PBS Distribution Releases New ‘Dinosaur Train’ DVD

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PBS Distribution released another new collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit series Dinosaur Train this week.

Dinosaur TrainDinosaurs Big & Small was released Tuesday on DVD.  The collection features 10 more episodes from the family favorite animated series.  One of the multitude of episodes — titled “How Many Horns” — features Buddy Pteranodon and his friend Tank Triceratops learning why different dinosaurs have a different number of horns.

“The Tiny-Saur Train” sends the Pteranodon kids off to prehistoric China in a search for the smallest dinosaur of all.

“We’re Not All Dinosaurs,” another of the DVD’s featured episodes, finds the Pteranodon kids meeting a new mammal friend named Adele Alphadon and her friend Cindy Cimolestes.  The discussions in this episode point out that not all Mesozoic creatures were dinosaurs.

Dinosaur TrainDinosaurs Big and Small is available now.  More information on Dinosaur Train is available online now along with lots of activities, printables, videos and more at:

 

Website: http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain

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

 

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Viewers Of All Ages Will “Celebrate” PBS Distribution’s New ‘Arthur’ DVD

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United we stand and divided we fall.  Sadly, it is seeming more and more like America (and the world) is on the brink of falling because we have become so divided by religions, political views and rhetoric.  To that end, PBS Distribution and PBS Kids’ latest Arthur DVD Arthur Celebrates Community – released just last month – could not have come at a better time.  The DVD features eight episodes from the series that promote community unity in eight very different ways.  That variety of topics is one of the most important and notable aspects of the DVD and will be addressed shortly. While the episodes each promote community through their own unique fashion, they also serve as starting points for discussions on the various topics, another key aspect of the DVD that will be addressed a little later.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD’s average price range makes it a DVD that proves to be yet another welcome addition to the library of any family and educator.  Keeping all of this in mind, Arthur Celebrates Community proves to be a presentation that many audiences will themselves celebrate.

PBS Distribution/PBS Kids’ latest Arthur DVD Arthur Celebrates Community is a presentation that many viewers will celebrate.  That is due in pat to the many ways in which its episodes promote that community unity.  The whole thing opens with the much-talked about episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” which is a story that addresses the issue of gay marriage.  The very topic is something that has been extremely divisive in America today, yet is becoming more accepted.  This episode serves to continue the fight to make it even more accepted as well as those who are within that community.  “The Feud,” which immediately follows that episode, encourages people to not let disputes between two people to infect their own views and spread like some disease.  Considering what is going on in America today because of Donald Trump, this message of maintaining community and unity is completely relevant and important.  Much the same applies to “When Rivals Came To Roost,” as it reminds us that we cannot let stereotypes and things of the past keep us divided.  Again, here is a key message celebrating community and unity.  “The Longest eleven Minutes” presents a unique message of community as it reminds audiences of the dangers of becoming so reliant on the internet because of how it has truly separated and dehumanized us.  “Muffy’s House Guests” turns things even more as it presents more of a message of biological and ecological unity.  Muffy wants to evict the peregrine falcons who have made a home outside her home, but she learns in the long run, the importance that they play in the Earth’s bigger community.  The tone changes slightly in “Binky Can’t Always Get What He Wants” as Binky learns a key lesson that sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.  That theme continues in “Muffy’s Car Campaign” as she and her friends learn about the impact of locally sourced resources versus those sourced from far away.  “Truth Or Poll” goes back to the issue of politics as it points out the negative impact that polls and statistics can have on community.  It approaches the topic in a way that is accessible for viewers of all ages, too.  All of these episodes considered, it is clear how they all follow the same theme of promoting community and unity by relation.  The fact that they follow that one central theme, but in so many ways, makes for plenty of reason for viewers to watch this DVD from start to finish.  The commonality of the episodes’ stories, in terms of their theme, is just one key aspect of the DVD.  The fact that the varied stories serve as their own starting points for so many topics makes the DVD even more appealing for viewers.

