its most important elements.  Each element plays its own part in the collection’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles proves to be, again, yet another enjoyable collection of Wild Kratts episodes whether in the classroom or the living room.

PBS Kids’ latest collection of Wild Kratts episodes is yet another enjoyable collection whether in the classroom or the living room.  It is a collection that elementary school science and biology teachers will find to be as effective of a teaching tool as parents would find it to be in the home.  That is due in part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection.  There are only four episodes featured in this collection.  But all four episodes follow the central theme presented in the collection’s title.  This is important to note because of the number of compilations from other companies out there whose episodes hardly follow the theme of their titles.  Believe it or not there are compilations out there that suffer greatly from that issue.  To be fair even PBS has released compilations that suffer from this problem.  It hasn’t happened a lot but it has happened.  Luckily though, that didn’t happen here. Rather, a different reptile was profiled in each episode complete with original story line to make the episodes even better.  These two elements, when combined, show why the episodes featured in this collection are so important to its presentation.  They are, collectively, just part of what makes the collection so enjoyable.  The lessons that are presented within each episode are just as important to the set as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that make up the body of PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts compilation are in themselves hugely important to the set’s presentation.  That is because they each follow the collection’s main theme rather than deviating from that theme.  They are, collectively, just part of what makes the collection so enjoyable.  The lessons that are presented within each episode are just as key to the set as the episodes themselves.  That is thanks not just to the fact that each lesson is different from the others but because of how each lesson is presented.  “Crocogator Contest” is a prime example of this.  Audiences are taught the difference between crocodiles and alligators when Chris and Martin take part in a race to see which one—a crocodile or an alligator—would perform best against the other.  The episode points out the physical traits and even gait of each that separates the massive creatures from one another.  It’s a great way to both entertain and inform audiences.  Considering that few adults can tell the difference between the two, some older audiences might even find this episode enjoyable and informative, too considering this.  The set’s opening episode “The Gecko Effect” teaches viewers how geckos are able to stick to walls when the Kratt brothers have to keep the villainous Zach Varmitech from shrinking every animal in the world.  In “Rattlesnake Crystal” viewers learn about rattlesnakes’ sensory abilities and how they are used to help the snakes survive. The lesson is taught when the Tortgua runs low on power and is forced to crash-land in the Sonoran Desert. It’s up to Chris and Martin to find more tellurium crystals, the crystals that power the Tortuga so that the gang can get the ship running again.  Yet again, here is a story line that is entirely separate and original from the others.  The same applies with the other noted episodes and in the case of “Chameleons on Target.”  Simply put, the different lessons presented within each episode and the difference in the ways that they are presented prove to be just as important to this set’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  They are still not the only important elements to note in examining the collections presentation.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to examine as the set’s episodes and their associated lessons.

The episodes that are featured in PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts DVD and their associated lessons are both undeniably important to the set’s presentation.  Each element is important for its own specific reason.  They are not the set’s only key elements, though.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to its presentation as its episodes and their lessons.  The bonus material is important to note because it comes in the form of two more lessons that are both fun and educational.  The first of the bonus lessons is directly associated with the featured episode “Rattlesnake Crystal.”  The lesson teaches children about how rattlesnakes use their rattles by having children make their own “rattlers.”  In this case they get to make homemade shakers.  So not only do kids get an extra biology lesson here but also the starting point in an elementary level music lesson, too.  The second of the bonus lessons teaches about the difference between reptile eggs and bird eggs.  On the surface it is a basic lesson.  On a much higher level, educators in higher education (believe it or not) could use this lesson in discussions on whether or not today’s birds are ancestors of ancient dinosaurs because of the difference in the species’ eggs.  That surprising lesson adds even more interest and importance to this lesson.  All things considered here, it is clear why this collection’s bonus material is so important to the set’s overall presentation.  When they are set alongside the set’s featured episodes and their associated lessons, all three episodes show undeniably why Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is yet another set of Wild Kratts episodes that is just as fitting in the classroom as it is in the living room.

Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is hardly the first ever collection of episodes to be released from the hit PBS Kids series.  It is, though another collection that parents and teachers alike will enjoy and appreciate.  That is due in part to the set’s featured episodes. All four episodes follow the set’s theme, which is set by its title.  The lessons that are featured within the episodes are each different from one another and different in how they are presented.  The bonus material that is included in the collection is just as important to note because of the extra lessons that it introduces.  Each element is obviously important in its own unique way.  All things considered, the noted elements make this collection, once again, yet another piece that will be just as welcome in the classroom as in the living room.  It is available now in stores and online, and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is available online now along with all of the latest Wild Kratts news, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘Peg + Cat’ DVD Is In Fact Another “Out Of This World” Collection

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS Kids/PBS

School is currently out for most students across the country.  But even with children being out on vacation, it is never too soon to instill a little education with their summer fun.  That’s where PBS Kids comes into play.  PBS Kids has already released a handful of family friendly DVDs that will both entertain and educate audiences of all ages this summer.  Earlier this month it released yet another new family friendly offering in the form of Peg + Cat’s new DVD Out Of This World.  This latest offering from the award-winning series is much smaller than its predecessors.  But it still offers plenty to be appreciated beginning with its featured stories.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are contained therein are just as important to note in the collection’s bigger picture as the stories in which the lessons are presented.  The bonus material that is included in the set rounds out the collection’s most important elements.  It brings everything full circle here and shows together with the featured stories and lessons why the DVD is, in whole yet a rather aptly titled collection.

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World is an aptly titled new collection from the award-winning PBS Kids series.  That is because it proves in whole that it is in fact an out of this world set, even as small as it may be.  This is proven in part through the stories that make up the main body of the disc.  Unlike previous Peg + Cat DVD collections, this one is much smaller than its predecessors in regards to its stories.  It features only for stories, whereas the majority of its predecessors feature twice that number.  Not every collection does.  But the majority of those collections do double up on that story count.  Even featuring only four episodes it still doesn’t detract from the collection.  That is because the stories are original and also interconnected.  Each story sees Peg and her furry, blue friend visiting their alien pal Richard, who lives on the purple planet for different reasons.  “The Doohickey Problem” sees Peg and Cat having to fix their rocket ship because it has broken.  And it is up to Richard to help them.  The duo visits him yet again in “The Long Line Problem” as he waits to get the latest new yellow gadget.  This is an especially funny episode for parents because it is obvious that the writers were poking fun at Apple and the people who wait so rabidly for the latest new Apple gadget even if they don’t know entirely what it does.  In “Richard The Third” Peg and Cat have to help motivate Richard as he competes with his siblings (who just happen to also be named Richard).  The story plays on the practice of people being called “the first,” the second,” and so on.  The set’s final episode “The T-Ball Problem” joins Richard with Peg and Cats T-Ball team in order to take on another team for the purple planet’s “world series.”  It’s a fitting way to not only entertain and educate young audiences (and even some older audiences thanks to its lesson) but also build hype over MLB’s road to the “second season” now that said annual road is being paved once again.  All four stories have their own identity separate from the others.  But they are all connected by one underlying thread—that of Peg and Cat’s visits with Richard.  The fact that the people at PBS Kids and PBS Distribution were able to connect all four episodes together all while maintaining the episodes’ identities is impressive in its own right.  It shows again that while the set boasts only four stories, they are still four stories that will keep audiences of all ages entertained and educated from beginning to end.  The stories are collectively just part of what makes this latest collection of Peg + Cat episodes so enjoyable.  The lessons that are tied into the stories are just as important to note as the stories that are featured within each episode.

