PBS Distribution To Release ‘Nazi Mega Weapons: Season 3’ On DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution has announced the home release date for the third season of its WWII-based series Nazi Mega Weapons.

Nazi Mega Weapons will be released on DVD Tuesday, September 13th. The latest installment of episodes from the series, Season Three focuses on the Blitzkrieg, Hitler’s mountain powerhouse topped with what has come to be known as The Eagle’s Nest, U-Boat Type 21 and the Nazi fortifications of the Channel Islands.  That is all just in the season’s first disc.

The set’s second disc expands beyond Hitler’s mega weapons and into the weapons used by the Japanese military including the battleship Yamato and the Tunnels of Okinawa.

Nazi Mega Weapons: Season Three runs 360 minutes (6 hours) and is spread across two discs.  It will retail for MSRP of $34.99 and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

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‘SOTD: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings’ Is Another Enjoyable Discovery From PBS

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The ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan has for centuries been a source of mystery and intrigue for people around the world.  That is because of how little has been known about the city including how it came to be built, its people and their culture and even what happened to the people who once called it home.  That was until 2003 when a rainstorm revealed a long-hidden tunnel that some surprising finds.  Late last month PBS presented a new episode of its hit history based series Secrets of the Dead that was centered on that find in Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings.  Now audiences can own that episode for themselves on DVD.  There is a lot to appreciate about this DVD beginning with the story at the episode’s center.  The information that is provided within the story is just as important to note as the story.  It is just another of the program’s most important elements.  The footage that is used in order to tell the story rounds out its most important elements.  It brings the program’s presentation full circle and shows together with those previously noted elements why this episode of Secrets of the Dead is yet another enjoyable experience for educators and history buffs alike.

Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings is yet another enjoyable installment of PBS’ hit history-based series Secrets of the Dead. This is proven in part through the story presented at the heart of the episode.  The story at the heart of the episode follows archaeologist Sergio Gomez as he searches long-hidden tunnel that lies below the Temple of the Plumed Serpent.  The tunnel was discovered after heavy rains uncovered it in 2003.  As Gomez and his team of researchers dig through the site, surprising theories and revelations are made about not just the tunnel and the temple under which it runs but also about the city and its history.  The theories and revelations come from evidence uncovered in the operation including what looks like a hand print that had long been preserved and stones found at the heart of the tunnel among other items.  Throughout it all the ancient city and its central temple are put in a whole new light thanks to the story.  It is thanks to all of this that the episode’s central story will keep audiences of all ages engaged and informed from beginning to end.  Of course even as informative and engaging as the story proves to be in the long run, it is just one part of what makes this episode of Secrets of the Dead so enjoyable.  The information that is shared throughout the course of the episode is just as important to its presentation as its story.

There is no question that the story at the center of Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings is an important part of the episode’s presentation in its new home release.  The episode’s central story is just one part of what makes this episode so enjoyable.  The information that is included in the story is just as important to its presentation as its story.  The most important information presented in the episode is the factual historical information.  That information includes not just the city’s (and temple’s) known history but also the theories and revelations made through the group’s work.  Among that material is the belief that the ancient city was built by people who came from its surrounding areas.  It is theorized that the very first people to settle the city did so after fleeing their own former homes, which were destroyed by a volcano.  As the city grew and thrived, it is said that it grew outward, with its growth even being compared to that of Rome. That comparison comes from the belief that the city’s people spread out into its surrounding regions and conquered those regions, thus expanding its empire.  Perhaps most intriguing of the provided information is the belief of how the city met its end so to speak.  It is speculated by researchers that a natural disaster dramatically impacted the area and that the city was unable to fully recover from that disaster, thus leading its inhabitants to simply leave the city and search for a safer area.   This is so interesting to learn because of the belief that the city’s original inhabitants had themselves ironically fled another natural disaster before founding Teotihuacan.  These are just some of the interesting pieces of information that are shared over the course of the program.  There is much for audiences to take in over the course of its roughly hour-long run time.  They will discover it all when they order the DVD themselves via PBS’ online store.