“The Longest Eleven Minutes” is a key example of how the episodes serve as that starting point. In an age when everything is digital and people have come to expect instant gratification and have seemingly forgotten about the beauty of the world, etc. this story is a good stepping stone to remind people of how humans survived prior to the digital age.  It reminds viewers that it is possible to survive without so much technology, too.  That Arthur’s father was listening to music on a radio instead of an ipad, a cell phone, etc. is proof positive of that.  “Muffy’s Car Campaign” and “Binky Can’t Always Get What He Wants” serve collectively as a good starting point for a discussion about putting others’ needs before their own.  Such discussions can lead to discussions about the importance of sharing and considering others’ thoughts and feelings.  “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” serves as that starting point for discussions on the fact that not everyone is the same and that accepting one another’s differences will help make our global community so much better.  “The Feud” and “When Rivals Came To Roost” serves to remind viewers that words can be very powerful, especially when they are words of hurt and stereotyping.  This is something with which we as a people deal with even today in the real world.  It’s just one more way in which the stories featured on this disc show their importance not just for their stories but for what the stories can do in terms of creating whole new discussions among viewers.  Keeping all of this in mind, this DVD proves to have some very engaging and enjoyable content.  That content makes the DVD’s average price point money well-spent

The average price point for Arthur Celebrates Community is $5.99.  That price is determined by averaging prices from Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million and PBS’ store.  At the time of this review’s posting, it was not listed through Walmart.  The most expensive of the listings is at PBS’ store and at Books-A-Million, at $6.99 while the least expensive listing is at Amazon and Target at $4.69.  Best Buy ($5.99) is the midpoint of the price range while Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ listing of $6.58 is just under the most expensive listing.  Regardless of which retailer one uses, the fact of the matter is that a portion of the sales will still go to benefit PBS in its efforts to continue to entertain and educate audiences of all ages.  It does that and more with this DVD, whose average price point doesn’t even reach $10.  Considering that the breadth and depth of the DVD’s content, that is a rather admirable aspect.  Keeping this in mind, it joins with that noted content to show even more why Arthur Celebrates Community is such a positive new release from PBS Distribution and PBS Kids.  It shows even more why viewers of all ages will celebrate the DVD, which is available now.

Arthur Celebrates Community is another positive new addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of Arthur DVDs.  That is proven in part through the eight episodes that make up the body of the DVD.  The stories each follow the DVD’s central theme of community unity, all in different ways.  The discussions that the stories can start among viewers of all ages add to the DVD’s appeal, as noted here.  The combination of the stories and those discussions that they can create makes the DVD’s average price point of less than $10 well worth spending as it is certain viewers will find themselves watching all eight of the DVD’s episodes time and again and discussing their content plenty, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of Arthur Celebrates Community.  All things considered, they make the DVD a presentation that audiences of all ages will celebrate.  More information on the DVD is available along with lots of printables, activities, games and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution’s New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ DVD Is One Big Joy For Audiences Of All Ages

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Fifty years ago last month, one of the most historic events in the history of mankind took place – the first moon landing.  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first – and only – humans to step foot on the surface of the moon.  This past month, the world stopped and watched once again, just as it did all those years ago, to commemorate the momentous event.  As part of the commemoration of the lunar landing, PBS Distribution released a brand new DVD from its hit science-based PBS Kids series Ready Jet Go! fittingly titled One Small Step.  The DVD features three episodes that coincide with the moon landing that will entertain and engage audiences of all ages.  They form the foundation of the DVD, and will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are connected with the DVD make for their own share of interest to the DVD’s presentation and will be addressed a little bit later on.  The primary and secondary content featured within the confines of One Small Step makes this DVD a presentation that will hopefully have younger viewers once again wanting to be astronauts instead of YouTube stars, and will have grown-ups remembering their own joy of wanting to go to the stars.  In all this DVD will certainly entertain and engage viewers of all ages, but will hopefully re-ignite (yes, that pun was intended) the awe and wonder which we as a people once held of America’s space program, as we examine the possibility of one day returning to the moon or even traveling farther into the galaxy.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Ready Jet Go! DVD One Small Step is a wonderful new addition to the shows’ ongoing series of DVD releases.  It is a presentation that will most certainly entertain viewers of all ages while also engaging and educating said audiences.  That is due in no small part to the stories featured in each of the DVD’s three featured episodes.  The DVD’s title episode features the disc’s longest story.  It follows Jet and his human friends as they celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing.  The recollections lead Jet to reveal to his friends, his own “super saucer,” which the kids use to take a trip to the moon together.  There’s just one problem, Jet doesn’t fully know how to operate the vehicle, leading him to accidentally crash land on the moon.  The crash landing might not be such a bad thing in the long run, though.  As Sydney and Jet 2 work to repair the saucer – this is subtle, but an important element.  It will be addressed in the discussion on the DVD’s lessons – Sean and Mindy explore the moon’s surface, ultimately finding the footprints left by Aldrin and Armstrong, as well as the platform on which the lunar lander sat before lifting off to return to the command module.  In the end, the kids return safely to Earth, happily recalling their own momentous moon landing.

