PBS Kids Announces Release Date, Specs For Latest WordWorld DVD

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS Distribution/PBS

PBS Kids and PBS Distribution have another brand new collection of Wordworld episodes on the way next month.

PBS Kids and PBS Distribution will release the brand new WordWorld DVD WordWorld: Planes, Trains, and Trucks on Tuesday, March 8th. The DVD eight more entertaining and educating episodes for the whole family. In “Race To The Spaceship,” Frog and Robot want to play spaceship tag. But the only way that they can is to get to the top of WordWorld’s tallest mountain. It’s up to Frog to help Robot get to the top of the mountain so that they can build the word “spaceship” and play spaceship tag. Along the way, they also learn how to make a car, a boat, and even a bike go faster. It’s just one example of what audiences have to look forward to in this new DVD.

It’s Insect Air Show Day in “Flying Ant,” another of the DVD’s featured episodes. This episode sees Ant wishing he could join his flying insect friends in the day’s festivities. The problem is that unlike them he can’t fly. So Pig comes to his aid and helps him find a way to get airborn and be the hit of the show.

From the sky to the water, WordWorld takes audiences on yet another fun-filled adventure in “The Race To Mystery Island.” This episode sees Pig and Frog learn a very important and invaluable lesson about working together as they race their way to Mystery Island. It all starts off with a friendly competition to outdo the other. Things eventually grow to the point that the pair ends up in a race to the island, trying to slow the other down as they make their way there. The end result is that all-too-important lesson about teamwork, and of course an equally invaluable vocabulary-building lesson, too. It’s just one more example of what audiences have to expect in PBS Kids’ and PBS distribution’s latest collection of episodes from WordWorld. The complete episode listing for this DVD is noted below.

 

WordWorld: Planes, Trains, and Trucks Episodes

Duck’s Family Reunion

Back on Track

Pl-Pl-Plane

Race To Mystery Island

Wee Little Whale

Rocket To The Moon

Race To The Spaceship

Flying Ant

WordWorld: Planes, Trains, and Trucks will be available on DVD Tuesday, March 8th. It will retail for MSRP of $9.99. It can be pre-ordered online now direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=88677596&cp=&sr=1&kw=wordworld&origkw=WordWorld&parentPage=search. More information on this and other episodes of WordWorld is available online now along with loads of WordWorld games, activities and more at:

Website: http://www.wordworld.com

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PBS Kids’ New Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD Is A “Super” New Collection Of Episodes

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Next Tuesday, PBS Kids and PBS Distribution will release the latest collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ family favorite series Daniel Tiger’s Neighrborhood. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Super Daniel will be released Tuesday, February 2nd. The single-disc collection is the series’ tenth to be released since the series originally premiered on PBS Kids a little more than three years ago. This September will mark the series’ fourth anniversary. Much as with its predecessors this DVD offers plenty of enjoyment for kids and adults alike beginning with its featured episodes and their stories. The stories in question are completely relatable for parents and children alike. That is because of the fact that they are just as real in Daniel Tiger’s world as they are in the real world. This will be discussed shortly. The lessons that are taught through each of the featured episodes are just as important to this DVD as the stories. The lessons presented in each of the featured episodes are not the only lessons presented in the DVD. As with most PBS Kids DVDs, this DVD also features extra lessons inside the DVD’s case. In the case of this DVD case is an extra lesson included as bonus material of sorts. It rounds out the DVD’s overall presentation to make the DVD complete. They work together with the DVD’s other noted features to make Daniel Tiger’s latest DVD a *ahem* super new collection of episodes.

