PBS Kids Set To Release New Super Why Episode Collection Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS Kids/PBS

PBS Kids will release a brand new collection of episode from the network’s hit series Super Why next month.

Officials with PBS Kids and PBS Distribution announced this week that Super WHY: Cinderella and Other Fairytale Adventures will be released on Tuesday, August 11th in stores and online. The DVD will feature five more episodes from the hit vocabulary-building series anchored by “Cinderella.” Also included in this collection are: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “Snow White,” “The Prince and the Pauper,” and a new take on Cinderella, “Cinderella: The Prince’s Side of the Story.” It is in this episode that Super Why and company must travel into the story of Cinderella once again, this time in order to solve another mystery—the mystery of Little Boy Blue’s disappearance. Only Prince Charming can help them because he has experience with a similar experience.

“Snow White” presents the classic fairytale and adds a modern twist that teaches an important lesson about overeating. The lesson is taught as Princess Pea and the Super Readers are at a carnival in this episode. Princess Pea has eaten so much that now she has a stomach ache. But then Goldilocks offers her some popcorn just like the evil queen tempted Snow White with the poisoned apple in the story of Snow White. Princess Pea is tempted to eat just a little bit of the popcorn offered to her by Goldilocks even though she knows that she shouldn’t. So it’s up to the Super Readers to convince her to not give in, leading to the trip into this story.

Whyatt and Princess Pea learn the age-old adage that the grass always seems greener on the other side in “The Prince and the Pauper,” the third of the collection’s five episodes. When Whyatt thinks that his house is too loud and Princess Pea thinks that hers is too quiet, the pair decides to trade places. First, the pair, along with the rest of the Super Readers, travel into the story of The Prince and the Pauper and discover that maybe trading places isn’t such a good idea after all.

“The Boy Who Cried Wolf” introduces young audiences to the episode’s namesake “fairytale” after Whyatt is the only one around when his baby sister Joy says her first words. In order to figure out how to get people to believe him, he and the rest of the Super Readers travel into the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf and help its lead character convince everyone about the wolf.

In the last of the set’s episodes, Red is going to Sleeping Beauty’s princess party. The problem is that Red isn’t a princess. So she and the Super Readers jump into the story of Cinderella to find out how its main character dealt with her own princess problem. Parents will especially enjoy this episode as it teaches not only about the classic fairytale but also an important lesson about self-esteem.

Super Why: Cinderella and Other Fairytale Adventures will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, August 11th. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99 and can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=66322776&cp=&sr=1&kw=super+why&origkw=Super+Why&parentPage=search&searchId=62950646. More information on this and other Super Why DVDs is available online now along with lots of Super WHY games, activities and more at:

Website: http://pbskids.org/superwhy

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PBS Kids Announces Release Date, Specs For New Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Next month, PBS Distribution will release its latest collection of episodes from the hit PBS Kids series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

Officials with PBS and PBS Distribution announced recently that on Tuesday, August 18th, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Tiger Goes To School will be released in stores and online. It will feature eight more episodes from PBS Kids’ hit children’s series that will both entertain and educate young viewers including: “Be A Vegetable Taster!,” which teaches young viewers about the importance of eating healthy, “Problem Solver Daniel,” which teaches viewers about both working together and helps them develop problem solving skills, and “Safety Patrol,” which teaches about the different safety rules used to keep people safe around town.” There are plenty more episodes that will entertain and educate the whole family on this new DVD. The complete episode listing for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To School is listed below.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To School Episode List

“A Trip to the Crayon Factory”
Daniel Tiger, Miss Elaina, and Katerina Kittycat take a fun trip to the factory to see how crayons are made but, O the Owl can’t come because he’s sick. At the factory, the kids watch the crayons being made, and Daniel looks and listens closely. Daniel has an idea to take pictures at the factory and give them to O at the end of the day, so that O can learn about crayons too!

“Be a Vegetable Taster!”
Teacher Harriet introduces Daniel and his friends to the school’s vegetable garden and convinces them to pick out some healthy veggies for their snack. They explore the garden, picking and trying different vegetables…with mixed results!


“Line Leader Daniel”
The children are getting new classroom jobs at school. Daniel really wants to be line leader! When he doesn’t get the job he wanted, Daniel is disappointed. Soon he learns that all of the jobs are necessary to keep the classroom running smoothly.

“Problem Solver Daniel”
Daniel and Miss Elaina are playing with the blocks at school but they each want to build something different. They call Teacher Harriet over to help fix the problem, but she tells them to work out a solution without her. They do, and feel proud that they can figure things out all by themselves.


“The Class Votes”
At school, Daniel and his classmates get to choose their new class pet! Teacher Harriet explains that they can either get a bunny or a turtle. The kids learn what it means to “vote” and that sometimes it doesn’t always turn out your way. Luckily, ALL of the kids find something to love about their new pet, “Snowball”!


