The latest addition to the long line of DVDs released from PBS Kids’ hit science show, Dinosaur Train is another great group of outings from the Pteradon family. It’s just as fun for teachers, parents and children alike to watch. Nature Trackers offers audiences eight more adventures from Tiny, Shiny, Don, and everyone else at Pteranodon Terrace as they ride the Dinosaur Train through different times and learn about even more kinds of dinosaurs. That’s not all the kids learn in the episodes culled for this compilation. This time out, the kids learn a little bit about astronomy, life cycles of plants, and even about gardening. Along the way, they also learn valuable life lessons such as compromise and teamwork. And for those teachers, parents and kids worried about keeping up with the dinosaurs that are introduced, worry not. Dr. Scott’s segments are included, too. They are included along with printable coloring pages and a DVD rom game. All Of these extras are great bonuses. They work with the hefty load of episodes contained on the single disc to make this new release another enjoyable addition to any Dinosaur Train fan’s DVD collection.
Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers is much like previous compilations from this hit PBS Kids show. Audiences get to learn all about even more different dinosaurs in each episode. They also learn which creatures aren’t dinosaurs. They learn specifically the differences between dinosaurs and other creatures of the different time periods. That’s not all that viewers get from this collection. Unlike previous Dinosaur Train collections, viewers learn extra lessons in this set. Among those extra lessons are those of astronomy, biology, and even a small lesson on botany in “Tiny Loves Flowers.” Perhaps the most important lesson of all that’s taught in this compilation is of compromise and teamwork. That lesson is taught in the compilation’s title episode. The lessons included throughout this set are wonderful additions to the overall theme of learning about dinosaurs. This is a tribute to the show’s writers.
The individuals responsible for writing each episode’s script throughout the show’s run have done an impressive job of crafting each story. This compilation is proof positive of that. They have been able to craft a handful of shorts that expertly weave multiple storylines together without allowing one to take precedence over another. The stories’ secondary plotlines are just subtle enough to work in partner with the primary storylines rather than overpower them. Again, this shows the level of professionalism from the show’s writers. And in turn, it shows exactly why the show has remained such a huge hit among viewers of all ages.
The lessons and the writing in the episodes culled for this latest compilation do so much to make it enjoyable for viewers of all ages. The bonus features do even more. Among the most important of the bonus features included on this disc are the side segments with Dr. Scott the Paleontologist. Each segment that would normally be included with the episodes on television are included on the side here. This is a smart way of doing things on the DVD. That’s because it helps viewers to better keep track of the dinosaurs featured in each episode. It makes for a wonderful starting point for any young viewer interested in dinosaurs. It’s just as impressive for adults, as most grown-ups will find that they know about as much as their children and students about the different species of dinosaurs that once populated the Earth. Along with the bonus dinosaur measuring game and coloring pages, it helps to make the compilation a complete experience for viewers of all ages. It will be available Tuesday, July 16th and can be ordered online direct from the PBS online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=20571606&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaur+train+nature+trackers&origkw=Dinosaur+Train+Nature+Trackers&parentPage=search. And for all of the latest news on Dinosaur Train, parents, teachers, and children can go online to http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain and “Like” it. Parents, teachers, and students can also stay up with the latest on Dinosaur Train on its official website, http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain.
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