PBS Kids’ latest collection of episodes from its family favorite series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a “super” new collection. This is exhibited mainly through the episodes that make up the boy of the DVD. The stories in question continue on the series’ tradition of presenting rea world situations in a fashion that are easily accessible for children yet entertaining enough that even adults will find themselves enjoying them. “Daniel’s Friends Say No” and “Prince Wednesday Doesn’t Want To Play” are prime examples of that accessibility and entertainment offered in these episodes. Both episodes see Daniel facing the situation of his friend wanting to spend time by themselves for once. These episodes mark the first time that the show’s writers had tackled this issue as in every other episode Daniel and his friends are almost always together. The second of the two stories sees not only Daniel but O The Owl facing the prospect of not being included. This shows young audiences that such a situation happens to everyone, not just themselves. Yet it also allows Daniel and O to still play together, thus turning around something bad and making it good. In other words, it ties back in to a previous lesson taught in another episode all while keeping the main story focused. Throughout the course of both episodes, the writers pay special attention to how Daniel and O are told by their friends that they want to play alone. They are not told in a mean or forceful manner. Rather it is told in a gentle yet very childlike fashion. As minor as it seems this element is extremely important to the story’s ability to reach its young audiences. That is because it subtlely emphasizes that Daniel and O’s friends are not being mean. Rather they just want sometimes to play alone. Prince Wednesday and Prince Tuesday even come back over to Daniel and O at the end of “Prince Wednesday Doesn’t Want To Play” to invite them over for a “Friends Day” later. That simple act of kindness is something that every parent tries to instill in his and/or her child(ren). To that extent it is one more way in which the stories presented in this DVD prove to be so important to the DVD’s overall presentation.

On another note, “Daniel Is Big Enough To Help Dad” is another prime example of why the stories featured in these episodes are so important to the DVD’s overall presentation. This episode sees Daniel wanting to be like his dad as his dad works on his playhouse. He wants to use tools and paint just like his dad. Every young child reaches that point where he or she wants to emulate a parent. This critic’s own son is at that age at which he wants to be just like his dad, cooking in the kitchen. So it makes this episode’s story just as relatable especially for adults. What’s more it is an important episode for parents to watch as it shows smart ways to tackle that all important stage of life in which children model their parents. Daniel’s dad doesn’t discourage him. Rather he finds a way that Daniel can help him but do so safely at the same time. It shows just how important this series (and not just this episode) is for adults as it is for children. And it isn’t the only episode featured here that emphasizes the importance of the show’s episodes to all of its audiences. “Daniel Fixes Trolley” proves to be just as important for children and adults as does “Daniel Tries A New Food” and basically every other episode featured here.” Keeping all of this in mind, it should be clear by now just how important the stories presented in each featured episode are to the DVD’s overall presentation. They are just one element of the DVD that makes it so “super,” too. The lessons that are taught throughout the episodes are just as important as the stories featured in each episode.

The stories that are presented in each of the DVD’s featured episodes are in themselves of great importance to the DVD’s overall presentation. Of course they are just one element of the whole that should be noted. The lessons that are presented in the featured episodes are just as important as the episodes’ stories. “Daniel Fixes Trolley” teaches young viewers the important lesson of self-reliance and independence at a basic level. By having Daniel fix his trolley on his own, Daniel’s mom teaches him that he doesn’t need to rely on them for everything. Sure, it’s okay to rely on his parents for somethings. But what she is doing is showing him that at his age, he needs to start doing a little bit on his own. It is an extremely important developmental lesson that audiences of all ages will appreciate and just one example of the importance of the lessons presented throughout this DVD’s featured episodes. “Daniel’s New Friend” teaches a different lesson that is just as important for young viewers as any of the others presented in these episodes. This episode sees Daniel meeting a girl who has what appears to be cerebral palsy. Because of her condition, Daniel keeps trying to help her. But she shows Daniel that she can still do things just fine for herself despite her condition. The lesson is obvious: Just because someone might have a certain condition, paying special attention to that condition is not always the best thing. This applies even when one thinks that going out of one’s way to help is the right thing. In fact sometimes doing just that only makes things worse for all involved. It’s just one more example of how the lessons presented in these episodes prove to be just as important to the DVD’s presentation as the stories presented in each episode. Even as important as they and the other featured lessons are to the DVD’s overall presentation they are not the only important lessons included in this disc. There is also an extra lesson included inside the DVD’s case as bonus material of sorts. They round out the DVD’s most notable elements.