The DVD’s second episode, “Earth Mission To Moon” is a standard length story.  This story is another that finds Jet and company taking a trip to the moon.  Chronologically, it was not the first time the kids went to the moon.  Neither was “One Small Step,” either.  The first time the kids went to the moon was in the episode “How Come The Moon Has Craters?” – Season 1 Episode 5.  The kids go to the moon to find out why it is full of craters.  Getting back on track, “Earth Mission To Moon” finds the kids headed to the moon as they re-enact the Apollo 11 moon landing, and return to Earth. This time, they make the trip with the companionship of Jet’s mom.  Along the way, viewers get to see a side-by-side comparison of the kids’ trip to the original Apollo 11 mission from beginning to end.  The footage does not run through the entire episode, but just at specific points.  That aside, it is another great way to celebrate the moon landing.

The third and final episode featured in One Small Step is “Mindy’s Moon Mission.”  It’s Mindy’s birthday in this episode.  Mindy gets a special gift that lets her feel like she’s on the moon.  As a result of that gift, Jet and the gang head to the moon for a game of lunar soccer.  It’s one more celebration of all things lunar.  This is just one more example of the entertainment that audiences will get through the stories featured in One Small Step.  While the DVD’s entertainment factor goes a long way toward making the DVD’s presentation positive, it is just one of the elements that serves that purpose.  The lessons that compliment the stories add even more appeal for audiences.

Each of the stories featured within this DVD presents plenty of entertainment for audiences of all ages.  Of course, the stories alone are just one part of what makes One Small Step another appealing Ready Jet Go! offering from PBS Distribution.  The lessons that accompany the stories add even more appeal to the DVD’s presentation.  One important lesson incorporated into the DVD’s content presents a message of female empowerment.  It comes in the DVD’s title story.  As Mindy and Shawn are out exploring the moon, Sydney works with Jet 2 to fix Jet’s “super saucer.”  Whether the incorporation of this message into the story was intentional is left up to the show’s writers to tell, but it is there.  Showing a female (of any age) doing any kind of mechanical work, such as working on a vehicle, is extremely rare, even in the 21st Century, let alone an African-American female.  To that end, the portrayal of Sydney taking on the task of fixing a machine created by a male is something that will certainly appeal to so many female viewers.  What’s more, it is also a message that promotes women getting involved in science, technology, engineering and math in general.  That will create even more appeal.

As the first story ends, it transitions to one of the show’s live action segments.  This time, Amy Meisner shows a young girl and guy how astronauts eat in space.  This is a basic lesson, but it still offers its own educational content.  The lesson in the second story is a full-on lesson about space travel that promotes space science.  The very promotion of space science (and science in general) is crucial in an age in which young people care more about being social media stars than stars of the scientific realm.  Again, here is even more appeal.

The lesson at the center of the DVD’s final story is another basic presentation, but still enjoyable for young viewers to learn.  It presents once again, the lesson about weight variances on the galaxy’s various celestial bodies.  This time the lesson is presented as Mindy enjoys bouncing on her inflatable attraction.  It is a basic lesson, but still an important lesson nonetheless, and presented in an accessible fashion for young viewers.  Keeping that in mind, it adds its own share of that engagement and entertainment for said viewers.  When the engagement from this lesson is considered with the engagement (and discussion) that the other noted lessons will generate, the whole of that content undeniably shows why it is important in its own right to the whole of One Small Step.  When it is considered along with the value of the DVD’s primary content – the stories – the whole of that primary and secondary content makes the DVD’s average price point more money well-spent.