The stories that make up the main body of Peg + Cat: Out Of This World are in their own right hugely important to the DVD’s overall presentation.  That is because each story has its own identity yet is connected to the others by the central thread of Peg and Cat visiting Richard in each story.  The balance presented therein makes the stories their own clearly important part to the disc’s presentation.  The lessons that are tied into each story are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the stories themselves.  The lessons presented here are not just the standard math lessons either.  The value of teamwork is taught alongside elementary level counting skills in “The Doohickkey Problem.”  “Richard The Third” presents an equally lesson about self-confidence and sense of self alongside its own elementary counting lesson.  “The Long Line Problem” and “The T-Ball Problem” are the only stories presented here that focus primarily on math.  The prior teaches a basic lesson about ordinal numbers while the latter presets a basic lesson about statistics.  Whether for the math lessons, the more personal lessons, or for both, it can be said that the lessons in whole add their own element to the collection.  It clearly shows that continued effort by The Fred Rogers Company to instill that sense of self among audiences (and do so in a way that doesn’t exactly mirror the lessons from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) all while also teaching valuable lessons, proving the importance of math in everyday life on a level that makes that importance accessible by younger audiences.  There is no denying the impact that this balance of education (both socially and in terms of math) plays in the bigger picture of this collection.  Together with the set’s featured episodes the two elements strengthen the DVD’s presentation even more.  They still are not its only important elements.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to note as the set’s featured stories and their related lessons.

The stories that make up the main body of PBS Kids’ new Peg + Cat collection are undeniably important to the collection’s presentation.  The social and mathematical lessons that are tied into the episodes are just as important to its collection as the stories themselves.  They are not the collection’s only important elements, though.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to the collection’s presentation as its stories and lessons.  That is because the bonus material is made up of lessons that drive home the concepts presented within each of the stories and lessons.  They encourage parents and teachers to work with children in order to drive home those lessons, too.  “Monster Math” is one of those bonuses.  It drives home the basic counting lesson presented in “The Doohickey Problem” and “Richard The Third” by having an adult work with a child to build a “monster”–much like the one on the purple planet, who loves all things yellow—out of an empty tissue box and construction paper.  The adult then cuts up the construction paper even more, putting numbers on each piece before giving those pieces to the child.  From there, the adult calls out the numbers for the child to find and then feed to the monster.

“Triple Addition” is another of the set’s bonus features.  It, too echoes the basic counting lesson presented in “The Doohickey Problem.”  It does so by having children and parents find household items in order to make their own patterns.  The suggested items include candy (to make the lesson educational and tasty), pasta (in its various forms), and different colored and shaped blocks just to name a few.  Parents and children can use those suggestions or find their own items.  Over time parents and children can build pattern recognition skills using any number and type of items.

“Marble Mayhem” is the last of the bonuses included in the set.  This bonus lesson uses dice, marbles, (or whatever item parents and children choose) and a cup.  It is a multi-player game that teaches counting skills by having children roll the dice and put the matching number of marbles into their respective cups.  The first child to fill his or her cup wins the game.  As is noted in the activity, younger children can use just one die while older children can use a pair of dice.  It is a simple game that is sure to entertain and educate any child.  That is not to discount “Triple Addition” or “Monster Math” either.  All three bonus activities offers its own education and entertainment for the whole family.   Those bonus activities couple with the set’s stories and their associated lessons to make this collection in whole yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  They come together to make it a collection that truly is “out of this world” whether used in the classroom or the living room.

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World is yet another impressive collection from the award-winning PBS Kids series.  It is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library that is in fact rather aptly titled.  That is due in part to the interconnected stories which make up the body of the DVD’s presentation.  The lessons that are tied into each story are just as important to note as the stories themselves in noting what makes the DVD so impressive.  The bonus activities that are included with the collection round out its most important elements and bring everything full circle.  They join with the set’s stories and their associated lessons to ensure children’s (and even adults’) entertainment and education from beginning to end, proving again why this set is so “out of this world.”  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 lots more Peg + Cat activities, games, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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Dinosaur Train Is Running Full Steam Ahead In Its New DVD

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS Kids/PBS

The Dinosaur Train is back on the tracks again and steaming along on more prehistoric adventures in yet another new collection of episodes from the hit PBS Kids series.  The new collection, Under The Volcano was released in stores and online earlier this month by PBS Distribution.  It is yet another fun collection of episodes for the whole family, too.  That is due in part to the stories presented in each of the collection’s featured episodes.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are presented within each of the featured episodes are just as important to note in the set’s presentation.  They will be discussed later.  The bonus material that is included with the DVD is just as important to note in its own right as the stories and lessons presented herein.  Each element plays its own important part in the DVD’s presentation.  Altogether they reveal the collection to be yet another enjoyable, entertaining, and educational ride for the whole family.

PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD Under The Volcano is another enjoyable, entertaining, and educational ride for the whole family.  That is due in part to the stories that are presented within each of the collection’s featured episodes.  The stories in question take the Pteranodon family throughout the pre-historic world for all sorts of fun adventures.  And they bring families along for the ride, too.  The set’s lead episode takes the Pteranodon family to a volcano that is getting ready to erupt while another—“The Big Mud Pit”—puts Mr. Pteranodon and one of his friends in a little bit of a precarious but hilarious situation.  The pair get stuck in the mud pit in question as they are trying to take a dip and cool off.  Little do they know that it would lead to them getting stuck and having to be pulled out.  “Nature Art” is another good example of what makes the sets featured stories so important to the disc’s presentation.  This episode sees the Pteranodon kids taking some old material from the family’s nest and turning it into beautiful art for all to see.  It’s a simple story.  But it works.  It also ties in to the next important part of the disc’s presentation, its lessons.

The stories that are presented within each of this collection’s episodes are unquestionably important to the DVD’s presentation.  That is because of the variance in the stories from one episode to the next.  They are collectively just one important part of the set’s presentation, though.  The lessons that are presented alongside those stories are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the stories alone.  Audiences that pay close attention will notice that there is a distinct difference in the lessons presented here from those presented in many of the series’ previous DVDs.  Simply put, the lessons are more well-balanced here than in those previous collections.  Instead of just focusing on different dinosaurs in every episode, the lessons focus on a number of topics.  “Under The Volcano,” “Old Reliable,” “The Forest Fire,” and “Sunrise, Sunset” teach important lessons centered on nature and science.  From one to the next, the angle that is used and the lessons themselves vary quite noticeably.  “Nature Art” changes things up as it presents its own original, two-part lesson about recycling and art.  “Derek The Deinonychus” and “Triceratops For Lunch” are the only episodes featured in this set that focus specifically on different dinosaur species.  Even “The Big Mud Pit” teaches its own lesson as it can be argued that it focuses on the importance of teamwork since everyone had to work together to get Mr. Pteranodon and his friend out of the mud pit.  Here again is proof of the variety of lessons presented across Dinosaur Train’s new DVD.  They are just as varied as the stories at the center of each episode.  Considering all of this the stories and lessons alone show clearly why this latest DVD is such a fun ride for the whole family.  They are not the only elements that make it such an enjoyable ride, either.  The bonus material that is included in the DVD is just as important to note as its featured stories and lessons.

The stories and lessons that are presented throughout PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD in themselves make this latest collection from the family friendly show another fun ride for the whole family.  They are not the only important elements to note in considering this.  The bonus material that is included in the DVD is just as important to note as its featured stories and lessons.  The bonus material in question is made up of activities presented inside the DVD’s case.  The activities are completely different from those presented in the series’ previous DVDs and serve to drive home the lessons presented within the episodes, too.  The lead activity, “Make A Volcano” is the most fun for the family.  That is because it allows families to do exactly what its title says.  It directs families how to make their very own erupting volcanoes using everyday household items.  Who hasn’t done this exact activity at one time or another and still love doing so to this day?  Exactly.  “Cretaceous Cookies” is another fun (and tasty) activity that will put the whole family together in the kitchen.  It encourages families to make sugar cookies in the shape of their favorite dinosaurs’ footsteps.  All families need is plastic or rubber dinosaur toys.  Not only does this teach about tracking and identifying different species of dinosaurs, but it can lead to lessons about tracking other animals’ footsteps, too.  Of course it is also, again, a tasty lesson of its own.  “Nature Walk Art” is tied directly into the episode “Nature Art.”  It leads families to go on a nature walk together and gather items that they find along the way.  Those items can include pine cones, sticks, leaves, flowers, and anything else that families choose.  Families can then take those items home and use craft glue to attach the items to sheets of construction paper to make their own nature art.  This not only drives home the lesson presented in “Nature Art” but also can easily lead to simple lessons about nature, ecosystems, and more.  Between this activity and the other two included in this collection it is clear why the bonus material included in the collection is just as important to its presentation as the collection’s stories and lessons.  All things considered Dinosaur Train: Under The Volcano proves to be yet another enjoyable, educational, and entertaining ride for the whole family.

PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD Under The Volcano is yet another enjoyable, educational, and entertaining ride for the whole family.  As has already been noted, that is due in part to the varied stories presented within each of the collection’s episodes.  The lessons that are presented alongside those stories are just as important to note as the set’s featured stories.  The bonus material that comes with the collection is important to the set’s presentation in its own right.  All three elements each present their own importance to this DVD’s presentation.  Altogether they make this collection, again, another enjoyable, educational, and entertaining rode for the whole family.  It is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct online via PBS’ store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots of Dinosaur Train games, activities, news, and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘WordWorld’ DVD Is A Great Set Any Time Of Year

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

School is officially out for summer.  Even with families taking their vacations, children’s education should not take a vacation, too.  Enter PBS Kids and its vast array of DVDs being released throughout the summer.  One of those DVDs, WordWorld: It’s Time For School, is one of those new DVDs.  The fittingly titled compilation will be released Tuesday, July 26th, just in time to start getting kids young viewers a head start on the new school year.  The DVD features eight more episodes from the family friendly vocabulary-building series.  The episodes are in themselves a key element to this compilation.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are presented within each of the episodes are just as important in their own right to the collection.  That will be discussed later.  The bonus material included with the collection rounds out the collections most important elements.  It is the set’s finishing touch.  Together with the collection’s featured episodes and the lessons contained therein the whole of the collection proves to be yet another collection that will be welcome in any family’s home.

WordWorld: It’s Time For School is yet another collection of WordWorld episodes that will be welcome in any family’s home.  That is due in part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection.  The collection is made up of eight from episodes from the series.  Audiences will note that the episodes are lifted from all three of the series’ seasons.  What’s more at least a pair of the featured episodes—“The Best Nest” and “Tick Tock Space Clock”—has in fact been previously released in another WordWorld DVD released a few years ago by NCircle Entertainment.  The others may or may not have been previously released when NCircle had distribution rights for the series.  Regardless the very fact that once again PBS Kids has included eight episodes (versus four put into each collection from NCircle) is in itself impressive.  What’s more not everybody out there has all of the WordWorld DVDs previously released by Ncircle Entertainment.  To that end, the episodes may in fact be new to many audiences.  Keeping that in mind the episodes presented in this collection show in their own way to be a collectively important part of the collection.  They are not the collection’s only important element.  The lessons that are incorporated into the episodes are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that make up the body of PBS Kids’ new WordWorld DVD are in themselves a collectively important part of the collection’s presentation.  Previously released or not, the episodes are important because not every viewer has seen these episodes before.  Keeping that in mind, they remain a collectively important part of the DVDs overall presentation.  They are not the set’s only key element.  The lessons that are incorporated into the episodes are just as important to the DVD’s presentation as its episodes.  That is because the episodes feature more than just the standard vocabulary building lessons.  The DVD’s lead episode “Sharks First Day Of School” is one of the episodes that presents multiple lessons within its own body.  On the surface, the standard vocabulary building lessons are there.  Along with those lessons is the lesson about overcoming that all too common fear of the first day.  Not every child goes through this situation even on the first day of school.  But more do than don’t.  The writers address the situation by having Duck, Cat, and the others at school show Shark that school is a good place to be.  They are completely supportive of Shark along the way, showing him all the good things that school has to offer.  For those parents that are getting ready to send their children off to kindergarten, this is a great way to help their children overcome those potential first day jitters.  On another level, an episode such as “Welcome Home, Duck” teaches an important lesson about friendship alongside its vocabulary lesson.  It does so by Frog showing his excitement at Duck coming back from vacation.  Frog wants to show how much he missed Duck and appreciates him as a friend.  That message of friendship is just as important as the lesson centering on overcoming first day jitters.  It is not the only other lesson presented in these episodes, either.  Some might call it a stretch but in “Duck at Bat” it could be argued that the writers incorporated the lesson of perseverance.  No matter how many times Duck kept making the wrong word and using the wrong items as a bat, he kept trying.  He did finally get the right letter to make a bat.  And he even got a hit when he went up to the plate.  To that end, one could argue that the writers were teaching the lesson to the show’s young viewers that they should not give up on anything, especially not on anything worth doing.  There’s even a lighter lesson about teamwork incorporated into the episode for good measure.  Between these lessons and the episodes’ vocabulary building lessons it is obvious that there is plenty to be learned in these episodes.  All things considered the lessons that are incorporated into the episodes in this set prove in the long to be just as important to this DVD’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  They still are not its only important elements.  The bonus material included with the DVD rounds out the set’s most important elements.