Both the stories presented in this DVD’s episodes and their lessons are of equal importance to the DVD’s overall presentation. While both elements are of equal importance to the DVD’s overall presentation, they are not the DVD’s only notable elements. The bonus lesson included inside the DVD’s case are just as important as those elements. The lesson in question presents adults with a group of ways to encourage children’s imaginary play. At the same time it also notes the importance of imaginary play in children’s social and emotional development, thus making the lesson all the more important to the DVD’s overall presentation. Getting back on the subject at hand, the lesson is taught having children have a dress up box in which they keep capes, crowns, uniforms, jewelry, and much more depending on the situation. The box can hold the costumes and children can pick and choose their costumes of choice. They can even choose costumes to use for a show for family and friends. Another suggestion that is included in the DVD’s bonus lesson is to use familiar objects. It encourages the us of play versions of phones, kitchen tools, cash registers, and much more in conjunction with the costumes in the dress box as part of children’s imaginary play. There is also the suggestion of having parents use puppets that can be made with their children. Whether through the creation and use of said puppets, famlair objects, or for the costume box and costumes, it can be said of all three that each could easily be realistically used to help children in their imaginary play. They are pieces that can be made and used both in the classroom and the living room. And being so easy to make and use, they make the bonus lesson all the more important to the DVD’s bonus lesson. That bonus works in whole with the lessons featured in the DVD’s episodes and their associated stories to make the DVD’s overall viewing experience a truly “super” experience for audiences of all ages.

The overall viewing experience in PBS Kids’ new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD is a “super” experience to say the very least. That is thanks in large part to the stories that are presented in each of the DVD’s featured episodes. The lessons that are included in each story are just as important to the episodes as their stories. The bonus lesson that is included inside the DVD’s case rounds out the whole thing, completing the DVD’s viewing experience. Each element is important in its own right to the DVD’s overall viewing experience. Altogether, they make the DVD’s overall viewing experience and the DVD in whole simply super. It will be available in stores and online Tuesday, February 2nd. It can be pre-ordered online now direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=81189156&cp=&sr=1&kw=daniel+tigers+neighborhood+super+daniel&origkw=Daniel+Tiger%27s+Neighborhood+Super+Daniel&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs is available online now along with all of the latest news from the series at:

Website: http://pbskids.org/daniel

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/danieltigertv

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PBS Kids Taking Audiences Back To Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood On DVD This Winter

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution/PBS Kids

Daniel Tiger returns on DVD again this winter with another new DVD for the whole family.
Officials with PBS Kids and PBS Distribution announced this week the upcoming release of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Super Daniel. The latest compilation disc features eight new episodes plus a bonus episode for a total of nine episodes spanning nearly two hours. It will be available in stores and online Tuesday, February 2nd and will retail for MSRP of $12.99. This collection of episodes sees Daniel pretending to be a superhero with Grandpere in the collection’s title episode. Daniel also learns a very valuable lesson about balancing work and play in “Daniel Doesn’t Want To Stop Playing.” Also, in “Daniel Fixes Trolley,” it’s up to Daniel to fix his trolley after he accidentally breaks one of its wheels. His mom’s too busy to help so she encourages him to figure it out on his own. Young viewers also learn the importance of healthy, balanced diets in “Daniel Tries A New Food” as Miss Elaina joins Daniel and his parents for dinner. In “Daniel Is Big Enough To Help Dad” Daniel an his dad work together to build Daniel’s playhouse. This is an especially important episode for parents of young children moreso than for kids. “Daniel’s New Friend” is another important addition to this set. It teaches young audiences that people’s differences are what make them great. Along with all of the other great lessons presented in this collection, Daniel also learns that sometimes it’s just as fun to play alone as with others in “Daniel’s Friends Say No.” And in the set’s closer, “Prince Wednesday Doesn’t Want To Play,” a similar lesson about playing with friends is presented after Prince Wednesday and Prince Tuesday want to play together. The DVD’s bonus episode “Goodnight Daniel,” both Daniel and his young viewers learn the importance of getting a good night’s sleep after a busy day. The complete episode listing for Daniel Tiger: Super Daniel is noted below.

