Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New to DVD -- Sesame Street: Being Brave -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy by the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.



Includes Bonus Full-Length Video “A Celebration of Me, Grover!”

"It’s ok, everyone gets afraid sometimes! Sesame Street and its lovable monsters help kids learn to cope with all the storms, bees and even the little monsters that go bump in the night! Enjoy these fear-fighting adventures when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization, released Sesame Street: Being Brave on DVD October 1, 2013 for $14.98 SRP.  This release is also be available for digital download.

Ever feel afraid of a booming thunderstorm? How about those big bumble bees? Grover knows preschoolers have lots of the same kinds of fears. Sesame Street: Being Brave is packed with stories to help every preschooler feel brave and fight their fears. The curriculum focuses on helping children use strategies to overcome obstacles and face common fears. Children are encouraged to recognize and label their feelings and use different strategies to help manage strong emotions, such as feeling worried and scared. The home video also focuses on empathy, taking the perspective of others and understanding the feelings of others (reading facial cues and body language). To help build children’s vocabulary, words such as pollinate, hexagon, and veterinarian are introduced. Finally, the home video touches upon math skills such as counting and geometric shapes. But even monsters get scared sometimes, Grover thinks there is a monster at the end of the DVD and doesn’t want you to watch! If you are brave enough to keep watching get ready for some of Sesame Street’s most classic lessons complete with a bonus full-length Sesame Street video “Celebration of Me, Grover.” Also included is a glow-in-the-dark sticker sheet for keeping the night fun and cheerful. Sesame Street: Being Brave is sure to be a favorite amongst parents and preschoolers as they learn valuable Sesame Street lessons with their pal Grover.

Sesame Street: Being Brave is a special fear-fighting Sesame Street DVD that helps preschoolers address common fears,” said Jeff Brown, WBHE Executive Vice President and GM of Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. “Such a positive message from a show already #1 top-of-mind preschool show with moms, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is excited to share this title with fans.”

Now in its 44th season, Sesame Street is the longest-running program in children’s television. The series has received more Emmy awards than any other show in television history (153), as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award honoring the 40th year."


My Thoughts:

I still can't get over how long Sesame Street has been on.  Now celebrating its 44th season, I am now available to share one of my favorite childhood shows with my kids, and see their eyes light up when popular characters like Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster appear on the television screen.  While this television series has evolved and changed with the times, it still remains one of the most watched shows of parents and young children.  And, with the addition of DVDs like this one, you can now take Sesame Street in the car (if you have DVD player), to Grandma's house, or just put on a DVD when your child craves some Sesame Street love. :-)

With over 2 hours of fun, this new DVD is full of short segments featuring some of your child's favorite Sesame Street friends, including Zoe, Baby Bear, Elmo, Grover and Bert and Ernie.  This DVD centers around overcoming ones fears. Through humor and open and honest dialog, young children will see that fears are normal, while learning ways to cope and even overcome these fears.  There is even a special appearance by the late James Gandolfini, who talks about his fears.  While my girls just thought it was another celebrity appearing on the show, I knew otherwise, of how another life was taken from us too soon.  I found myself tearing up, as I watched this big, cuddly bear talk about his fears.

In addition to learning to strategies to deal with fears like bees, thunderstorms, monster and dogs, preschoolers will also get to enjoy some great bonus features, including a Bonus full-length video: "A Celebration of Me, Grover," as well as the following bonus segments: "Grover Talks About the Dark," "Going to the Doctor," and "Cousin Bear is Afraid of Monsters."  I wasn't planning to watch the entire 2+ hours of this new DVD in one sitting, but the girls couldn't get enough of it.  And, when they were done watching it, they couldn't wait for bedtime to see the night glow stickers that come with this DVD glow in the dark, once I turned out the lights.

If you a little ones who are starting to show fears, and are looking for a way to talk to them about these fears, and offer ways to overcome these fears, this would be the perfect tool to help you.  Or, if you just love watching Sesame Street with your kids, this is yet again another home run from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and the Sesame Workshop. It will provide hours of viewing enjoyment -- either in one sitting or broken down into smaller viewing segments.


One lucky reader will win a copy of this new DVD release, thanks to the folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter for below.  Good luck!
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About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street.  The Workshop produces Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows, including The Electric Company, to help bridge the literacy gap.  Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Other initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning.  Learn more at

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy by the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

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