The combined primary and secondary content featured within One Small Step does a lot to make the DVD another positive entry in the ongoing series of DVDs released from Ready Jet Go!.  Keeping that in mind, it makes the DVD’s average price point money well-spent.  The average price point for this DVD is $7.58.  That price is obtained using prices listed at PBS’ store, at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, Amazon and Barnes& Noble Booksellers.  The most expensive price listing is at PBS’ store at $9.99 while the least expensive listing is at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at $4.99.  While PBS’ price may be the most expensive at the time of this review’s posting, the fact of the matter is that even at $10, that is still money well spent, considering families will have the entertainment and education to enjoy any time they want.  Going back to the noted content, that is a lot of entertainment and education, even in just three episodes.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price point for Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step is a price that is affordable and will hardly break any viewer’s bank.  When this is considered along with the overall content, the DVD in whole proves to be one big joy for audiences of all ages.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Ready Jet Go! DVD One Small Step is one big success for the show and for PBS and PBS Distribution.  That is due in part to the stories at the center of each of the disc’s three episodes.  Two of the three stories pay direct tribute to the Apollo 11 anniversary while the other simply presents a fun lesson about the differences in gravities on different celestial bodies.  Speaking of lessons, the lessons tied into the episodes add even more appeal to the DVD’s presentation.  They combine with the stories to make the DVD’s average price point of less than $10 anything but a budget breaker.  Keeping that in mind, the DVD has a lot for audiences to appreciate.  To that end, the DVD in whole proves itself to be one big joy for audiences of all ages.  It is available now.  More information on Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step is available online now along with lots of Ready Jet Go! games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

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New ‘Wild Kratts’ DVD Is Creepy Fun For The Whole Family

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August is officially here, and while the nation is still in the dog days of summer, the last full month of summer means the countdown to fall’s return is on.  With that countdown is also the official countdown to the unofficial opening of the annual holiday season, Halloween.  As that countdown begins, PBS Distribution is getting an early start getting families into the holiday spirit with an early Halloween treat – Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures.  Set for release Aug. 13, the 65-minute DVD features two Halloween-themed episodes of the hit series that will give audiences of all ages plenty of creepy fun.  The stories themselves are just one part of what families will appreciate about this new DVD.  The lessons that are tied into the stories make for their own share of engagement and entertainment.  They will be discussed a little later.  Considering the DVD’s combined primary and secondary content, they make the DVD’s average retail price point money well spent.  This will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures.  All things considered, they make Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures a wonderful new educational and entertaining treat for audiences of all ages.

PBS Distribution’s new Wild Kratts DVD, Creepy Creatures is an enjoyable new early Halloween treat for audiences of all ages both in the classroom and the living room.  That is proven in part through the stories featured within each of the DVD’s two episodes.  The story in the DVD’s title episode finds Chris, Martin and their friends preparing for a Halloween party.  The preparations feature a search by Chris and Martin for costumes that are based on some creatures that most people might find otherwise creepy.  The brothers Kratt are not the only ones looking for some creepy creatures, though.  Zack Varmitech is spying on the brothers as they make their plans, and decides to kidnap a bunch of animals to create his own haunted house, all in an effort to make money off of his villainous ways.  The catch is that Zack can’t do it alone, so he gets his fellow villains to help him.  Of course things don’t go exactly as planned for the bad guys, as the Wild Kratts gang coming out on top.

The DVD’s second episode finds Chris, Martin and company dealing with a group of intruders to the Tortuga. Before Chris and Martin discover who the intruders are, the Jimmy Z is led to believe the Tortuga is haunted by an eight-eyed creature, leading to the Halloween theme.  The intruders in question turn out to be a mother raccoon and her babies.  The discovery leads to some more new creatures powers for the brothers, as well as a lesson about what makes raccoons so unique.  Along the way, there is also plenty of entertainment for audiences of all ages.  The entertainment offered through this episode’s story, and that in the DVD’s main episode leaves audiences agreeing the stories themselves that are featured in the DVD give viewers plenty of reason to add this DVD to their Halloween viewing.  While the stories present their own entertainment value to the DVD, the lessons tied in with the stories adds its own share of interest and entertainment, too.