  • Super Daniel
  • Goodnight Daniel (Bonus Episode)
  • Daniel Doesn’t Want To Stop Playing
  • Daniel Fixes Trolley
  • Daniel Tries A New Food
  • Daniel Is Big Enough To Help Dad
  • Daniel’s New Friend
  • Daniel’s Friends Say No
  • Prince Wednesday Doesn’t Want To Play

More information on this DVD is available online along with more Daniel Tiger episodes, games, and activities at:

Website: http://pbskids.org/daniel

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/danieltigertv

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PBS Kids’ Latest Super WHY Collection Is 2016’s First Great DVD For Children

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

The Super Readers return once again later this month in yet another new Super WHY DVD in the form of The Three Billy Goats Gruff And Other Fairytale Adventures. This latest collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit literacy-based series is yet another hit in its own right. The main reason for this is its featured stories. That will be discussed at more length shortly. The lessons that are presented via each story are just as important to note as the stories themselves. That will be discussed at more length later. Last but hardly least of note are the bonus lessons featured inside the DVD’s case. Each element plays its own important part in the overall presentation of The Three Billy Goats Gruff And Other Fairytale Adventures. Altogether they make this latest collection of Super WHY episodes one that is just as valuable in the living room as it is in the classroom.

Super WHY: The Three Billy Goats Gruff And Other Fairytale Adventures is not the first collection of Super WHY episodes to ever be released on DVD. And even while it is not the series’ first DVD release it is just as enjoyable as its predecessors. That is thanks in large part to its featured stories. Just as with previous Super WHY DVDs the stories presented here are children’s classics. But thanks to the series’ writers, the stories have been tweaked to present a somewhat different story. Even with the noted alterations the stories still work in their own right and in turn entertain young viewers and keep them entertained. This critic’s own three-year old son is proof of that. This time out, the show’s writers took on The Three Billy Goats Gruff and tweaked the story so as to teach an important lesson about manners. That lesson will be touched on later as will the lessons presented in the DVD’s other episodes. In The Tortoise and The Hare, the writers took the original story about determination and hard work and tweaked it for a lesson about teamwork and sportsmanship. It’s an alteration that actually works in the long run. The Ugly Duckling presents the most blatant alteration with the ugly duckling learning a lesson about the benefits of hard work and practice versus the original story’s lesson about the ugly duck growing into a stunning swan. Even as much as the writers have changed the story for its presentation here, it also works in its own interesting way. The same can be said of the writers’ take on The Elves and the Shoemaker. This classic standard has received its own interesting update that is sure to keep audiences of a ages entertained and engaged. That is especially the case with the lesson that is presented as part of the episode’s overall story. It is one more way in which the stories featured at the heart of Super WHY’s new DVD prove to be so important to its overall presentation. It and its fellow episodes show that while the stories may not stick entirely to the original fairy tales they can still keep audiences entertained and engaged even in being updated.