“O Builds a Tower”
In the block corner at school, O the Owl is determined to use all of the blocks to build the tallest tower in the world. After many failed attempts, he is frustrated, but Teacher Harriet and O’s friends encourage him to try once again.

“Play Pretend”
Teacher Harriet shows the children a big cardboard box and asks them what they think it could be. Daniel and Miss Elaina have fun pretending the box is a space ship and a jungle boat, but O the Owl just sees a big cardboard box. With a little help from his friends, O discovers how much fun it is to pretend!

“Safety Patrol”
Today at school, the children are learning about traffic signs. Prince Tuesday comes for a special visit, wearing his crossing guard uniform. He takes the class on a walk through the Neighborhood and they practice their safety rules all along the way.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To School will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, August 18th on DVD only. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99. It can be prdered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=64547196&cp=&sr=1&kw=daniel+tigers+neighborhood&origkw=Daniel+Tiger%27s+Neighborhood&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborood compilations is available online now along with lots of activities and games from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at:

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Curious George: The Complete First Season Is Complete In Name Only

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Courtesy: Universal Studios Home Entertainment/PBS/PBS Kids

Curious George is one of America’s most beloved literary figures. For generations everybody’s favorite curious little monkey has been entertaining readers and viewers of all ages with his adventures. From an extensive series of literary adventures to a classic animated series of sorts in the 1980s to his most recent series, which debuted in 2006, George’s adventures have been teaching important lessons and putting smiles on families’ faces for ages. And this past May fans of George’s most recent animated series were finally rewarded for their loyalty to the series as Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE) finally released the series’ first season in its entirety on DVD. Its release marks the first time that this series’ first season has seen the light of day in whole on DVD. And as entertaining as it is, it has to be said that it isn’t a perfect release. On the good side, audiences get the entire sixty episode (yes, sixty episodes) run from Season One on just four discs. That equals to roughly ten hours of entertainment and education for audiences of all ages. This is especially important for a number of reasons and will be discussed shortly. Sixty episodes is a lot of episodes. So one would naturally think that an episode guide of some sort would have been included in this set. Sadly the exact opposite proved to be the case. There is no episode guide. And that’s just one of a handful of cons that weigh down the set. For all of the cons that weigh it down, there is at least one more positive to consider. that positive is in fact the writing that went into each of the set’s episodes. More simply put, the mix of entertainment and education incorporated into each episode offers its own value to the whole of Season One. That value set alongside the set’s cons and its one major positive, Curious George: The Complete First Season isn’t a total loss for audiences. It is one of the year’s best new box sets for children and families. Though, sadly it can’t be said that it is the year’s best.

Curious George: The Complete First Season has been a long time coming. Ever since the series made its debut nine years ago, audiences have waited patiently for its release. Yet for some reason the people at USHE instead started with the series’ sixth and seventh seasons and only now released its first season. Why USHE would take that route is anyone’s guess. Getting back on track, audiences will appreciate that while it is complete in name only, Curious George: The Complete First Season is complete at least in terms of its episode listing. Season One boasts a total of sixty (yes, sixty) episodes. Those episodes are spread across a total of four discs that are packaged wisely inside a standard DVD case. The inclusion of all sixty original Season One episodes here is a positive in that it replaces a number of USHE’s previously released standalone Curious George compilation discs. This critic alone owns no fewer than a dozen of those standalone DVD compilations. That means that no less than half of those DVDs can now be eliminated. In other words, that means less DVDs cluttering up the house. Any parent will welcome less clutter. What’s more, owning sixty episodes in one set means that much less worry about missing George when it comes on TV regardless of whether it be on PBS or a family’s local PBS Kids affiliate. Keeping all of this in mind, the inclusion of all sixty Season One episodes in a wisely packaged four-disc set definitely makes Curious George Season:  The Complete First Season worth the addition to any family’s home DVD library.

The presentation of all sixty episodes from Curious George’s first season is within tiself plenty of reason for families to add this box set to their home DVD library. It potentially eliminates clutter from families’ homes. And it means that much less worry about missing Curious George when it comes on TV. Those are all great aspects of Season One. For every positive there is always at least one negative, though. Sadly, Curious George: The Complete First Season has its share of cons. The most glaring of those cons is linked directly to the season’s sixty-episode run. It is the lack of an episode guide of any kind. Considering that Season One boasts so many episodes, one would have thought it common sense that some thing as simple as an episode guide outlining which episodes are on which disc would be included in the set. Apparently someone at USHE thought otherwise. So audiences essentially have to either memorize the episode listing or write up an episode listing themselves and add it into the box. It’s sad that that was apparently an afterthought for the people at USHE. It is just one of a number of cons that weigh down this set, too. Along with that con, audiences will also note that there are no bonus features to speak of anywhere in the set.