The lessons that are presented within each of the DVD’s episodes are key in that they serve to dispel the beliefs that people have about the featured “creepy” creatures.  Case in point is a brief but concise lesson about the reality of vampire bats.  The brothers, in their search for the perfect Halloween costume, find a vampire bat.  They explain vampire bats are not at all what Hollywood has made them out to be.  They explain how little blood vampire bats take from other animals in order to survive and how little damage they do to other animals in getting that blood.  It makes fully clear that humans have nothing at all to fear from vampire bats.  Chris and Martin also find a certain species of tarantula, another creepy creature.  They dispel the beliefs about those arachnids, too.  There is even a dispelling of sorts about raccoons in the DVD’s second episode.  Many people have the belief that raccoons are disease ridden and just ramble through people’s garbage, causing all kinds of problems for people.  Chris and Martin show, through this lesson that they are in fact, not the rabble rousing scavengers that they have been made out to be. Rather, they are just out there surviving, and generally try to stay away from humans.  It’s just one more key lesson featured in the DVD.  There are plenty of others for viewers to discover when they purchase this DVD themselves.  When the collective lessons are considered along with the entertaining and engaging stories in the two featured episodes, the whole of that primary and secondary content makes the DVD’s fully affordable average price point money well-spent.

The average price point of Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures does not break the $10 mark.  In fact, it barely breaks the $5 mark, coming in at approximately $5.70.  The price is obtained by averaging prices at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and PBS’ store.  The DVD was not listed at Walmart at the time of this review.  The most expensive of the listed prices is $6.99 – at the sites of PBS and Books-A-Million – and the least expensive is $4.65 – at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  Regardless of which retailer one uses, PBS still benefits from those sales.  The money spent, again regardless of retailer, is again money well-spent.  It will obviously not break any family’s budget.  What’s more, buying the DVD means audiences can watch the DVD any time, not just on Halloween or the days leading up to Halloween.  There are no worries about trying to find the episodes online if viewers have it in physical form.  There again is even more proof of the value of the DVD.  When this is considered along with the content itself and its value, all things considered make Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures clearly an early Halloween treat the audiences of all ages will enjoy.

PBS Distribution’s new Wild Kratts DVD Creepy Creatures is another enjoyable offering from the series.  That is despite the fact that the DVD features only two more episodes, which is a standard for the company’s Wild Kratts DVDs.  It is so enjoyable in part because of the presentation’s primary content, its featured stories.  The lessons featured along with the stories adds even more appeal to the DVD’s presentation.  The combined content makes the DVD’s average price of less than $6 money well spent, especially considering that audiences who purchase the DVD will be able to enjoy all of the noted content whenever they want.  Each item noted in this review is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, they make Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures anything but creepy, but rather an entertaining, enjoyable early Halloween treat for audiences of all ages.  It will be available Aug. 13.  More information on the DVD is available along with lots of Wild Kratts activities, games, printables and more at:

 

 

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PBS Distribution Adding More Content To Its Prime Streaming Channel

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PBS Distribution is adding more PBS Kids content to its streaming service next month.

Pinkalicious & PeterifficA Pinkaperfect Birthday and Let’s Go LunaVolume 3 will be added to the company’s PBS Kids Prime Video Channel.  In the new Pinkalicious & Peteriffic special, it’s Pinkalicious’ birthday, and she gets her birthday wish — everything turns pink.  The problem is that not everyone is as enthusiastic about everything being pink as she is, so she and her friends take a trip to Fairyland to find the Birthday Fairy to undo her wish.

Let’s Go LunaVolume 3 continues Luna’s adventures around the world with her friends, the group learning more lessons about different cultures and peoples. This latest collection picks up where Let’s Go LunaVolume 2 left off, featuring episodes 11-15.

The first short in episode 11 is titled “Guitar To Sitar.”  The strings on Carmen’s guitar need replacement as she is writing a song for her mother’s birthday, leading to the a bazaar where she searches for new strings.  This leads her to the discovery of a sitar.  The episode’s second segment, “Spring Has Not Sprung” continue the group’s adventures in India.  Andy wants to get some photos of Delhi’s springtime settings, but the gray clouds cause some problems for him.

Episode 14 finds Luna and company down under in Australia.  The first half of this episode, “Boomin’ Boomerang,” finds Carmen being asked to take part in a boomerang competition, but she is struggling with her self-confidence.  It’s up to her and her friends to make her believe she has what it takes to compete.  The episode’s second short, “House Music” takes the gang to the famed Sydney Opera House as Andy wants to hear the band Syd and the Sydneys.

Luna herself takes center stage in Episode 15’s first half, “You Can’t Move The Moon.”  Luna has to take the place of Salami Strong in a sumo wrestler match in this episode after Salami is injured ahead of the match.  The episode’s second short, “Lizardzilla!,” reveals the magic of the movie industry and reminds young viewers that movies are just that, movies.  This is done as Leo admits he is too afraid to watch the movie Lizardzilla.

