Monday, February 11, 2013

February Is Full of Dinosaur Train Fun (Review and Giveaway)

Dinosaur Train: Submarine Adventures DVD -

Dive Into February with Tons of NEW Dinosaur Train Fun!

  • A NEW underwater adventure with the premiere on PBS Kids of the DINOSAUR TRAIN one-hour special, “Submarine Adventure." 
  • The NEW novelty book, Ride Along the Dinosaur Train, from Grosset & Dunlap is now available. 
  • FREE NEW coloring sheets based on the “Submarine Adventure” special are available for download at PBS KIDS. 
  • A FREE NEW suite of DINOSAUR TRAIN online games, “Classic in the Jurassic Jr.,” is now available. 
  • And, as it’s Valentine’s Day, we have our popular DINOSAUR TRAIN Valentine’s Day Cards available to you for FREE!

This February Buddy and friends are going on an undersea adventure on an all-new invention, the DINOSAUR TRAIN submarine. 

Did you know that Aristotle (384-322 BC) is often referred to as the father of marine biology?  Aristotle is the first to record observations on marine life, and identified a variety of species including crustaceans, echinoderms, mollusks, and fish.  However, until submarines were invented, it was almost impossible to explore the deep ocean.  Today, submarines are used by marine biologists to collect samples, take videos and observe sea life in ways that humans would not be able to do!  Marine biologists are able to work at depths of several hundred meters for hours in these special submarines!

There is so much to discover under water.  Just recently in December 2012, a giant, marine reptile that roamed the seas around 150 million years ago was identified as a new species.  The animal, now named Pliosaurus funkei spanned about 40 feet, had a massive 6.5 foot long skull and a bite as powerful as a Tyrannosaurus rex.

We wonder what Buddy would think of that?! 

On February 18, Buddy and everyone’s favorite Pteranodon family will dive into an underwater adventure in “Submarine Adventure.” The one-hour program will feature four new stories about sea creatures that lived during the “Age of Dinosaurs.” Preschoolers will meet new friends along the way – from Otto Ophthalmosaurus to Archelon turtles – as they learn about natural science, natural history and paleontology. And if you miss it, both full episodes and clips from “Submarine Adventure” will be available on the PBS KIDS Video Player at and on the free PBS KIDS Video App beginning February 19!

To celebrate this new one-hour special, you too can “Ride Along the Dinosaur Train in this new book from Grosset & Dunlap, available everywhere books are sold!  This fun, interactive novelty book lets readers ride the Dinosaur Train with Buddy and his family. Using the slide along train at the top of the book, fans can visit all the stops along with the Dinosaur Train!  For readers ages 3 and up; grade level P and up!  SRP $7.99. 

My Thoughts:

Even though this book is only 8 pages in length, the added feature of the push and pull Dinosaur Train at the top of the book made for a fun interactive read.  As I read each pages, the girls took turns pushing the train along, as if we were helping the Conductor make his stops.  Each and every time one of my daughters would move the train, I would make a train sound and then whistle.  Savannah would also start by saying, "All aboard," like in the show before the train would be allowed to move.  :-)

The story itself is cute and will appeal to all Dinosaur Train fans.  But, the added feature of the sliding train at the top will make this book one of their favorites to read.  Since receiving, I have read this book to the girls over a dozen times.  And, when I am not reading it to them, they take turns sitting on the couch, flipping through the board book pages and moving the train, as they make their best Dinosaur Train sounds.

Not only would this new board book be a great Valentine's Day or Easter basket gift, but it would also get children more excited about next week's "Submarine Adventures" special airing on PBS Kids on Feb. 18th.

And now for more FREE Dinosaur Train fun!

Your FREE Submarine Adventure Coloring Sheets to download are available HERE

Your FREE Dinosaur Train Valentine’s Day card HERE

Your FREE all-new online games are HERE!

A new suite of DINOSAUR TRAIN online games, “Classic in the Jurassic Jr.,” is now available. In this set of inter-connected games, dinosaurs compete in sporting events. For Kids ages 2 to 5, these games help kids build key math skills, including comparing heights and lengths, using units of measurements, sorting, classification, volume and distance. 

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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.* 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.

*Source: Nielsen NPower. 12/26/2011-11/25/2012. Live+7 Days national GAA ratings for PBS and select competitive cable networks. All cumes and duplications are Live +7 Reach with a 6 minute qualifier and 75% unification. Full day is 6a-6a. All AA% ratings are Live +7

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

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