Both the story at the center of Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings and its information are key elements in the program’s presentation.  The pair works hand in hand to make this episode of Secrets of the Dead well worth the watch both by educators and history buffs alike.  They are not the program’s only key elements.  The footage that is used to help tell the city’s story rounds out the episode’s most important elements.  It brings the presentation full circle. The footage that is used throughout the episode includes both actual footage of the dig and computer animations to help tell the episode’s story.  There are even some re-enactments that are incorporated into the story alongside the dig footage and computer animations.  Audiences will be glad to see that throughout the course of the movie all of these elements are expertly balanced.  No one piece of footage is ever used more than another at any one point in the story.  Each piece of footage is used at just the right moment and in just the right way.  The end result is a story that is just as visually entertaining as it is educational and informative.  When that balanced footage is set against the episode’s central story and the information provided through the story, all three elements work together to make the episode in whole, again, well worth the watch among educators and history buffs alike.  They combine to make Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings one more of 2016’s top new documentaries.

Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings is yet another impressive episode of PBS’ hit history-based series Secrets of the Dead.  It is also one more of 2016’s top new documentaries.  That is proven in part through the story at the heart of the episode.  The story focuses not just on the legendary city’s history but also uses actual evidence to make educational theories about the city’s foundation and the fate of its people.  It doesn’t even try to tackle the countless conspiracy theories that abound in regards to both topics.  Audiences will be especially appreciative of that.  Speaking of those conspiracy theories (and the lack thereof), the information that is provided throughout the course of the story adds to the episode’s interest.  The information presented includes factual information, educated hypotheses, and revelations made via physical evidence.  There are no conspiracy theories to be heard at any point.  That makes the program all the more engaging.  The footage that is used throughout the program is just as well-balanced as the episode’s information and story in general.  All three elements work together seamlessly to make this episode of Secrets of the Dead wholly engaging and entertaining for educators and history buffs alike.  It is available online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of Secrets of the Dead is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘ATK: Season 16’ Is Yet Another Enjoyable Run From One Of TV’s Top Cooking Shows

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Late last year Chris Kimball, host of PBS’ hit cooking show America’s Test Kitchen bid adieu to the show that he had helmed for so many years.  Though, it was announced not long after that he would continue to host the show on the radio.  Adding to that announcement, it was also recently revealed that he has his own new program titled Milk Street Kitchen that will premiere this fall on PBS stations nationwide.  While fans wait for his return to television they can enjoy his final season on America’s Test Kitchen in the form of the recently released America’s Test Kitchen: Season 16.  This latest installment of the standout series offers just as much to appreciate as was presented in the home releases of its previous seasons if not more beginning with its dishes.  That will be discussed shortly.  The extra segments included in the season are just as important to note of the set’s presentation as the meals that are made in each episode.  The bonus printable recipes round out the season’s most important elements and bring everything full circle in this season.  Each element is important in its own right.  Collectively, they make this season of America’s Test Kitchen yet another enjoyable run for the show and a fond farewell for Kimball from a show that he helped build.

America’s Test Kitchen: Season 16 is yet another enjoyable run for a show that is one of television’s elite cooking programs.  It is also a fond farewell for long-time host Chris Kimball.  That is due in part to the dishes that are presented throughout the course of the program’s twenty-six episodes.  There are dishes for singles, couples, and families alike.  Regardless of where one falls into one of those categories, the dishes presented throughout this season can be made on a weeknight or a weekend.  There are even meals made just for vegetarians including black bean burgers ad super greens soup with Lemon –tarragon cream.  The weekend dishes include the likes of Ultimate charcoal-grilled steaks, sweet and tangy grilled country-style pork ribs, and roast rack of lamb.  The easy, weeknight meals featured in this season include Sausage meatballs and spaghetti, tagliatelle with prosciutto and peas, and Japanese-style stir-fried noodles with beef among many others.  There are even some really tasty desserts that could be made just as easily on a weeknight included in this season.  The dishes are accompanied by Kimball’s familiar “cooking chemistry” lessons are there to help audiences understand the importance of what goes into making each dish.  He explains once again the importance of each element and even the history of the meals and cooking methods.  It gives each episode a richer presentation.  Between the variety of meals and the educational material presented within each episode, the whole of the episodes becomes clearly key to the season’s presentation.  That whole is just one of the key elements to consider in this season’s presentation.  The companion segments that are featured throughout are just as pivotal to the season’s presentation as its episodes and their overall content.