The fairytale updates that lie at the center of Super WHY’s new DVD are in their own right a largely important part of the DVD’s overall viewing experience. They show that even being updated from the original stories they can still entertain audiences just as much as those stories. What’s more, older audiences can use these updates as a starting point to introduce their younger counterparts to the original fairy tales. In turn, discovering said originals could be the foundation for a lifelong love of reading. To that extent, even with the presented standards having been updated once again, it still is not a bad thing even in the case of the featured episodes. Even as important as the featured fairy tales are to the whole of this DVD, they are just a collective fraction of what makes its viewing experience so enjoyable. Each episode’s lesson is just as important as the stories. One of the prime examples of the importance of the featured lessons comes in the DVD’s lead story, the update of The Three Billygoats Gruff. The writers use this classic to present a lesson about the importance of using manners. This is done as the writers essentially make the troll the victim rather than the billy goats here. Unlike the case of the original fairytale, the billy goats in this story are rude and inconsiderate to the troll. And it is not until they realize that they are being rude to him that he finally allows them to cross. Learning this helps Wonder Red use her own manners in order to get some cake in the episode’s main story. The Tortoise and The Hare presents here a lesson about teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play versus the original fairytale’s story about hard work and determination. On the surface one might think that replacing the lesson about hard work and determination is a bad thing especially in the case of this story. But surprisingly enough it works. In the updated take of The Ugly Duckling, the writers have completely updated the story, replacing the original story of not judging a book by its cover with a lesson, ironically enough, about hard work and determination. In the case of this story, the duckling is having trouble swimming. So it’s up to the Super Readers to help the duckling realize the rewards of hard work and perseverance. It may as well not even be called The Ugly Duckling considering this massive re-working. But that is beside the point. What matters is that the lesson taught here is just as important to the DVD’s overall viewing experience as those presented in the other episodes. Whether for this lesson or the others noted here, it can be said that all of the lessons presented throughout this DVD add their own interest to the DVD’s overall viewing experience. They aren’t the only lessons incorporated into the DVD’s overall viewing experience either. There is also a pair of bonus lessons included inside the DVD’s case. That pair rounds out the key elements included in the DVD that make it worth the purchase.

The lessons that are featured within each of this new disc’s episodes are in themselves plenty of reason for any family and educator to add it to their own home DVD library. Of course they are not the only lessons included in the disc’s presentation. Included inside the DVDs case is a pair of additional lessons for parents and educators alike to use. The first, “Family Letter Fun” uses “Family” in the title. But it can be used just as easily in the classroom as it could in the living room. It entails printing out sixteen letters and pasting them to sheets in a 4 X 4 setting (4 letters each in 4 rows). Children will be asked to put a certain body part on a certain letter very much as a body part goes on a color in traditional twister. The game goes until someone falls down, again just as with traditional twister. It serves to teach letters and entertain young children at the same time. And while the game entails the use of only sixteen letters, more than likely, the whole alphabet could likely be just as easily incorporated into the game. The second bonus lesson, “Practicing Table Manners” is linked to the DVD’s lead episode. This lesson entails planning a very special fancy meal, complete with invitations and fine flatware, etc. Children will be asked to create said invitations and even menus, and those attending will be dressed in their own finest clothes. Throughout the meal, parents (this lesson applies more in a home setting than classroom) and children will discuss why good manners are important. Some might ask, “well can’t we do this sort of thing any day?” The answer is yes. But having children take part in the process is not something that most parents do at such meals. So having children take part is meant to help drive home the importance of the meal and in turn take pride in everything involved. This includes their own manners and appearance. To that extent, this is very much the important lesson to be included in this disc. That being the case, this lesson is a true bonus. And together with “Family Twister Fun,” the two lessons make for even more reason for families and educators alike to add this DVD to their own home DVD libraries. The bonus lessons coupled with the episodes’ lessons and the stories within the stories make this DVD the first great children’s DVD of 2016.

Super WHY: The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Fairytale Adventures is the first great children’s DVD of 2016. That is made clear through the stories presented within each of the disc’s four episodes. The stories are classics. However, they have been tweaked somewhat for their presentation here. This is nothing new to fans of the literacy-based series. However even with the changes to the stories, they are still entertaining and educational. The lessons that are incorporated into each of the stories add even more interest to each episode. That is because they teach valuable educational and life lessons. Speaking of lessons, there is also a pair of bonus lessons included inside the DVD’s case that rounds out the whole of the DVD. One bonus can be put to use both in a classroom setting and a living room setting while the other is more apt to be used in a home setting. Both lessons together add their own extra enjoyment to the DVD and prove once and for all alongside the DVD’s main elements why this DVD is 2016’s first great children’s DVD. It will be available Tuesday, January 26th in stores and online and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=80523556&cp=&sr=1&kw=super+why&origkw=Super+WHY&parentPage=search. More information on Super WHY is available online now along with Super WHY games and activities at:

Website: http://pbskids.org/superwhy

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/superwhy

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PBS Kids Set To Release New Super Why DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

Next month PBS Kids will release its latest collection of episodes from its hit vocab building series Super Why.