The “mid-show” segments that feature kids doing what George did in the corresponding episode are nowhere to be found, either. The “mid-show” segments are commonplace with each broadcast on television. They are even there on the series’ standalone sets. So why not here? It’s doubtful having them in each episode would force an extra disc or even more to the set. So why not have them here? It seems a trivial aspect. But in reality those segments help to drive home the concepts being taught in each episode. They drive home the presented concepts because they present children doing the things that George did in the corresponding episodes. This makes them that much more relatable for young viewers and in turn more capable of reaching them. So not having them included here yet again weighs down the set even more. It means that parents and teachers have to find ways to keep those audiences engaged after the episodes are over and figuring out how to drive the lessons home themselves. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it would have been nice to have that starting point regardless. Because it isn’t there audiences are actually losing out by not having them included here. The same can be said of the lack of bonus features.

The bonus features that are so commonplace in the series’ standalone compilations also help to drive home the concepts being taught in the presented episode. They, too are starting points for bigger lessons that can be taught on the presented topics. A prime example is the rocket building game that corresponds with “Curious George’s Rocket Ride.” That game is included in the standalone DVD which features said episode as its focal point. That game in nowhere to be found anywhere on this set. It keeps children interested in rockets and space all while teaching a basic lesson about shapes. It’s just one of so many games and other activities not included in this set that could have been included. Because it and the others from other Curious George DVDs aren’t here, it means teachers and parents having to figure out how to come up with a cost-effective way to present the same games on their own. Yet again, that’s not a total loss. But still it would have been nice to have at least something there. Not having any bonus games, “mid-show” segments, or episode guide to go by, so much enjoyment and even education that could have been had is potentially lost from this set. Considering this, Curious George: The Complete First Season loses a lot of points and shows even more to be in reality complete in name only.

Curious George: The Complete First Season is sadly complete in name only. That is because despite having its full complement of sixty episodes, it is lacking in a number of other areas, as has been pointed out. For all of its cons, there is at least one more important pro that should be noted here that is directly related to the cons. That pro is the actual writing that went into this season’s episodes. The writers expertly balanced the series’ entertainment value with its educational content in every episode without fail. From one episode to the next there are various lessons that teach problem-solving skills, basic math and science skills, and so much more. For example, in “From Scratch,” George teaches viewers about using deductive reasoning by trying to solve what made scratches on the furniture at Chef Pisghetti’s restaurant and clear Gnocci’s name. Young viewers won’t even realize that they are being taught thanks to the fact that the series’ writers made the episode a whodunit sort of story with George playing the detective. “Zero To Donuts” teaches viewers basic math skills as George accidentally orders one hundred dozen donuts when he should have only ordered one dozen. So he has to learn about the values of certain numbers. And in “The All Animal Recycled Band” kids learn both about music and conservation as George wants to make a band of his own. The problem is that he has to figure out how to make his instruments and who will play them. His decision on who will play makes for plenty of laughs for the whole family. The lesson about conservation taught through George’s development of his instruments is just as important to the episode. It’s another example of the writers’ ability to balance important educational content with entertainment throughout Season One. There are plenty of other episodes that could be used as examples of how the writers’ ability to balance educational and entertainment content make Season One’s episodes makes them so enjoyable. There just is neither enough time nor space for a discussion on each one. Needless to say, the talent of the writers to balance both elements set along with the fact that all sixty episodes are finally presented in one complete set makes Curious George: The Complete First Season a welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library. This is the case even with all of its negatives. Those negatives make this season enjoyable but sadly complete in name only.

Curious George: The Complete First Season is a welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library. The fact that al slixty of its episodes have been presented together here for the first time is just one reason that it is such a welcome addition. The balance of educational and entertaining content within each episode makes for even more reason for families to add this box set to their home DVD library. Sadly there are some glaring issues with the set including the lack of something as basic as an episode guide, the “mid-show” segments that are commonplace in the series’ TV broadcasts and its standalone DVDs, and any bonus features that are common on those same standalone DVDs. Even with those cons noted, they don’t make Curious George: The Complete First Season a total loss. They only make it complete in name only. All things considered, Curious George: The Complete First Season is one of the year’s best new box sets for children and families. But it is hardly the best. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other available Curious George DVDs is available online along with the latest Curious George news at:

Website: http://www.curiousgeorge.com

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Audiences Of All Ages Will Enjoy PBS Kids’ Latest Trip To Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