The meals and material presented throughout each of Season 16’s episodes are important in their own right to the season’s new home presentation.  Even as important as they are to the season’s presentation they are not its only collectively key portions of its presentation.  The companion segments that once again come with the show are just as important to note as the meals and their educational information.  The familiar taste test segments are there as are the kitchen equipment segments.  But this season has seen an expansion of those segments.  There is now a second equipment feature this season as well as a “Letters to the Editor” segment, too.  One can only guess why the shows heads decided to expand the presence of its companion segments in this season.  That is beside the point.  The “Letters to the Editor” adds its own interest with its viewer questions.  One viewer question asks whether a person should wait for a pot of coffee to finish brewing before pouring that first cup.  Kimball’s response is a frank “yes.”  He notes that the first cup of coffee that is poured from a fully brewed pot of coffee is eight times stronger than any other cup that is poured after.  So that should give plenty of motivation (especially in a family) to be the one to get that first cup of joe.  There are lots of other interesting letters presented in this new feature.  Audiences will find their favorites for themselves when they purchase this season for themselves.  The same applies to the extra gadget segments and the familiar taste testing segments, too.  All in all, the companion segments that are featured in this season of ATK are just as important to its presentation as the meals and their educational information.  When all of that is set side by side the bigger picture painted of Season 16 is one that shows just why Season 16 is yet another enjoyable run from one of television’s top cooking shows.

The meals that are presented throughout the 16th season of ATK and their educational material, and the episodes’ companion segments are each important in their own way to the whole of its home release.  Altogether they make Season 16 yet another enjoyable run from one of TV’s top cooking shows.  They also make this season a fond farewell for host Chris Kimball.  They are not the set’s only important elements.  The bonus printable recipes that come with the season round out the season’s presentation, bringing the whole thing full circle.  Just as with the series’ previous seasons this season also comes complete with printable recipes for each and every meal featured in this season.  So those viewers who might be making their own personal cookbooks (whether from this series’ recipes, other recipes, or even a combination of sources) have plenty more options here from which to choose and develop those cookbooks even more.  They are presented in easy to access .pdf files.  There’s no having to download some app or anything else.  Viewers just put the discs in their computers’ DVD drives (for those who still have computers with said drives) and they can instantly access those recipes.  It is that easy.  The recipes join with the season’s meals and information, and the episodes’ companion segments to complete the set’s viewing experience.  That overall enjoyable viewing experience reveals the season’s home presentation to, once again, be yet another enjoyable run from a show that is one of television’s top cooking shows.

The 16th season of PBS’ America’s Test Kitchen is one more enjoyable run from a series that is one of television’s top cooking shows.  That is evident in large part through the meals that make up the main body of the season’s twenty-six episodes.  The dishes are delectable and fitting for any night of the week.  They are also fitting for singles, couples, and even families.  The familiar educational information provided in each episode makes the episodes all the more enjoyable.  The companion segments that come with each episode are just as familiar as that noted educational material.  What’s important to note of those segments is that there are even more of them this season than in previous seasons.  So audiences get even more extra information this season than ever before.  The bonus printable recipes featured in this season round out its presentation and bring that presentation full circle.  They allow cooks at home to build their own personal cookbooks even more and try their hand at the featured meals at their own leisure.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of America’s Test Kitchen in its 16th season.  All things considered they make America’s Test Kitchen: Season 16 yet another enjoyable run from one of television’s top cooking shows and an equally fond farewell for host Chris Kimball.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on Season 16 is available online along with all of the series’ latest news at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘Peg + Cat’ DVD Is In Fact Another “Out Of This World” Collection