PBS Kids and PBS Distribution will release the new Super Why DVD The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Fairytale Adventures on Tuesday, January 26th.  The latest addition to the show’s series of DVDs, this latest collection of episodes features four more stories lifted right from the series.  Those stories are: “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” “The Tortoise and The Hare,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Elves and the Shoemaker.”  In the collection’s title story, the classic tale gets a little twist when the troll gets to tell his side of the story.  In turn, Red learns what she needs to say to her Grandmother, who won’t let her into the kitchen for a piece of red velvet cake.

In “The Tortoise and The Hare,” Princess Pea and Wonder Red team up for a potato sack race.  The problem is that they can’t agree on whether they need to go slow or fast in order to win the race.  So they join the Super Readers and jump into the story of the Tortoise and The Hare to learn the best way to proceed.

“The Ugly Duckling” gives its own twist on that classic fairytale. This episode teaches young viewers the importance of practice and determination. This lesson is taught as Princess Pea is preparing for her dance recital but can’t get some of her steps right. So she and the Super Readers jump into The Ugly Duckling. Instead of the classic story about the duckling turning into a swan as it grew, this take on the story sees the ugly duckling having trouble learning to swim. So it’s up to the Super Readers to help him learn how to swim. Princess Pea learns that just as the duckling learned by never giving up so can she perfect her dance moves for her recital by never giving up.

“The Elves and the Shoemaker” closes out this latest collection of Super Why episodes. Whyatt discovers in this episode that he has a secret admirer. As he tries to figure out who his secret admirer is, he and the Super Readers jump into the story of The Elves and the Shoemaker. The Super Readers discover in this story that the shoemaker has his own mystery to solve as he’s got some unidentified helpers. This helps Whyatt figure out how to solve the mystery of his own secret admirer.

Super Why: The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Fairytale Adventures will be available on DVD in stores and online on Tuesday, January 26th. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99 and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=80523556&cp=&kw=super+why+the+three+billy+goats+gruff&origkw=super+why+the+three+billy+goats+gruff&sr=1. More information on this and other Super Why DVDs is available online along with Super Why games, activities, news, and more at:

Website: http://pbskids.org/superwhy

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/superwhy

 

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Dinosaur Train Keeps Rolling On The Right Track In Its Latest DVD

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

All aboard! It’s time for another ride on the dinosaur train! Earlier this month, PBS Kids and PBS Distribution released the latest in its ongoing series of DVDs from the hit series Dinosaur Train, Dinosaurs Are Different. And this latest collection of episodes is yet another great collection for any young paleontologist in training. The main reason that it is so enjoyable is its collection of primary lessons presented in the disc’s featured episodes. That will be discussed shortly. The secondary lessons that are included inside the DVD’s case give audiences even more enjoyment in the classroom and living room alike. The bonus material included with the package rounds out its presentation. Each noted element is important in its own right to the DVD’s presentation. Altogether, they make Dinosaurs Are Different no different from PBS Kids’ previous Dinosaur Train DVDs. In other words, they collectively make it just as enjoyable for audiences as those previous releases.

