Friday, November 23, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas --Dinosaur Train: Ride the Holiday Train Lift-The-Flap Board Book and Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs A to Z DVD (Review)

From the Emmy-nominated and Parents’ Choice Silver Honor TV series, Dinosaur Train, comes an all-new holiday book from Readers Digest Children’s Publishing and DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment, featuring a bonus holiday episode.

Dinosaur Train: Ride the Holiday Train Lift-The-Flap Board Book, from Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing

Ages: 2 to 5
SRP: $9.99
Published: October 2, 2012
Available wherever books are sold.


"Buddy and his friends are super excited. Their favorite holiday is coming—the Winter Solstice! Kids travel on the holiday train to the North Pole where the Pteranodon family has the chance to build snow dinosaurs, play a prehistoric game of ice hockey, and meet some new friends.  Secondary learning activities which reinforce learning concepts are included, and over 45 flaps hide fun surprises that kids will want to find again and again!"

DINOSAUR TRAIN™: DINOSAURS A TO Z DVD – Featuring Bonus Holiday Episode

Ages: 3 and up
SRP: $12.99 U.S.; $13.99 Canada
Released: October 2, 2012
Rating: U.S. - Not Rated; Canada – G 
Runtime: Approximately 110 minutes 


"Travel on the Dinosaur Train with Buddy, Mom, and Tiny to gather all the dinosaurs in the "Dinosaurs A to Z'" song for a picnic at Troodon Town! Join the Pteranodon family as they reunite with some dinosaurs they've met before, and are introduced to new species, and learn about the classification of all 26 dinosaurs on the train.

Bonus Holiday Episode: Solstice Time - While visiting the North Pole, the Conductor suggests that the family stop off at Aurora Borealis Station on an enormous frozen lake to see the Aurora Borealis, where the Northern Troodons celebrate a "Festival of Lights." While the kids wait for night to fall and view the Aurora Borealis, they work up an ice-skating show to entertain Mom and Dad. Everyone joins in to sing "Solstice Time is Here" and skate under the lights!"


My Thoughts:

I have a handful of Dinosaur Train DVDs, which our family loved.  So, when I heard about this new release, I had to get my hands on a copy to review and add to our growing collection.  This new release couldn't have come at a better time, as Savannah has been working hard to learn her ABC's.  Even though she is nowhere near repeating the long names of the dinosaurs, she did enjoy hearing about in alphabetical order.

I remember growing up that dinosaurs were big with boys.  But, after watching this hit series with my daughter on PBS Kids, I can see why so many girls are getting into natural science and learning about dinosaurs.  The
Pteranodon family makes learning about dinosaurs so much for.  And, when Dr. Scott comes on after each episode to recap about the dinosaurs learned about in the episode, it is a great way to open up lines of discussion with young children, and get them thinking about the animals who roamed the Earth before us.   

This new DVD release contained 5 action packed episodes, one of which is a holiday themed episode ("Festival of Lights").  We enjoyed watching this holiday episode, as we are getting into the holiday spirit.  If your child enjoys Dinosaur Train, why not surprise them with a copy of  DINOSAUR TRAIN: DINOSAURS A TO Z on DVD today.  Since receiving this DVD, we have watched it over a dozen times, and loved each viewing.  You will not be disappointed with the episodes included on this new DVD release.

And, as for the lift the flap board book, this has become one of Savannah's favorite book store to play with on her own.  I remember that as a child I used to love books like these, where you would have to open a door or lift a flap to exposure a mystery behind it.  Dinosaur Train fans will get a kick out of this interactive book that has over 45 lift the flap pieces, full of surprises.  This is one book I will be bringing for those upcoming long car trips to visit the relatives and friends this upcoming holiday season.  I don't have to be next to Savannah reading the story with her, for her to enjoy this board book, featuring all your favorite characters from the hit animated series, Dinosaur Train.  

So, if you have a Dinosaur Train fan in your house, while not pick up this gift bundle to surprise them with?  Both the book and DVD will provide then with hours of enjoyable, while learning about dinosaurs.


About Dinosaur Train

Dinosaur Train™ is an Emmy-nominated and Parents’ Choice Silver Honor TV series, and is one of the top ten shows for kids ages 2 to 5.* Created by Craig Bartlett, Dinosaur Train airs on PBS KIDS ® (check local listings), and embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific and thinking skills. Young viewers join Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons on whimsical adventures through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in natural science, natural history and paleontology. The Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs, and it has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous worlds, while the Train’s conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with fascinating facts along the way.

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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