PBS Kids will release the latest collection of episodes from its hit series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood later this month.  It’s A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood is an aptly titled release as it is such a great new collection.  The central reason that it is such a joy is the collection of lessons incorporated into each of its eight episodes.   From its opening lesson on getting outside and getting active to its lesson on healthy eating to a lesson about responsibility and making things right when one makes mistakes and more, the lessons incorporated into these episodes make them a wonderful watch for audiences of all ages.  Another reason that it shines so brightly is the fact that the episodes are run in chronological order once again as with previous collections and with the series itself.    Last but not least worth noting is the material added onto the collection as bonus material.  The printable coloring pages and activities that have been included with previous collections are present here.  There are also a couple of bonus music videos performed by the trio Voodoo Highway Music & Post.  One of the videos and its song drives home the lesson centered on self-confidence.  The other sees the trio performing the show’s theme song.  All three elements together show fully why Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is yet another welcome addition to any family’s personal DVD library.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: It’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood offers plenty of reason for any family to add it to their personal home DVD library.  The central reason that it is so worth the purchase is the collection of lessons incorporated into each of its episodes.  Being that summer is now right around the corner, many of the lessons the lead off lessons centered on getting outside and exploring nature is a fitting way to lead off the collection.  These lessons are taught as Daniel and his friend O The Owl go outside with O’s uncle X The Owl for a walk in “Daniel Explores Nature” and “Daniel’s Nature Walk.”  X teaches the boys about appreciating all that nature has to offer in these episodes and that even if there’s a little sprinkle it doesn’t necessarily mean that one has to go indoors.  The boys (and in turn audiences) learn about all the different plants and animals in nature in the collection’s lead off episodes.  This will hopefully get young audiences encouraged to go outside themselves and learn about all the joys that nature has to offer.  By connection, going outside also promotes getting active which is just as important for young viewers to learn if not more so.  On a similar note, the pairing of “Fruit Picking Day” and “A Trip To The Enchanted Garden” teach young viewers about healthy eating by showing just some of the great tasting healthy foods there are out there.  If that isn’t enough for audiences (especially parents and teachers), there is also a lesson about being responsible for one’s actions and making things right when one has made a mistake.  The lesson includes a sub-lesson of sorts that teaches young viewers about taking things that aren’t theirs without asking.  Yet again, here is another reason that this collection should be in every family’s home and maybe even every pre-school and kindergarten classroom.  It’s not the last reason that it should be included in both settings, either.  There is also a lesson that teaches young viewers about the importance of cleaning up and another centered on safety at the beach (again just in time for summer).  Regardless of which lesson(s) one chooses, every viewer will agree that every one of the lessons featured in this collection make it well worth the purchase and the watch.

The lessons that are presented throughout the course of PBS Kids’ new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood collection are central to its success.  That should be crystal clear by now.  They make up just one reason that every home and every pre-k and kindergarten classroom should have this collection.  Another reason that it proves itself well worth the purchase and the watch is the fact that the lessons are presented in a clear and concise fashion.  More simply put the episodes that teach each of the lessons are presented together once again just as with previous collections from the series.  It also mirrors the way that the lessons are presented in the series, too.  This is a direct throwback to the way the lessons were taught in Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood so many years ago.  Keeping the episodes in question in chronological order as it were means keeping young viewers’ fully engaged.  Had the episodes jumped around then the lessons incorporated into said episodes wouldn’t have been driven home as well if at all.  But in keeping each episode paired, it ensures the lessons are driven home.  It is one more way in which the people at PBS and PBS Kids have succeeded once again with this latest collection and even more reason for parents and teachers alike to add this set to their home and classroom collections respectively.

The lessons incorporated into the new collection of episodes from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and the clear connection of the episodes to drive home the lessons are both key in their own way in making the collection enjoyable.  Having noted the most important of the disc’s elements there is still one more element to note that makes it so enjoyable.  That last element is the material included as bonus material.  Included with this collection are all of the bonus printable coloring pages that were included with the series’ previous DVD collections.  The bonus activity “All Aboard” is included once again, too.  The coloring pages feature Daniel and his friends by themselves and together on board Trolley.  Speaking of Trolley, the bonus activity “All Aboard” gives young viewers the chance once again to “buy” their own imaginary tickets and ride their own make believe trolley.  Along the way, the activity teaches those same viewers about taking turns.  Those families and teachers that might not have the series’ previous DVDs will most appreciate that these same bonuses have been included once again.  That is because it keeps them on the same page as viewers that do have the noted collections.  The music videos included with this collection are the new additions.  The videos present the series’ theme song and another piece that teaches young viewers about self-confidence.  The songs in both pieces are performed by Voodoo Music & Post.  The second of the songs is especially important as it can be used as part of an invaluable discussion on self-worth especially in an age when it seems like bullying is still at near epidemic levels in this country.  It is one more important way in which Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: It’s a Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood shines, proving itself a must have whether in the classroom or the living room.