These episodes are just a portion of what audiences can expect in Let’s Go Luna!Volume 3.  Episodes 13 and 12 are also featured in the new volume.

Families can subscribe to PBS Kids’ Prime Video Channel for $4.99/month. Full episodes of Pinkalicious & Peterific and Let’s Go Luna! are also available for free on PBS Kids/ 24/7 channel on television and online at each show’s official website.

Pinkalicious & Peterific‘s official websites are located at:

 

Website: http://www.thinkpinalicious.com

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

 

Let’s Go Luna!‘s official websites are located at:

 

Website: http://pbskids.org/luna

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

 

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Three New PBS Kids Titles Available Now Through PBS Distribution

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PBS Distribution released three new titles for the whole family this month.

Released July 9 were Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step and ArthurArthur Celebrates Community.  The first of the two titles was a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.  It features a special hour-long episode that looks back at the historic moon landing mission after Jet tells his friends that he has built a new super saucer.

The announcement leads Jet and his friends to the moon, and a rough  landing on the moon leads Jet and Sunspot to go missing, leading his friends to search for the pair.  In the process of the search, Jet’s friends find things left behind by the Apollo 11 mission.

Ready Jet Go!One Small Step can be ordered online at PBS’ online store now.  Ready Jet Go! games, activities and printables are available online at:

Website: http://pbskids.org/readyjetgo

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

 

 

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ArthurArthur Celebrates Community features four episodes from the beloved animated series that teach invaluable lessons about compassion, civility, honesty and open-mindedness.  One of those lessons comes in the form of “When Rivals Come To Roost,” which finds the students of Lakewood Elementary having to share their school — and science fair secrets — with the students of Mighty Mountain after the school floods.

The episode’s second story, “The Longest Eleven Minutes,” finds Muffy having to deal with the internet going out as she obsesses over her blog.

The controversial “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” is also featured in this new collection.  This episode finds everyone’s grumpy Lakewood teacher tying the knot, but not to who they might think.

Also featured in this collection are the stories, “The Feud,” “House Guests,” “Binky Can’t Always Get What He Wants,” “Muffy’s Car Campaign” and “Truth or Poll.”

ArthurArthur Celebrates Community is available now through PBS’ online store.  Lots of Arthur activities, printables and activities are available online now at:

 

Website: http://pbskids.org/arthur

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

 

 

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On July 16, PBS Distribution released a brand new collection of classic episodes from the beloved series Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood in the form of Mr. Rogers NeighborhoodWould You Be Mine Collection.  This second collection of classic episodes features 30 more episodes from the series, spread across four discs.

One of the series’ most beloved episodes, “A Visit to the Crayon Factory” is featured as a bonus in this collection.  Also appearing in the collection are famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, equally famous performance group STOMP and Olympian Suzie McConnell.  The set’s run time tops 14 hours, giving the whole family lots of entertainment.

Mr. Rogers NeighborhoodWould You Be Mine Collection is available now through PBS’ online store.  More fun for the whole family is available through activities, printable and games at:

 

Website: http://pbs.kids.org/daniel

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PBS Succeeds Again With Its Latest ‘Nature Cat’ DVD

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Early this year, PBS Distribution released another new collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit series Nature Cat in the form of Nature Cat: Nature Cat & Mr. Hide.  This latest collection of episodes – another four-episode presentation – is yet another success for the network.  That is especially the case considering that its episodes, which promote outdoor activity and learning, were included in a disc that was originally released in the dead of winter.  Now with summer only days away, those pro-outdoors stories – which form the foundation of the disc’s presentation – are even more timely in their presentation.  They will be discussed shortly.  The biology lessons tied into each story add to the stories even more, and will be discussed a little bit later.  The disc’s average price point put the accent to the disc’s presentation and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of Nature Cat & Mr. Hide.  All things considered, they make this DVD another success for PBS, PBS Kids and PBS Distribution.