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School is currently out for most students across the country.  But even with children being out on vacation, it is never too soon to instill a little education with their summer fun.  That’s where PBS Kids comes into play.  PBS Kids has already released a handful of family friendly DVDs that will both entertain and educate audiences of all ages this summer.  Earlier this month it released yet another new family friendly offering in the form of Peg + Cat’s new DVD Out Of This World.  This latest offering from the award-winning series is much smaller than its predecessors.  But it still offers plenty to be appreciated beginning with its featured stories.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are contained therein are just as important to note in the collection’s bigger picture as the stories in which the lessons are presented.  The bonus material that is included in the set rounds out the collection’s most important elements.  It brings everything full circle here and shows together with the featured stories and lessons why the DVD is, in whole yet a rather aptly titled collection.

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World is an aptly titled new collection from the award-winning PBS Kids series.  That is because it proves in whole that it is in fact an out of this world set, even as small as it may be.  This is proven in part through the stories that make up the main body of the disc.  Unlike previous Peg + Cat DVD collections, this one is much smaller than its predecessors in regards to its stories.  It features only for stories, whereas the majority of its predecessors feature twice that number.  Not every collection does.  But the majority of those collections do double up on that story count.  Even featuring only four episodes it still doesn’t detract from the collection.  That is because the stories are original and also interconnected.  Each story sees Peg and her furry, blue friend visiting their alien pal Richard, who lives on the purple planet for different reasons.  “The Doohickey Problem” sees Peg and Cat having to fix their rocket ship because it has broken.  And it is up to Richard to help them.  The duo visits him yet again in “The Long Line Problem” as he waits to get the latest new yellow gadget.  This is an especially funny episode for parents because it is obvious that the writers were poking fun at Apple and the people who wait so rabidly for the latest new Apple gadget even if they don’t know entirely what it does.  In “Richard The Third” Peg and Cat have to help motivate Richard as he competes with his siblings (who just happen to also be named Richard).  The story plays on the practice of people being called “the first,” the second,” and so on.  The set’s final episode “The T-Ball Problem” joins Richard with Peg and Cats T-Ball team in order to take on another team for the purple planet’s “world series.”  It’s a fitting way to not only entertain and educate young audiences (and even some older audiences thanks to its lesson) but also build hype over MLB’s road to the “second season” now that said annual road is being paved once again.  All four stories have their own identity separate from the others.  But they are all connected by one underlying thread—that of Peg and Cat’s visits with Richard.  The fact that the people at PBS Kids and PBS Distribution were able to connect all four episodes together all while maintaining the episodes’ identities is impressive in its own right.  It shows again that while the set boasts only four stories, they are still four stories that will keep audiences of all ages entertained and educated from beginning to end.  The stories are collectively just part of what makes this latest collection of Peg + Cat episodes so enjoyable.  The lessons that are tied into the stories are just as important to note as the stories that are featured within each episode.

The stories that make up the main body of Peg + Cat: Out Of This World are in their own right hugely important to the DVD’s overall presentation.  That is because each story has its own identity yet is connected to the others by the central thread of Peg and Cat visiting Richard in each story.  The balance presented therein makes the stories their own clearly important part to the disc’s presentation.  The lessons that are tied into each story are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the stories themselves.  The lessons presented here are not just the standard math lessons either.  The value of teamwork is taught alongside elementary level counting skills in “The Doohickkey Problem.”  “Richard The Third” presents an equally lesson about self-confidence and sense of self alongside its own elementary counting lesson.  “The Long Line Problem” and “The T-Ball Problem” are the only stories presented here that focus primarily on math.  The prior teaches a basic lesson about ordinal numbers while the latter presets a basic lesson about statistics.  Whether for the math lessons, the more personal lessons, or for both, it can be said that the lessons in whole add their own element to the collection.  It clearly shows that continued effort by The Fred Rogers Company to instill that sense of self among audiences (and do so in a way that doesn’t exactly mirror the lessons from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) all while also teaching valuable lessons, proving the importance of math in everyday life on a level that makes that importance accessible by younger audiences.  There is no denying the impact that this balance of education (both socially and in terms of math) plays in the bigger picture of this collection.  Together with the set’s featured episodes the two elements strengthen the DVD’s presentation even more.  They still are not its only important elements.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to note as the set’s featured stories and their related lessons.