PBS Kids’ new collection of episodes from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is yet another must have whether in the classroom or the living room.  Its lessons and their organization are both important in their own way to the enjoyment and success of this latest collection.  The bonus material included with the disc is just as important to the presentation in whole.  All three elements considered together, they prove once again the collection’s value regardless of the setting in which it is used. It will be available Tuesday, May 26th on DVD and can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=60958536&cp=&sr=1&kw=daniel+tigers+neighborhood&origkw=daniel+tiger%27s+neighborhood&parentPage=search. More information on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is available online along with more episodes and games at:

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WordWorld Birthday Party! Is Its Own Gift Throughout The Year

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Kids’ released the latest installment of its family friendly series WordWorld on DVD last month.  The DVD–Word World: Birthday Party!–is a great fit for any family with young readers and readers to be.  The DVD features five more episodes from the vocabulary-building-based series that the whole family is sure to enjoy.  Families will enjoy the presented episodes for more reasons than they might think. Audiences will note in watching all give episodes that they teach more than just vocabulary-building skills. The show’s writers have also incorporated some important life lessons, too.  And they aren’t done in an overly preachy manner, either.  That is just one part of what makes this collection of episodes so enjoyable. The collective run time and pacing of the episodes presented here makes the overall viewing even more enjoyable for audiences of all ages. Also worth noting of this DVD is the material included as bonus material. Included in the DVD are four printable activities for parents to enjoy with their children as well as six separate printable coloring pages featuring each of WordWorld’s inhabitants. Each element on its own plays its own part in making WordWorld: Birthday Party! enjoyable. All three elements taken into consideration together show it to be yet another enjoyable piece for audiences of all ages and one more welcome compilation for families regardless of how many or few of the series’ DVDs said families may or may not already own.

WordWorld: Birthday Party! is not the first collections of the series’ episodes released by PBS Kids and PBS Distribution. That aside, it is no less enjoyable for audiences either. This is regardless of whether or not said audiences already own any of the series’ previously released compilations, too. One reason that it is just as enjoyable as its predecessors is the work of the series’ writers. The writers continue the series’ long-running tradition of incorporating both basic word-building skills and important life lessons into each episode. The word-building skills are taught in much the same manner as in The Electric Company and even certain episodes of Sesame Street. The DVD’s opening episode “Happy Birthday Dog” teaches young viewers about some of the words associated with birthday parties including the all-important word “Cake.” At the same time, the writers include an important social lesson as both Pig and Dog are reminded about sharing the cake rather than hogging it (no pun intended) for themselves). “The Rainbow Birthday Cake” presents a subtle yet important lesson about recycling and caring for the Earth as Duck tries to get Frog’s cake to his birthday. And in the DVD’s closer “Bugs to the Rescue,” young viewers are taught a variety of words as the bugs try to save Dog. At the same time, those same viewers are also taught all too necessary problem solving skills along the way. Those looking mainly for those word-building skills will appreciate the lesson presented in “Bit By Bit.” It teaches viewers that big words aren’t so scary when learning them. It teaches young viewers that in order to handle big words, they need to just break them down and handle them “bit by bit.” And it uses the word “banana” as an example of how to do that. Simply put, it teaches young readers to work out big words by taking them one syllable at a time. It is another great tool to teach children whether they are already in school or getting ready to start for the first time. Together with the already noted other vocabulary lessons (and their companion life lessons), all of the lessons crafted by WordWorld’s writers show clearly once again why their work is central to the success and enjoyment of this latest collection of episodes.

The word-building lessons and the important everyday life lessons incorporated into each of this DVD’s episodes are central to its overall success and enjoyment. While they are the key point of focus, they compose only one part of the disc’s success. The collective run time and pacing of each episode is just as important to the whole as the lessons themselves. Each episode comes in at roughly twelve minutes. At five episodes, that comes to a total of one full hour of educational and entertaining content for young viewers. On the surface it might seem like that is pushing it a little with the viewers’ attention spans. But thankfully for the work of the writers, the pacing of each episode is just enough to keep said viewers’ attention from start to finish. Thanks to that expertly balanced pacing, not only do those roughly twelve minutes pass by with ease but young viewers will remain engaged right to each episode’s end. The resultant effect of that engagement is that those same viewers will be more apt to catch the concepts presented in each episode and more apt to retain said concepts, too. It is yet another way that WordWorld: Birthday Party! proves itself another enjoyable addition to any family’s home DVD library regardless of whether or not they already own any of the series’ previously released DVDs.

