PBS Distribution Releasing New Peg + Cat DVD

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution/PBS Kids

PBS and PBS Distribution will release the latest collection of Peg + Cat episodes this week.

Peg + Cat: Super Peg and Cat Guy will be released Tuesday, April 5th in stores and online.  The collection which features four more episodes from the hit elementary math-based series, will be available exclusively on DVD.  The episodes featured in this eighth collection include: “The Arch Villain Problem,” “The Straight and Narrow Problem,” “The Flat Woman Problem,” and “The Race Car Problem.”

The Arch Villain Problem”:  In this episode, Peg and Cat have to face off against The Arch Villain.  The Arch Villain has come to Mathropolis.  He is wreaking havoc on the city by turning everything into arches.  So it’s up to Super Peg and Cat Guy to stop him.

The Straight and Narrow Problem”: Super Peg and Cat Guy are still hot on the trail of The Arch Villain in this episode.  This time the Arch Villain has gone from turning everything into arches to using straight and narrow shapes instead.  Only Super Peg and Cat Guy can stop his evil deeds once again.

The Flat Woman Problem”: Super Peg and Cat Guy have two new villains on their hands in this episode.  This time instead of The Arch Villain, they have to deal with Triangulo and Flat Woman.  The diabolical duo has teamed up to triangulate and flatten the city and only Super Peg and Cat Guy can stop them.

The Race Car Problem”: Peg and Cat’s race car is pitiful compared to the cars that they have to pass in order to win the big race.

Peg + Cat: Super Peg and Cat Guy will be available April 5th in stores and online.  It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP Of $6.99.  It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=91837426&cp=&sr=1&kw=peg++cat&origkw=Peg+%2B+Cat&parentPage=search.  More information on this and other Peg + Cat DVDs is available online now along with more activities, games, and more at:

 

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PBS Distribution Releasing New Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD

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Daniel Tiger is coming to DVD again.

PBS and PBS Distribution will release the new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD Daniel Goes Camping this Tuesday, April 5th.  The DVD will feature three more episodes from the hit family friendly series.  Those episodes are: “Backyard Camping,” “Daniel’s Sleepover,” and the extended, “Nighttime in the Neighborhood.”  The DVD’s total run time is only forty minutes, putting each of the episodes at roughly ten minutes.

 

“Backyard Camping” follows Daniel and O The Owl as they go camping in Daniel’s backyard.  O the Owl isn’t entirely certain about going camping because it’s a new, unfamiliar setting.  But in looking around the yard, O realizes that camping in Daniel’s backyard isn’t so scary.  Rather, he finds out that backyard camping can be fun.

 

“Daniel’s Sleepover” sees Daniel and his parents go to Prince Daniel’s castle for a family sleepover.  Daniel learns that Prince Wednesday and his family do things a little bit different than him and his family in getting ready for bed.  Daniel also finds things that at first are scary but later prove to be anything but scary.

 

“Nighttime in the Neighborhood” presents Daniel’s neighborhood at night as Daniel and his friends are headed to a pajama party at the library.  Daniel and his friends talk and learn about ho tings look different at night from daytime and why there’s nothing to be afraid of  in noting those differences.

 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes Camping will be available Tuesday, April 5th.  It will retail for MSRP of $9.99.  It can be ordered online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=90114526&cp=&sr=1&kw=daniel+tigers+neighborhood&origkw=daniel+tiger%27s+neighborhood&parentPage=search.  More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD is available along with games, activities, and more at:

 

 

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PBS’ New Reading Rainbow DVD Is One Of 2016’s Top New Family DVDs

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Reading Rainbow is back again.  And it’s all thanks to the people at PBS and PBS Distribution.  This past January PBS and PBS Distribution released the latest collection of classic Reading Rainbow episodes to DVD.  It features four more episodes from the original, literary-based series proving yet again that even in a nearly all-digital age, there is still a place and need for actual books.  It also shows that there is still a place for such a show even as much as television has changed since the episodes’ original run.  Speaking of the disc’s featured episodes they are altogether the collection’s most notable element.  They are just one important element to note in the collection.  The episodes’ specific content is just as important to the disc’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  This will be discussed at more length later.  Last but hardly least of note here are the bonus lessons included inside the disc’s case.  There is a trio of bonus lessons featured inside the disc’s case which prove beneficial both for parents and educators alike.  It rounds out the collection’s most important elements.  By itself it is a bonus in every sense of the word.  Alongside the episodes and their production values, the collection in whole proves to be a piece that while it might have been released back in January is just as invaluable with the summer approaching as any other time of the year.  Simply put it is an early candidate for the critics’ lists of the year’s “Best New Family DVDs.”