The stories that make up the main body of PBS Kids’ new Peg + Cat collection are undeniably important to the collection’s presentation.  The social and mathematical lessons that are tied into the episodes are just as important to its collection as the stories themselves.  They are not the collection’s only important elements, though.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to the collection’s presentation as its stories and lessons.  That is because the bonus material is made up of lessons that drive home the concepts presented within each of the stories and lessons.  They encourage parents and teachers to work with children in order to drive home those lessons, too.  “Monster Math” is one of those bonuses.  It drives home the basic counting lesson presented in “The Doohickey Problem” and “Richard The Third” by having an adult work with a child to build a “monster”–much like the one on the purple planet, who loves all things yellow—out of an empty tissue box and construction paper.  The adult then cuts up the construction paper even more, putting numbers on each piece before giving those pieces to the child.  From there, the adult calls out the numbers for the child to find and then feed to the monster.

“Triple Addition” is another of the set’s bonus features.  It, too echoes the basic counting lesson presented in “The Doohickey Problem.”  It does so by having children and parents find household items in order to make their own patterns.  The suggested items include candy (to make the lesson educational and tasty), pasta (in its various forms), and different colored and shaped blocks just to name a few.  Parents and children can use those suggestions or find their own items.  Over time parents and children can build pattern recognition skills using any number and type of items.

“Marble Mayhem” is the last of the bonuses included in the set.  This bonus lesson uses dice, marbles, (or whatever item parents and children choose) and a cup.  It is a multi-player game that teaches counting skills by having children roll the dice and put the matching number of marbles into their respective cups.  The first child to fill his or her cup wins the game.  As is noted in the activity, younger children can use just one die while older children can use a pair of dice.  It is a simple game that is sure to entertain and educate any child.  That is not to discount “Triple Addition” or “Monster Math” either.  All three bonus activities offers its own education and entertainment for the whole family.   Those bonus activities couple with the set’s stories and their associated lessons to make this collection in whole yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  They come together to make it a collection that truly is “out of this world” whether used in the classroom or the living room.

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World is yet another impressive collection from the award-winning PBS Kids series.  It is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library that is in fact rather aptly titled.  That is due in part to the interconnected stories which make up the body of the DVD’s presentation.  The lessons that are tied into each story are just as important to note as the stories themselves in noting what makes the DVD so impressive.  The bonus activities that are included with the collection round out its most important elements and bring everything full circle.  They join with the set’s stories and their associated lessons to ensure children’s (and even adults’) entertainment and education from beginning to end, proving again why this set is so “out of this world.”  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots more Peg + Cat activities, games, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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Dinosaur Train Is Running Full Steam Ahead In Its New DVD

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS Kids/PBS

The Dinosaur Train is back on the tracks again and steaming along on more prehistoric adventures in yet another new collection of episodes from the hit PBS Kids series.  The new collection, Under The Volcano was released in stores and online earlier this month by PBS Distribution.  It is yet another fun collection of episodes for the whole family, too.  That is due in part to the stories presented in each of the collection’s featured episodes.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are presented within each of the featured episodes are just as important to note in the set’s presentation.  They will be discussed later.  The bonus material that is included with the DVD is just as important to note in its own right as the stories and lessons presented herein.  Each element plays its own important part in the DVD’s presentation.  Altogether they reveal the collection to be yet another enjoyable, entertaining, and educational ride for the whole family.

PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD Under The Volcano is another enjoyable, entertaining, and educational ride for the whole family.  That is due in part to the stories that are presented within each of the collection’s featured episodes.  The stories in question take the Pteranodon family throughout the pre-historic world for all sorts of fun adventures.  And they bring families along for the ride, too.  The set’s lead episode takes the Pteranodon family to a volcano that is getting ready to erupt while another—“The Big Mud Pit”—puts Mr. Pteranodon and one of his friends in a little bit of a precarious but hilarious situation.  The pair get stuck in the mud pit in question as they are trying to take a dip and cool off.  Little do they know that it would lead to them getting stuck and having to be pulled out.  “Nature Art” is another good example of what makes the sets featured stories so important to the disc’s presentation.  This episode sees the Pteranodon kids taking some old material from the family’s nest and turning it into beautiful art for all to see.  It’s a simple story.  But it works.  It also ties in to the next important part of the disc’s presentation, its lessons.

The stories that are presented within each of this collection’s episodes are unquestionably important to the DVD’s presentation.  That is because of the variance in the stories from one episode to the next.  They are collectively just one important part of the set’s presentation, though.  The lessons that are presented alongside those stories are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the stories alone.  Audiences that pay close attention will notice that there is a distinct difference in the lessons presented here from those presented in many of the series’ previous DVDs.  Simply put, the lessons are more well-balanced here than in those previous collections.  Instead of just focusing on different dinosaurs in every episode, the lessons focus on a number of topics.  “Under The Volcano,” “Old Reliable,” “The Forest Fire,” and “Sunrise, Sunset” teach important lessons centered on nature and science.  From one to the next, the angle that is used and the lessons themselves vary quite noticeably.  “Nature Art” changes things up as it presents its own original, two-part lesson about recycling and art.  “Derek The Deinonychus” and “Triceratops For Lunch” are the only episodes featured in this set that focus specifically on different dinosaur species.  Even “The Big Mud Pit” teaches its own lesson as it can be argued that it focuses on the importance of teamwork since everyone had to work together to get Mr. Pteranodon and his friend out of the mud pit.  Here again is proof of the variety of lessons presented across Dinosaur Train’s new DVD.  They are just as varied as the stories at the center of each episode.  Considering all of this the stories and lessons alone show clearly why this latest DVD is such a fun ride for the whole family.  They are not the only elements that make it such an enjoyable ride, either.  The bonus material that is included in the DVD is just as important to note as its featured stories and lessons.

The stories and lessons that are presented throughout PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD in themselves make this latest collection from the family friendly show another fun ride for the whole family.  They are not the only important elements to note in considering this.  The bonus material that is included in the DVD is just as important to note as its featured stories and lessons.  The bonus material in question is made up of activities presented inside the DVD’s case.  The activities are completely different from those presented in the series’ previous DVDs and serve to drive home the lessons presented within the episodes, too.  The lead activity, “Make A Volcano” is the most fun for the family.  That is because it allows families to do exactly what its title says.  It directs families how to make their very own erupting volcanoes using everyday household items.  Who hasn’t done this exact activity at one time or another and still love doing so to this day?  Exactly.  “Cretaceous Cookies” is another fun (and tasty) activity that will put the whole family together in the kitchen.  It encourages families to make sugar cookies in the shape of their favorite dinosaurs’ footsteps.  All families need is plastic or rubber dinosaur toys.  Not only does this teach about tracking and identifying different species of dinosaurs, but it can lead to lessons about tracking other animals’ footsteps, too.  Of course it is also, again, a tasty lesson of its own.  “Nature Walk Art” is tied directly into the episode “Nature Art.”  It leads families to go on a nature walk together and gather items that they find along the way.  Those items can include pine cones, sticks, leaves, flowers, and anything else that families choose.  Families can then take those items home and use craft glue to attach the items to sheets of construction paper to make their own nature art.  This not only drives home the lesson presented in “Nature Art” but also can easily lead to simple lessons about nature, ecosystems, and more.  Between this activity and the other two included in this collection it is clear why the bonus material included in the collection is just as important to its presentation as the collection’s stories and lessons.  All things considered Dinosaur Train: Under The Volcano proves to be yet another enjoyable, educational, and entertaining ride for the whole family.

PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD Under The Volcano is yet another enjoyable, educational, and entertaining ride for the whole family.  As has already been noted, that is due in part to the varied stories presented within each of the collection’s episodes.  The lessons that are presented alongside those stories are just as important to note as the set’s featured stories.  The bonus material that comes with the collection is important to the set’s presentation in its own right.  All three elements each present their own importance to this DVD’s presentation.  Altogether they make this collection, again, another enjoyable, educational, and entertaining rode for the whole family.  It is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct online via PBS’ store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots of Dinosaur Train games, activities, news, and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘WordWorld’ DVD Is A Great Set Any Time Of Year

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

School is officially out for summer.  Even with families taking their vacations, children’s education should not take a vacation, too.  Enter PBS Kids and its vast array of DVDs being released throughout the summer.  One of those DVDs, WordWorld: It’s Time For School, is one of those new DVDs.  The fittingly titled compilation will be released Tuesday, July 26th, just in time to start getting kids young viewers a head start on the new school year.  The DVD features eight more episodes from the family friendly vocabulary-building series.  The episodes are in themselves a key element to this compilation.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are presented within each of the episodes are just as important in their own right to the collection.  That will be discussed later.  The bonus material included with the collection rounds out the collections most important elements.  It is the set’s finishing touch.  Together with the collection’s featured episodes and the lessons contained therein the whole of the collection proves to be yet another collection that will be welcome in any family’s home.

WordWorld: It’s Time For School is yet another collection of WordWorld episodes that will be welcome in any family’s home.  That is due in part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection.  The collection is made up of eight from episodes from the series.  Audiences will note that the episodes are lifted from all three of the series’ seasons.  What’s more at least a pair of the featured episodes—“The Best Nest” and “Tick Tock Space Clock”—has in fact been previously released in another WordWorld DVD released a few years ago by NCircle Entertainment.  The others may or may not have been previously released when NCircle had distribution rights for the series.  Regardless the very fact that once again PBS Kids has included eight episodes (versus four put into each collection from NCircle) is in itself impressive.  What’s more not everybody out there has all of the WordWorld DVDs previously released by Ncircle Entertainment.  To that end, the episodes may in fact be new to many audiences.  Keeping that in mind the episodes presented in this collection show in their own way to be a collectively important part of the collection.  They are not the collection’s only important element.  The lessons that are incorporated into the episodes are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that make up the body of PBS Kids’ new WordWorld DVD are in themselves a collectively important part of the collection’s presentation.  Previously released or not, the episodes are important because not every viewer has seen these episodes before.  Keeping that in mind, they remain a collectively important part of the DVDs overall presentation.  They are not the set’s only key element.  The lessons that are incorporated into the episodes are just as important to the DVD’s presentation as its episodes.  That is because the episodes feature more than just the standard vocabulary building lessons.  The DVD’s lead episode “Sharks First Day Of School” is one of the episodes that presents multiple lessons within its own body.  On the surface, the standard vocabulary building lessons are there.  Along with those lessons is the lesson about overcoming that all too common fear of the first day.  Not every child goes through this situation even on the first day of school.  But more do than don’t.  The writers address the situation by having Duck, Cat, and the others at school show Shark that school is a good place to be.  They are completely supportive of Shark along the way, showing him all the good things that school has to offer.  For those parents that are getting ready to send their children off to kindergarten, this is a great way to help their children overcome those potential first day jitters.  On another level, an episode such as “Welcome Home, Duck” teaches an important lesson about friendship alongside its vocabulary lesson.  It does so by Frog showing his excitement at Duck coming back from vacation.  Frog wants to show how much he missed Duck and appreciates him as a friend.  That message of friendship is just as important as the lesson centering on overcoming first day jitters.  It is not the only other lesson presented in these episodes, either.  Some might call it a stretch but in “Duck at Bat” it could be argued that the writers incorporated the lesson of perseverance.  No matter how many times Duck kept making the wrong word and using the wrong items as a bat, he kept trying.  He did finally get the right letter to make a bat.  And he even got a hit when he went up to the plate.  To that end, one could argue that the writers were teaching the lesson to the show’s young viewers that they should not give up on anything, especially not on anything worth doing.  There’s even a lighter lesson about teamwork incorporated into the episode for good measure.  Between these lessons and the episodes’ vocabulary building lessons it is obvious that there is plenty to be learned in these episodes.  All things considered the lessons that are incorporated into the episodes in this set prove in the long to be just as important to this DVD’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  They still are not its only important elements.  The bonus material included with the DVD rounds out the set’s most important elements.