Dinosaurs Are Different is fitting title for PBS Kids’ latest Dinosaur Train DVD. That is because ironically enough this DVD is no different from PBS Kids’ previous Dinosaur Train DVDs. More simply put it is just as enjoyable as those DVDs. It proves to be just as enjoyable as those presentations primarily through the lessons presented throughout the course of its eight total episodes. The lessons in question center on the specific differences of different dinosaur species. The obvious and instant question here is, “hasn’t the show done that all along?” The answer to that question is yes. However in regards to the DVDs that have been released up to this point, none have so solely focused on this subject. Most of them mix that lesson in with others over the course of their featured episodes. So to that extent, it can be said here that the centralized focus of the episodes’ lessons is a fully important part of the disc’s presentation. It all begins with a lesson on Velociraptors and their feathers. Viewers of all ages will be interested to learn that not only did real Velociraptors (unlike the scaly killers presented in Jurassic Park) have feathers, but those feathers were in fact not even used for flight. As a matter of fact, said dinosaurs couldn’t even fly. They were more for show. In a similar vein, the Pteranodon kids also learn about another feathered dinosaur—the Archaeopteryx—in “The Old Bird.” Having both episodes in one collection, audiences can use them side by side to find out what makes both feathered dinosaurs different from one another. On another note, “New Neighbors” and “Hornucopia” could be used side by side to compare two different dinosaur species in regards to features on their heads and what makes those features (and in turn the dinosaurs) different from one another. “An Armored Tail,” “The Wing Kings,” “Buck-Tooth Bucky,” and “Long Claws” can be used against one another just as much in similar fashion. In the case of these episodes viewers learn about various adaptations that different dinosaurs had and the purpose of each adaptation in regards to each dinosaur. In the long run, not only do children learn basic lessons about dinosaur differences but also broader lessons about biology and even lessons centered on problem solving and other related skills.   All things considered here, the primary lessons presented in Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Are Different form a solid core for the DVDs presentation. They are just part of what makes this DVD’s presentation worth the watch, too. The secondary lessons presented inside the DVD’s case are just as important to the DVD as the primary lessons presented on disc.

The primary lessons presented throughout Dinosaurs Are Different are the cornerstone of this DVD’s presentation. Together they form a solid core for the DVD. They are just one part of the presentation that should be noted in examining the DVD in whole. The secondary lessons that are featured inside the DVD’s case are just as important to the DVD’s presentation as those on disc. There are only two lessons here. But both are fully important in their own right to the whole of the DVD. The first lesson has parents have children examine a pair of eggs and note what makes them different both inside and outside. From there, parents and educators can have children draw faces on paper plates and give each face features that are different from one another.   The second of the lessons not only has children match animals to their different tastes in food but also teaches kids to try out new foods, thus hopefully helping them become less picky eaters.   This could even lead to lessons about healthy eating. To that extent that alone makes this lesson even more important than it was to begin with. And together with its companion lesson both lessons together strengthen the foundation formed by the DVD’s primary lessons even more. The end result is a DVD that in whole becomes even more valuable to parents and educators alike. It still is not the only remaining way in which this new Dinosaur Train DVD proves itself to be another enjoyable collection of Dinosaur Train episodes. The bonus material included with the primary and secondary lessons round out the whole of the DVD’s presentation.

The primary and secondary lessons that are presented throughout the course of PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD are both equally important to the whole of this DVD. However they are not the only elements that deserve to be noted in examining the whole of the disc’s presentation. The bonus material included with the disc is just as important to note as those lessons. The bonus material in question is different this time out than with previous Dinosaur Train DVDs. The printable PDFs and games have been omitted this time, which is interesting to note. In their place is a booklet that includes pictures from various PBS Kids series alongside a matching game in the companion booklet’s opening page. The game asks young viewers to match three featured dinosaurs with their names in another column. That is the extent of the bonuses directly connected to this DVD. However the coloring pages, which feature images from other PBS Kids series, can be copied onto larger sheets of paper that could in turn be used for children at later dates. On the surface this doesn’t seem like much. But in the bigger picture, it actually is a good thing. It means that parents and educators don’t have to turn on the computer, put in the disc, boot up everything and go through menus to get to said printable documents. Instead they can just pull out the booklet (or printable coloring pages from previous Dinosaur Train DVDs) and just make copies. It is less steps and all the same enjoyment in the end. So considering this, while this DVD may not boast the same bonuses as in previous Dinosaur Train DVDs, it still does boast its own bonuses of sorts. And set against the primary and secondary lessons presented throughout the DVD and its packaging, all three elements together make Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs are Different one more great addition to any classroom or living room setting.

