'Daniel Tigers Neighborhood: Big Brother Daniel'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS KIDS)
Overview: Four-year-old Daniel Tiger invites young viewers directly into his world, giving them a kid's eye view of his life and making them feel like one of his neighbors.
DVD Verdict: For those of you that are not aware, 'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood' is an animated continuation to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, where all the original characters are now grown up with their own preschool-aged children.
Personally, I loved Mr. Rogers Neighborhood as a kid, and although this is a very different, more modern show, I am pleased to see the good moral underlining and joy that this show brings to him while still keeping true to the same themes. I love the little songs that have more meaning than rhyme and the lessons in the show along with the story lines.
Contained in this brand new DVD are seven (7) - yes, SEVEN - grr-ific tales: 'The Tiger Family Grows' - The Tiger Family is growing and Daniel learns that he is going to be a big brother! At first, Daniel isn't sure what to expect, but as his family prepares for the arrival of the new baby, Daniel learns about what it means to be a big brother ... and a big helper. 'Daniel Learns About Being a Big Brother' - The new baby is almost here and the Tiger Family is getting ready for their arrival. Daniel is eager to help as Mom and Dad prepare the new baby's room, but struggles with the idea of giving up old baby things for his new sibling. He soon realizes that being a big brother means letting go of things you no longer need, and that s a big help for the whole family.
'The Baby is Here' (which is a special double episode!) - The baby is about to arrive and everyone is so excited! Mom and Dad head to the hospital to have the baby while Daniel and Grandpere spend time at home going through some of Daniels old things. Daniel discovers an old bedtime book that inspires some musical play in the park-as well as big musical numbers throughout the story, welcoming the new addition to the Tiger Family. Baby Margaret comes home! 'Time for Daniel' - Daniel is playing adventure tiger at home with Dad, but things are not quite the same, now that Baby Margaret is around. Daniel is upset that Dad keeps interrupting their play to take care of Baby Margaret, but Daniel learns that there's time for the baby and time for Daniel, too.
'There's Time for Daniel, and Margaret Too' - Daniel is still getting used to have the new baby around. When Prince Wednesday comes over to play, Daniel is upset when Prince Wednesday wants to play with the baby instead of him, but he learns that there's time for the baby and time for Daniel, and what's even better is when they all play together! 'Playtime is Different - Daniel is having fun playing restaurant with O and Katerina but they keep getting interrupted by a very curious Baby Margaret who wants to be part of the action. She also can't seem to keep her hands off of Daniel's beloved Tige-y! Daniel eventually learns that although having a new baby sister around is very different...it can also be really fun.'
And finally, 'The Playground is Different with Baby' - Daniel is playing "circus" at the playground with his friends, but Baby Margaret seems to be making things different. Mom and Dad encourage Daniel to find a way to include Baby Margaret in the play, which Daniel learns can actually be even more fun! Let the circus parade go on! In truth, this show really is just perfect for teaching the wee ones in your life. A friend of mine purchased the books and the video to help her 2 and 3 year have a little better understanding about their upcoming baby brother. She has also said that the "feel" the video gives provides a realistic - for the wee ones, especially - job of portraying expecting a baby and after the baby's arrival. So, there you go - straight from a mothers mouth! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Printable Activities and Coloring Pages