The episodes that make up the body of PBS Kids’ new WordWorld DVD and the lessons contained within each are all important elements in the DVD’s overall presentation.  Each does its own part in making this new DVD another enjoyable presentation from PBS Kids.  They are not the DVD’s only important elements.  The bonus material that is included in the DVD is just as important to the collection’s presentation as its episodes and their lessons.  Just as with PBS Kids’ previous WordWorld compilations this set includes a trio of vocabulary building activities that the whole family can do together and that even teachers can do with their students in class.  One involves matching words on index cards to make compound words.  Another involves matching rhyming words with their related pictures.  Another is a game of hide-and-seek of sorts.  Except in the case of this game, there is no chasing around.  Rather in the case of this game, children have to identify the sound that they hear and where it comes from in order to get a turn.  As an additional bonus, PBS Kids has also included in this DVD’s case an activity booklet for children.  This is something with which PBS Kids has only experimented in its previous WordWorld DVDs (and other series’ DVDs).  So to see it full blown like this for the first time is impressive.  The activity booklet includes coloring pages, word searches, maze games, matching games and even a kid friendly crossword.  Parents can take the coloring pages, copy them and save them to their computers before their children color them in the book.  That way they [parents] can print them out any time they want for children to color.  Teachers can do the same with any of the other activities so as to use them each year with each new class.  Keeping all of this in mind, the activities and complimenting activity booklet included in this DVD are true bonuses.  They are activities that serve to drive home the lessons presented in the disc’s episodes.  They also serve to entertain young children.  They are in essence a fitting final touch for the DVD’s presentation.  Together with the disc’s episodes and their lessons, all of the noted elements join to make WordWorld: It’s Time For School a disc that is great for families any time of the year.

WordWorld: It’s Time For School is a great watch for the whole family any time of the year.  Whether ahead of the new school year or even during, this DVD proves itself to be another impressive collection of WordWorld episodes.  That is evident in the episodes that make up the body of the DVD.  The lessons that are tied into each of the episodes play their own part in proving this.  The bonus material that is included in the DVD’s case rounds out its most important elements.  In regards to that material not only has PBS Kids outshined NCircle in regards to its handling of the series’ DVDs, it has outdone itself this time around, too.  Considering this, the bonus material included in this collection is a fitting final touch to the DVD’s presentation.  It joins with the DVD’s featured episodes and their lessons to make this DVD, again, another welcome collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ beloved family friendly vocabulary building series.  It will be available later this month both in stores and online and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More episodes of WordWorld are available online now along with more WordWorld games, activities, and much more at:

 

 

 

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The Dinosaur Train Heads For More Fun And Learning On DVD This Summer

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS Kids/PBS

The Dinosaur Train is headed for more fun and learning this summer on another brand new DVD.

Public Media Distribution will release the brand new Dinosaur Train DVD: Dinosaur Train: Under The Volcano on Tuesday, July 12th.  The DVD will feature eight more episodes from the Emmy Award®-nominated series.  This time the Pteranodon family goes to visit the local volcano in the set’s title episode.  Buddy, Shiny, Tiny, and Don also learn about geysers in “Old Reliable.”  And in “The Forest Fire,” the Pteranodon kids go on a Nature Tracker hike with Mr. Conductor to learn about forest fires and the good that can come even from their devastation.  That’s not all that is offered in this collection.  The Pteranodon family also learns about Triceratops, Deinonychus, and even the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals among much more.

Dinosaur Train: Under The Volcano will be available Tuesday, July 12th.  It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $9.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on Dinosaur Train: Under The Volcano is available online now along with lots of Dinosaur Train games, activities, and more at:

 

 

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