The lessons presented in each episode of WordWorld presented here are themselves key to the DVD’s success and enjoyment among audiences. In the same vein, the work of the writers to provide a solid pacing in each episode will keep the show’s target audiences engaged from start to end. In doing so, said viewers won’t even realize that a full twelve minutes have passed as they laugh and learn. All of this taken into consideration, WordWorld: Birthday Party presents audiences plenty of reason to pick up this DVD. If the already noted elements aren’t enough, then perhaps the proverbial icing on the cake (bad pun fully intended) that is the disc’s bonus material will be enough. The material included on the disc as bonus material includes four printable activity pages and six printable coloring pages. The activity pages act as extensions to the presented episodes as each one teaches word-building skills in its own way. There is a connect-the-dots activity that spells out one of Dog’s favorite treats. There is also a word search that encourages young readers to finish building the words presented on the sheet. And there is even a word search and riddle game that each teach word-building skills in their own way. The printable coloring pages each feature one of the inhabitants of WordWorld. To an extent, young viewers could even use the printable activity pages as coloring pages at the same time since they are presented largely in black and white save for the word-building riddle game. Again here is one more way in which WordWorld: Birthday Party! proves itself to be yet another enjoyable collection of episodes from the family favorite PBS Kids series. By itself it offers its own share of enjoyment. When partnered with the episodes’ writing, their run times, and pacing, all three elements show clearly why every family will enjoy this latest collection of episodes just as much as any previously released WordWorld compilation disc.

WordWorld: Birthday Party! boasts plenty for audiences of all ages to enjoy. The series’ writers have crafted five more episodes that combine word-building skills with important life lessons to make each one educational and entertaining. The collective run time and pacing of each episode guarantees that viewers will remain engaged and will even potentially retain some of the presented lessons if not all of them. The bonus material included on the disc adds even more enjoyment as they allow young viewers to build their vocabulary skills while they’re not watching the DVD. They can also color their favorite WordWorld character(s). Each element on its own proves its value to the DVD in whole. Collectively, all three elements noted here make WordWorld: Birthday Party a clearly welcome addition to any family’s home DVD collection. WordWorld: Birthday Party! is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=57493336&cp=&kw=wordworld+birthday+party&origkw=WordWorld+Birthday+Party!&sr=1. More information on this DVD is available online along with all of the latest WordWorld news, games, and more at:

Website: http://www.wordworld.com

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

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PBS Kids’ New Wild Kratts DVD Is A Fin-Tastic Collection

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Courtyesy: PBS Kids/PBS Distribution/PBS

PBS Kids’ will release its latest collection of episodes from its hit kid-friendly wildlife series Wild Kratts next Tuesday, April 14th. The DVD, Shark-Tastic, is a nice addition to any family’s Wild Kratts DVD collection regardless of the number of DVDs that families may or may not already own. The DVD, the series’ eighth, features four episodes for the whole family. Two of those episodes—‘Speaking Dolphinese” and “Stuck on Sharks” are bonus episodes. But they have actually been previously released on two other Wild Kratts collections—Lost at Sea and Predator Power. That aside, all four episodes present a similar theme tying each episode together. Keeping that in mind, the episodes featured in this latest collection make for at least one reason that families will enjoy it. The run time of each episode adds to the DVD’s overall enjoyment. Each episode runs roughly twenty-five minutes. That is just long enough for the series’ intended audiences. What’s more, it is a standard held by the show since its inception two years ago. Last to note the makes Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic worth the watch is its bonus material. PBS Distribution has included again as bonus material an extensive aquarium guide and matching game that encourages audiences to match the given animals with their correct habitats. Both bonuses have been included in previous Wild Kratts DVDs. This is of course more the case for those that are just starting their Wild Kratts DVD collection. Keeping that in consideration along with the DVD’s episode selection and the episodes’ run times, Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic still proves to be an enjoyable watch for any family even if a family already owns any of the series’ other DVDs.

Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic is a fun watch for any family regardless of how many of the series’ previous DVDs a family may or may not already own. The central reason for this is the DVD’s episode selection. Included in this DVD are four episodes that take the brothers Kratt into the deep blue sea for four very different reasons. Two of the episodes in question—“Speaking Dolphinese” and “Stuck On Sharks”—have both already been included in previous Wild Kratts DVDs. On the surface this might not seem like much worth noting. But a deeper examination reveals much more. A deeper examination reveals that all four of the episodes featured here presents its own original story separate from any of the others. At the same time, all four episodes are tied together by one continuous theme of aquatic life. “Octopus Wildkratticus” (Season One) examines the adaptations of the octopus while the Kratt brothers try to reclaim their lost power suits. In “Tortuga Tune Up” (Season Two), Chris and Martin introduce the Hawksbill Sea Turtle and the Tiger Shark to audiences while they try to help Aviva develop the Tortuga’s ability to swim underwater. “Speaking Dolpinese” (Season One) sees Chris and Martin learning to speak the language of the dolphin when they encounter a pair of young dolphins that have been separated from its pod. And in “Stuck on Sharks” (Season Two), the Kratts present a lesson on one of the ocean’s deadliest yet most misunderstood predators, the Great White Shark. The stories themselves are well worth the watch if only for their educational and entertainment content. That all four also maintain a central theme will especially ensure audiences remain engaged through all four episodes. It’s just one way in which Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic proves itself worth the addition to any family’s library even if said families already own the DVDs on which “Speaking Dolphinese” and “Stuck On Sharks” were previously released.

