Wednesday, July 3, 2013

PBS KIDS TO RELEASE FOUR NEW PROGRAMS JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER VACATION ON JULY 16th (Review)



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






Do you have summer travel plans this year?  If so, are you doing a staycation and traveling locally?  Or, are you going to takes the kids on an airplane trip to see the relatives or visit Disney?  If your travel plans include long car rides or having to keep the kids entertained for a long duration of time, have I got the thing for you.  :-)  PBS Distribution recently announced four upcoming DVD releases, slated for July 16th, which include some of your child's favorite PBS Kids shows.  Included in the July 16th release are the following DVD's:



Arthur Stands Up to Bullying DVD - shopPBS.org

DVD Synopsis:

"As teachers and parents across the nation educate kids about the impact of bullying, the new DVD “ARTHUR STANDS UP TO BULLYING” presents an outstanding way to reinforce those lessons. In four entertaining episodes, the world’s most famous aardvark, Arthur Read, and his family and friends, stand up to bullying, learn about teasing, and think about friendship. Almost 10M households tune in to watch “ARTHUR” each month!  The series has been honored with numerous awards, including three Daytime Emmy Awards® for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, as well as the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.


Series Information: 

Aimed at viewers between the ages of four and eight, “ARTHUR’s” goals are to help foster an interest in reading and writing, to encourage positive social skills, and to model age-appropriate problem-solving strategies.

Based on the children’s books by Marc Brown, the show chronicles the adventures of Arthur through engaging, emotional stories that explore issues faced by real kids. It is a comedy that tells these stories from a kid’s point of view without moralizing or talking down."

Bonus Features: Printable coloring pages and activities
Runtime: Approx. 60 minutes
SRP: $9.99


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Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers DVD - shopPBS.org



DVD Synopsis: 

"Hop aboard the Dinosaur Train this summer – the perfect time for kids to learn about the natural world around them. DINOSAUR TRAIN: NATURE TRACKERS is chock-full of adventure and fun, teaching young explorers about stargazing, snakes, wildlife diversity and nature’s life cycle. In the eight episodes featured on this DVD, Buddy plants a garden, visits an ancestor and builds a clubhouse (for the Nature Trackers of course). To encourage current or future Nature Trackers Club members to get outside, the DVD comes with a free Nature Trackers Club coloring and guide book. More than 11M households tune in to watch “Dinosaur Train” each month! “Dinosaur Train” is produced by The Jim Henson Company.


Series Information: 

“DINOSAUR TRAIN” embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking skills. Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons go 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 has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous worlds. The Train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with fascinating facts along the way."

Bonus Features: Free printed Nature Trackers Club coloring and guide book, interactive “How Big?” game, and PDF coloring pages and activities.
Runtime: Approx. 100 minutes
SRP: $9.99


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 Super Why!: Hansel and Gretel: A Healthy Adventure DVD - shopPBS.org


DVD Synopsis: 

"What better way for kids to learn how to make healthy food choices than by following their favorite Super Readers! In “SUPER WHY!: HANSEL & GRETEL: A HEALTHY ADVENTURE” the reading superheroes go on two full-filled adventures. Along the way they learn about unhealthy snacks, different types of foods, the benefits of healthy food choices and impart critical skills kids need to learn to read. In “Hansel & Gretel: A Healthy Adventure,” the Super Readers convince the witch to trade in her gingerbread house for nutritious snacks, and practice their spelling skills. In “King Eddie Who Loved Spaghetti,” our superheroes convince King Eddie to taste new foods, and introduce kids to the meaning of the word “ripe.”  More than 10M households tune in to watch “SUPER WHY” each month.



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Series Information:

“SUPER WHY” is a breakthrough preschool series designed to help kids ages 3 to 6 with the critical skills that they need to learn to read (and love to read!) as recommended by the National Reading Panel (alphabet skills, word families, spelling, comprehension and vocabulary)."

Bonus Features: Music videos, interactive games, color pages and resources for parents.
Runtime: Approx. 50 minutes
SRP: $9.99


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DVD Synopsis:

"Fun and exciting discoveries await in BIG KID CAILLOU.  Growing up is the greatest adventure of all, and Caillou is ready to teach kids about being themselves, flexibility, friendship and kindness. In the six episodes featured on this DVD, which began airing on PBS in March, Caillou learns that every race is not about winning, remembers what it’s like to be the “new kid” at school, and discovers the importance of good vision! More than four million households tune into “CAILLOU” each month.

Series Information: 

Caillou is a 4-year-old boy who delights in the small wonders of the world around him, embellishing everything he sees with his rich imagination. Thanks to his vivid imagination, ordinary, everyday events quickly become exciting adventures where Caillou can play “make-believe.” “CAILLOU” is designed for preschoolers and focuses on role-playing and “make-believe.” By imagining they are someone else, children can often accomplish extraordinary things."

Bonus Features: Printable coloring pages and activities
Runtime: Approx. 50 minutes
SRP: $9.99

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As you read through the synopsis' of each DVD, you probably said that you and your child have already seen these episodes.  And, you are probably right, as the episodes included on each of these upcoming PBS Kids DVD's has aired on television.  If your family is like mine, then you probably could watch these popular episodes over and over again, and not get bored! Well, that is what we will be doing this upcoming weekend as we hit the road and travel to NH -- over 3 hours from our house in CT, to visit and stay with Nana and Papa at their summer home.  Savannah has been looking forward to this vacation for quite some time now, so we can't wait to go.

While we are all excited about this much needed vacation, my husband and I are not looking forward to the "Are we there yet?" comments, or the girls acting up as they grow tired and bored sitting in their car seats for a long period of time.  We ended up putting in dual DVD players to keep the girls' entertained during long car rides, but have since run into the issue of one wanting to watch one thing, while the other wants something else.  I would never have expected this from a soon to be 3 yr. old and a 19 month old.  But, this is what we get when we travel with them.  

But, when we hit the road and take on the 3 hr. trip from CT to NH, we will be ready to keep the girls entertained, as I was sent a review of each of the DVDs shared above.  Like you, we have already watched all the episodes included on these upcoming DVD releases, but will enjoy seeing them again.  And, I will not have to worry about the girls fighting over who gets to watch what, as they both like Super Why!, Arthur, Dinosaur Train and Caillou.  Out of the four shows, their favorite is Caillou.  This was the first show Savannah ever watched, and the one she called her favorite for so long. :-)

Don't worry, as I will not bore you with a review of each and every episode that make up these four upcoming DVD releases.  What I will say, however, is that these affordable DVDs (most are only $9.99) will definitely keep your child entertained this summer in the car, or even at home on a rainy day.  We can't wait to put on Caillou this evening when we head out to start our vacation. 

Please be safe over the 4th of July holiday, and enjoy time with family and friends!




-- BUY NOW AND SAVE 25% --





Head on over to the PBS Kids online store to browse the current selection of DVDs and other PBS Kids products available.  Right now, for the holiday weekend, they are offering 25% off your total order by using coupon code "25BIG" at checkout.  Act fast, as this coupon code is only valid until midnight tomorrow, July 4th.

Happy shopping!


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

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