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs are Different is yet another welcome addition to any classroom or living room setting from PBS Kids’ hit animated series. This eight-episode presentation teaches a number of lessons through both its primary and secondary lesson points. Those lessons include noting differences between different dinosaurs, basic biology, and using observational skills just to name a few. There is also a lesson included inside the disc’s case that promotes trying new foods and eating healthy. And while the bonus materials that viewers have come to expect from this series’ DVDs are not present here, that does not mean that there are no bonuses. Quite the opposite is the truth. There is a companion booklet with a dino matching game that can be printed out along with coloring pages that can be copied for kids to color. The coloring pages also promote PBS Kids’ other hit series, thus getting kids interested in even more great educational shows from PBS Kids. Each of the noted elements is in its own right an important part of the whole of Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs are Different. Combined, they make this DVD once more yet another welcome addition to any classroom and living room setting. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=69016486&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaurs+are+different&origkw=Dinosaurs+are+Different&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Dinosaur Train DVDs is available with lots more Dinosaur Train activities, videos, and games at:

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PBS Goes Prehistoric Again Next Month With New Dinosaur Train DVD

Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

PBS Kids is going prehistoric next month!

On Tuesday, November 10th, PBS Kids and PBS Distribution will release Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Are Different, the latest collection of episodes from its hit family friendly series Dinosaur Train. It will be available in stores and online exclusively on DVD and will feature eight more episodes from the hugely popular series. Viewers of all ages will enjoy this collection as it teaches about even more dinosaurs including Velociraptors, Masiakasaruses, Euplocephaluses, and lots of others. The complete episode listing for the collection is noted below along with episode summaries.

Now With Feathers: Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, and Don turn detective when their dad gives them a feather that belongs to a velociraptor. The kids’ hunt leads them to meet Valerie Velociraptor and learn what life is like as a feathered dinosaur.

Long Claws: The Pteranodon kids learn a little bit of biology when they meet the Therizinosaurus family and ask them about their claws. They find out that the Therizinosaurs family uses its claws for self-defense.

The Old Bird: Buddy, Tiny, and Mom ride the Dinosaur train for a playdate with Petey Peteinosaurus. Along the way, mom and the kids also meet Arlene Archaeopteryx, who comes from the oldest family of birds. They also learn that Arlene is both a bird and a dinosaur in talking to her.

Buck-Tooth Bucky: The kids are off on another investigation in this episode. This time it stems from a mystery tooth found in Dad’s tooth collection. Their investigation leads them to a dinosaur known as the Masiakasaurus. This interesting dinosaur’s mouth is full of buck teeth that stick out.

New Neighbors: When a family of Lambeosauruses move in next door to the Pteranodon family, things get interesting thanks to the new neighbors’ noisy crests. After a little bit of a rough start, though Dad and the family’s new neighbors work things out and become quick friends.

An Armored Tail Tale: A Euplocephalus named Eugene has caught the attention of Dinoball scout Hank Ankylosaurus. So Hank heads to the big pond, accompanied by Mr. Pteranodon to check out the armored dino, whose tail resembles a spiked club. After talking to Eugene, he and Hank really “hit” it off and Eugene joins Hank’s Dinoball team.

The Wing Kings: The Pteranodon familly takes a trip to one of Dad’s favorite childhood spots called Quetzalcoatlus Canyon. When he was much younger, dad used to go there a lot and even earned the nickname “Wing King.” While the family is there, they meet Quincy Quetzalcoatlus and his dad, who is a very large, flying Pterosaur. The duo’s talents allow them to do a little showing off for their own families together.

Hornucopia: The Pteranodon family joins Hank at the Big Pond and meets Tank’s friend Stacie Styracosaurus. Stacie is a Ceratopsian. One of her most noticeable traits is a large crown of horns on her head. Stacie invites everybody to her “Hornucopia” celebration, where she reveals her new horns and performs a special dance by moonlight with her Styracosaurus family.

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Are Different will be available Tuesday, November 10th in stores and online. It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $12.99. It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=69016486&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaurs+are+different&origkw=Dinosaurs+are+Different&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Dinosaur Train DVDs is available with lots more Dinosaur Train activities, videos, and games at:

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain

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