The episodes that make up the body of Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic by themselves make for plenty of reason for audiences to check it out. Younger viewers will be able to catch the concepts delivered by the series’ writers just as easily as older adults. This applies both with the DVD’s primary pairing of episodes and its bonus episodes, too. What’s more, all four episodes stand as their own stories yet stay connected via one continuous theme of aquatic life. That all four episodes follow that one theme yet stand out as their own works will keep viewers engaged and in turn aid in helping viewers catch the concepts handled in each episode. The easily accessible writing displayed in each of the DVD’s episodes coupled with their solid continuity is important to the overall presentation of Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic. But without a proper run time, the writing and continuity of the episodes would be moot. Each of the DVD’s episodes comes in at roughly twenty-five minutes. Being that the concepts presented in the episodes are typically aimed at older children (typically third grade and up), twenty-five minutes is just long enough. Were the episodes any longer, the show’s heads would risk losing the attention of its viewers. So keeping this in mind, it shows even more why the episodes’ run times are so important to the presentation in whole.

The combination of the writing and the run times in all four episodes combined with the episodes’ sensible run times makes the argument in favor of this DVD even stronger than if one were to use only one element or another. Together, they assure that the show’s key audiences will remain engaged and entertained from beginning to end with each episode. This is of the utmost importance to the enjoyment of this latest Wild Kratts compilation. As enjoyable as the episodes prove to be, they are just part of the reason that audiences will enjoy this DVD. The material included as bonus features makes the DVD even more enjoyable. This is especially the case for those that perhaps don’t already own the show’s previously released DVDs. The reason for this is that the bonus material included on this disc is the same material included in those noted releases. The material in question includes a printable activity that lets younger fans to match animals to their proper habitat and an extensive aquarium guide that kids can use. Now that summer is just around the corner, both the activity sheet and the aquarium guide will serve as their own positives to help keep kids learning while they’re out of school. So to that extent, both extras definitely deserve to be called bonuses at least in this case. It’s one more way that Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic proves itself to be another welcome addition to any family’s Wild Kratts collection.

Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic presents plenty of reasons for the whole family to enjoy this latest collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit wildlife series. All four episodes featured in this collection follow the same aquatic theme. Two of the episodes are even pulled from previous Wild Kratts DVDs to complete the episode list. The run time of each episode comes in just under the half hour mark. That in itself is a long-held tradition by the people behind Wild Kratts. And coupled with the easily accessible marine biology lessons presented in each episode, the DVD becomes all the more entertaining for audiences of all ages. The addition of the DVD’s bonus material makes the overall presentation all the more enjoyable and successful especially with summer right around the corner. All three elements taken into consideration, Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic proves exactly why it is yet another welcome release from what is one of PBS Kids’ best series. Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic will be available next Tuesday, April 14th. It can be ordered online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=58235516&cp=&kw=wild+kratts+shark-tastic&origkw=Wild+Kratts+Shark-Tastic&sr=1. More information on Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic is available online along with all of the latest Wild Kratts news and games online at:

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PBS Kids’ New Dinosaur Train Is A Fun-Filled “Ride” For The Whole Family

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Distribution just announced Wednesday that it will release another brand new collection of episodes from the hit PBS Kids series Dinosaur Train later this month in the form of Dinosaur Train: Explore Outdoors.  Its release on April 21st will come almost two months after the release of the series’ most recent DVD Dinosaur Train: I Love TrainsDinosaur Train: I Love Trains is in its own right another enjoyable addition to the series’ already long list of previously released DVDs and just as welcome in any family’s home DVD library.  The main reason for this is, as with any TV show or movie, its writing.  The series’ writers have crafted eight more stories that not only educate young viewers about more dinosaurs but also about some important life lessons, too.  The run time of each episode remains the same as with the episodes included in the series’ previous DVD releases.  Considering that the combination of those run times and the equally well-written episodes prove clearly why Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

The latest addition to PBS Kids’ already long list of Dinosaur Train DVDs, Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains, is one more welcome addition to any family’s home library.  This is regardless of how often one family or another gets to see Dinosaur Train.  The central reason for its enjoyment is the strong writing exhibited in each previously released compilation from the hit series.  This is exhibited in all eight episodes that make up the DVD’s body beginning with “Junior Conductor Jamboree.”  Usually the Pteranodon kids goes to one specific time period or another and learn about one kind of dinosaur or another.  In the case of this episode, the kids ride the train from one end to the other, picking up friends along the way for one big prehistoric celebration.  The kids learn about conducting the dinosaur train and about the different time periods along the way.  This includes learning about a variety of dinosaurs that lived in each time period instead of just one.  On the surface one might think that this means presenting a rather broad swath of information for young viewers that they might not fully catch.  But credit where credit is due.  The writers actually handled this issue quite well by offering just enough information to be considered a small introduction to the given dinosaurs and their time zones.  Their handling of the information in question will in turn lead young viewers to want to learn even more about everything discussed.  The show’s writers really should be applauded for that effect.  It is their painstaking efforts to balance everything that will lead to that love of knowledge among its younger viewers (and maybe even some older viewers, too).