 

PBS’ latest addition to its series of classic Reading Rainbow DVDs is an early candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s top new family DVDs.  It only boasts four episodes.  But it is four more episodes that fans of the long-running literary-based series didn’t previously have.  The episodes in question represent a relatively healthy cross section of the series’ run.  Season One is represented in the collection’s lead episode in which host LeVar Burton presents the timeless classic Miss Nelson Is Back.  Season Nineteen and Season Fourteen are both represented here with episodes that see Burton presenting Our Big Home and How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.  And from Season Nine audiences get to take in the real life story of Kate Shelley in Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express.  While the episodes represents a relatively healthy cross section of the series’ run, the opening sequence used in each episode cannot be ignored.  It is a little bit problematic just as in the episodes presented in the series’ previous DVDs.  Instead of using the season-specific openings, all four episodes are preceded by the opening used in the series’ later years.  It is a minor detail.  But it is important in its own right.  That is because of the role that it plays in the episodes’ overall viewing experience.  This is especially the case for the series’ original audiences.  Now that aside, it is really the only negative to the whole presentation.  The episodes that are featured in this set stand out because when compared to the episodes presented in the series’ previous pair of releases (which were released in 2015).  One presented episodes largely from the series’ later years while the other largely represented more of a progression of the series over its years.  This collection reaches more across the board for its content.  So it gives audiences a richer picture of where the series was throughout its life.  Keeping that in mind it shows why the episodes in themselves are so important to the whole of the DVD’s presentation.  They are just one of the DVD’s notable elements. The material within the episodes is just as important to the disc’s presentation as the episodes themselves.

 

The episodes that are featured in PBS’ new Reading Rainbow collection are in themselves hugely important to the set’s presentation.  That is because in comparison to the series’ previous collections they reach from a broader swath of the series’ run.  The series’ previous sets seemed more centered on specific periods of the series’ run.  But this one shows a broader picture of the series’ evolution because it isn’t so centrally focused.  As important as this is to the collection it is just one important part of the set’s presentation.  The material presented in the episodes doesn’t focus on just one subject.  What’s more the subjects that are tackled are done so in a manner that makes them just as accessible for today’s young viewers as they were for the series’ original audiences when they were young.  The set’s lead episode takes on magic and masks in connection to Miss Nelson is Back.  They’re both fun subjects that audiences of all ages will enjoy.  In the set’s second episode, Burton takes viewers on a trip to the United Nations and explains how the people of the world work out their differences there peacefully.  Even as dates as the episode is it is still an interesting episode with its basic discussion on international relations and its emphasis on peaceful negotiations versus the use of military conflicts.  If that isn’t enough for viewers, seeing LeVar struggle with tears as he cuts onions in the set’s third episode generates its own share of laughs.  And Burton’s train trip up the California coast is just as entertaining.  No matter what age a person is, everybody loves trains including this critic.  And learning the history of the railroad’s creation even briefly is educational and entertaining for audiences.  It’s one more example of what makes the episodes’ content just as important as the episodes themselves.  Both elements together make for plenty of reason for audiences to check out this new collection of classic Reading Rainbow episodes.  They still are not the only elements to note of importance in this collection.  The bonus lessons included inside the DVD’s case round out its presentation.

 

The episodes that are featured in PBS’ new Reading Rainbow collection and their content are equally important to the overall presentation of the set.  As important as they are to its presentation they are hardly the only notable elements included in the disc’s presentation.  There is also a trio of lessons included in the disc’s case that serves as bonus material.  It rounds out the disc’s presentation.  The first of the bonus lessons is tied to “Our Big Home.”  It encourages parents to learn about people from different parts of the world and what makes their cultures so important.  There are suggestions about cooking a traditional meal from another culture, going to a museum, going to a library to check out books on different cultures, and plenty more.  The en result is a deeper appreciation for people from other countries and cultures.  The second bonus lesson, “Helping Others,” is tied in to “Our Big Home.”  It teaches the importance of community service and simply helping out as part of a family.  It does so by having parents assign children “secret service” missions.  They are missions that children can do for others around their communities.  In an age when children seem increasingly self-centered and self-absorbed, thinking the world owes them everything, this lesson is perhaps the single most important lesson included in the set.  The set’s final lesson is one of the biggest (and tastiest) surprises.  It is a complete recipe for an apple pie.  What’s more the lesson encourages young viewers to make the pie not for themselves but for a friend or just as a means to make a good impression on someone in general.  It links right back to the lesson of helping others.  And to a lesser degree it could be argued that those two lessons even tie back around to the set’s main lesson on valuing others an their various cultures.  All things considered the lessons featured in PBS’ new Reading Rainbow collection prove in the end to be collectively just as important to the set as the set’s episodes and their general content.  All three elements together make Reading Rainbow: Miss Nelson Is Back yet another wonderful addition to any family’s home DVD library and an early candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s top new family DVDs.
Reading Rainbow: Miss Nelson Is Back is one of 2016’s top new family DVDs.  That is proven through its episodes, which represent a healthy cross section of the series’ episodes.  The content contained therein is just as important.  That is because it both entertains and educates audiences of all ages even now decades after the series ended its original run on PBS.  The bonus lessons presented in the set round out its presentation.  They are just as invaluable for audiences as the episodes as their content.  All things considered the elements noted here come together to make Reading Rainbow: Miss Nelson Is Back a treat for the whole family.  It is available now and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=80523506&cp=&sr=1&kw=reading+rainbow&origkw=Reading+Rainbow&parentPage=search.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

 

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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:

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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:

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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

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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:

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