The episodes that make up the body of PBS Kids’ new WordWorld DVD and the lessons contained within each are all important elements in the DVD’s overall presentation.  Each does its own part in making this new DVD another enjoyable presentation from PBS Kids.  They are not the DVD’s only important elements.  The bonus material that is included in the DVD is just as important to the collection’s presentation as its episodes and their lessons.  Just as with PBS Kids’ previous WordWorld compilations this set includes a trio of vocabulary building activities that the whole family can do together and that even teachers can do with their students in class.  One involves matching words on index cards to make compound words.  Another involves matching rhyming words with their related pictures.  Another is a game of hide-and-seek of sorts.  Except in the case of this game, there is no chasing around.  Rather in the case of this game, children have to identify the sound that they hear and where it comes from in order to get a turn.  As an additional bonus, PBS Kids has also included in this DVD’s case an activity booklet for children.  This is something with which PBS Kids has only experimented in its previous WordWorld DVDs (and other series’ DVDs).  So to see it full blown like this for the first time is impressive.  The activity booklet includes coloring pages, word searches, maze games, matching games and even a kid friendly crossword.  Parents can take the coloring pages, copy them and save them to their computers before their children color them in the book.  That way they [parents] can print them out any time they want for children to color.  Teachers can do the same with any of the other activities so as to use them each year with each new class.  Keeping all of this in mind, the activities and complimenting activity booklet included in this DVD are true bonuses.  They are activities that serve to drive home the lessons presented in the disc’s episodes.  They also serve to entertain young children.  They are in essence a fitting final touch for the DVD’s presentation.  Together with the disc’s episodes and their lessons, all of the noted elements join to make WordWorld: It’s Time For School a disc that is great for families any time of the year.

WordWorld: It’s Time For School is a great watch for the whole family any time of the year.  Whether ahead of the new school year or even during, this DVD proves itself to be another impressive collection of WordWorld episodes.  That is evident in the episodes that make up the body of the DVD.  The lessons that are tied into each of the episodes play their own part in proving this.  The bonus material that is included in the DVD’s case rounds out its most important elements.  In regards to that material not only has PBS Kids outshined NCircle in regards to its handling of the series’ DVDs, it has outdone itself this time around, too.  Considering this, the bonus material included in this collection is a fitting final touch to the DVD’s presentation.  It joins with the DVD’s featured episodes and their lessons to make this DVD, again, another welcome collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ beloved family friendly vocabulary building series.  It will be available later this month both in stores and online and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More episodes of WordWorld are available online now along with more WordWorld games, activities, and much more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Takes Viewers To Alaska In New Polar Bear Documentary

Courtesy: PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS Distribution

This past Tuesday PBS Distribution took audiences to the wilds of Alaska in its new documentary The Great Polar Beast Feast.

The Great Polar Bear Feast was released this Tuesday, July 5th.  The program was released in partnership with Renegade Films.  It follows a group of Polar Bears living in Alaska as they face the impending challenges of the Arctic Summer.  That is the time when the sea ice covering the region begins melting at an increasingly rapid speed.  One of the bears presented in the program is a female with two cubs.  She heads south from the Beaufort Sea to Kaktovik and is able to take part in the annual feast of whale blubber.  The other, also a female, only has one cub.  She stays put.  In turn it is forced to swim hundreds of miles north to get to the nearest ice.  In the bigger picture, the story examines the relationship between the polar bears and the Inupiat Tribe, which lives in a nearby village.

The Great Polar Bear Feast is available now on DVD.  It is retailing for MSRP of $24.99 and can be ordered at a discounted price of $19.99 online via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

 

 

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