Summer vacation is here or almost here for students across America.  While school is either out for summer or almost out, it doesn’t mean the fun and learning have to stop.  Nature Cat: Nature Cat & Mr. Hide offers young viewers plenty of entertainment while also educating those audiences.  That is done in part through the pro-outdoor stories featured in each of the disc’s four episodes.  From playing a game of hide and seek against Ronald and a group of other cats to exploring nature to learn about organisms that light up at night (and light up the night) to frolicking with some friendly dragonflies to enjoying a game of beach volleyball, the episodes featured in this disc do plenty to promote outdoor activity in the warm weather.  With any luck, young viewers will take that promotion for healthy, active lifestyles, and allow it to inspire them to move more while also learning about all that nature has to offer.  Speaking of learning about all that nature has to offer, the science lessons that are incorporated into the pro-active lifestyle stories add their own positive element to the DVD’s presentation.

The science lessons that are tied into each of the DVD’s four featured episodes are just as diverse as the pro-active lifestyle stories themselves.  The disc’s title episode features a lesson about camouflage.  It’s hardly the first time that viewers have been treated to a lesson about the ways in which prey use colors and patterns in nature to keep from being eaten by predators.  It has been discussed in Wild Kratts, another hit PBS Kids show.  It has also been discussed on PBS’ popular wildlife series Nature more than once.  In the case of this episode, viewers learn specifically how creatures, such as frogs and deer use camouflage to hide from predators.  Nature Cat ends up searching for ways to camouflage himself in a neighborhood-wide game of hide and seek that involves, what else, a dog hunting cats.  “The Glow Games” finds Nature Cat and his friends having to find three different bioluminescent life forms before Ronald.  The episode’s title gives a hint about one of the living, light-creating creatures that Nature Cat and company find.  Another of the bioluminescent creatures that the group finds is a popular summertime creature of the night.  It will be left for audiences to discover on their own.  The third is perhaps the most unexpected.  It will also be left for viewers to discover on their own.  Overall, the beings that Nature Cat and company discover are diverse in their own right.  “The Shell Game” takes audiences to the beach and teaches about invertebrates with the introduction of another of Nature Cat’s friends, a hermit crab who has outgrown his shell.  The crab tells Nature Cat and company that if he can’t find a new shell, he can’t help them face Ronald and his team in a game of beach volleyball.  It goes without saying that such a plot point is original in comparison to Nature Cat’s other episodes and to episodes from other wildlife-based series animated and otherwise.  “Enter The Dragonfly” entertains right from its title, which is a spoof of the famous 1973 Bruce Lee martial arts flick Enter The Dragon.  There’s no martial arts featured in this episode, despite that pun.  Rather, the story has a rather medieval vibe as Ronald is sent on a quest to become one of the Knights of Nature.  In the process, he – and viewers – learn the life cycle of a dragonfly.  That can easily serve as the starting point for lessons about the life cycles of other semi-aquatic animals, such as frogs, toads and salamanders.  By now, the diversity in the science lessons featured in this DVD’s episodes should be obvious.  That diversity goes just as far as the episodes’ pro-healthy lifestyle lessons to making this DVD a joy for audiences of all ages and kinds.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD’s average price point proves to be more money very well-spent.

The average price point for Nature Cat: Nature Cat & Mr. Hide is $5.67, using price listings at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and PBS’ online store.  The most commonly listed price, listed at Walmart, Amazon and Target, is $4.79.  The most expensive listing, $6.99, is at PBS’ store.  The DVD was not listed at Books-A-Million’s website at the time of this review’s posting.  Regardless of which retailer one uses, the money spent on this DVD will still go back to PBS even if purchased from a retailer other than PBS.  What’s more, the fact that the DVD’s average price point of less than $7 is one that clearly will not break any consumer’s budget, whether ordered online or in store.  The content noted in the DVD through this review proves the money spent on the DVD is well-spent.  All things considered here, Nature Cat & Mr. Hide becomes a presentation that proves to be yet another success for PBS, PBS Kids and PBS Distribution.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Nature Cat DVD, Nature Cat & Mr. Hide is another welcome offering from what is another welcome addition to PBS (and PBS Kids’) program lineup.  That is proven in part through stories that promote active lifestyles in each episode.  The science lessons that are tied into the stories add to each episode’s interest, too.  The DVD’s average price point is anything but a budget buster.  Rather, it is money well-spent, considering the breadth and depth of the DVD’s overall content.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of Nature Cat & Mr. Hide.  All things considered, they make this DVD yet another positive offering from the still very young series.  It is available now.  More information on the DVD is available along with plenty of Nature Cat activities, printables, episodes and more at:

 

 

 

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