On another note, “Rocket Train” is another important example of why the work of the show’s writers remains so important in this compilation of episodes.  “Rocket Train” is an especially important episode for younger viewers because of the important life lesson that it presents.  The lesson that it presents is that just because something is new, shiny, and “high performance” does not necessarily mean that it is better than what’s already out there (I.E. something older).  We live today in an age when young people (children, teens, and even adults) want the next cool, shiny, “high performance” gadgets.  The thing is that just like the Rocket Train, the next new cool gadget is anything but perfect.  Smart Phones may seem cool.  But it has been pointed out that they have their own security flaws versus the simplicity and security of say a flip phone.  In the same vein, the Rocket Train ended up needing help by the older but more reliable Dinosaur Train.  Again, the connection is clear.  It is an episode that every family should see.  With any luck, maybe older audiences and younger alike will catch that lesson and take it to heart.  It would prove the writers’ efforts weren’t in vain.  Regardless it proves once again why the writing is so important to the whole of this DVD’s episode.

One more example of the importance of the writing in these episodes lies in “Troodon Train.”  This episode is a little more basic than the others that have been noted already.  It serves more as a review of sorts per se as it re-introduces the Elvis’ prehistoric dino counterpart in the form of King Cryolophosaurus.  The *ahem* king is re-introduced in this episode as the Pteranodon Family takes a trip to Troodon Town to celebrate Troodon Train Day.  The festivities are capped off by a performance by The King himself.  King Cryolophosaurus was already introduced in previous Dinosaur Train DVDs.  So having him play a part in this episode is really a way to get him fresh in young audiences’ minds.  That the writers would maintain King Cryolophosaurus as an ongoing character and include him yet again so as to basically review in a manner of speaking  is pretty smart to say the least.  So credit goes out to not only Dinosaur Train’s writers but also to those charged with assembling the episodes included in this set for including this episode if only for that purpose.

All three episodes noted here are each prime examples in their own right as to why the writing in each episode makes this compilation so enjoyable.  Of course there are five other episodes that present their own value to audiences.  Regardless of which episode(s) audiences find as their favorite(s), every viewer will agree that all eight episodes together clearly show why the writing behind these episodes makes them so enjoyable and in turn Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains in whole so enjoyable, too.  Now having noted this, the writing is not all that is worth noting in the enjoyment of Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains.  The run time of each episode is just as important to the whole.  Just as with the episodes included in the series’ previous DVD releases, the episodes presented here run no more than roughly than about eight to ten minutes each.  Considering the series’ key audience, this is just long enough to keep younger viewers’ attention from beginning to end of each episode.  And because the topics and subjects handled in each episode are done so in a relatively simplistic manner, it guarantees even more that said audiences will not only enjoy each episode and remain fully engaged, but that those viewers might even actually retain at least some of the information shared in each episode, too.  So to that extent, the run time of each of the DVD’s episodes does in fact prove once again to be just as important as any other element that makes the show so enjoyable for audiences of all ages.

The work of the writers behind Dinosaur Train goes hand in hand with the run time of each episode included in this DVD in examining what makes it another enjoyable presentation. The relatively short run time of each episode will keep young viewers’ attention just long enough for them go grasp the equally simplistic delivery of the topics covered in each episode. While both elements are of equal importance to the whole of Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains, there is still one element remaining that should be noted in regards to the DVD’s overall enjoyment. The element in question is the material included with the DVD as bonus material. For the most part, the bonus material is a handful of printable coloring pages. That includes even the printable activities. The activities in question are the starting point for activities that could be done away from the TV. And at the same time, they also double as coloring pages for some younger audiences, too. The real gem of this DVD’s bonus material is its interactive CD-Rom game that allows users to play as one or two of the Pteranodon kids, paddling down a river and collecting bugs. Children can compete to see who can catch the most bugs first as they make their way down the river. It teaches both counting skills and entertains at the same time. So even in this case, the bonus material definitely lives up to its name. And together with the work of the writers, and the overall run time of each episode, all three elements come together to prove exactly why Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains is another wonderful “ride” for any young paleontologist in training and for any family in general.

Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains is available now on DVD in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=49575196&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaur+train&origkw=Dinosaur+Train&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Dinosaur Train DVDs and episodes is available online along with Dinosaur Train games and activities at:

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