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'Families of Puerto Rico (Families of the World)'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS)

Overview: 'Families of Puerto Rico' introduces two children from two different families, one urban and the other rural. View the unique lives of two children and their families from breakfast to bedtime and all the fun-filled activities in between.

DVD Verdict: The beautifully filmed, stunningly captured 'Families of Puerto Rico (Families of the World)' shows young viewers the amazing similarities between their own lives and those of children the same age living thousands of miles away: similar chores, school and extra-curricular activities and family interactions.

Nine-year-old Jose lives with his family near San Juan. His mother works at a dialysis center and his father services and sells scales for science. Everyone is preparing for a big hurricane that is expected to hit the island, so they shutter windows, stock up on supplies at the stores and watch the weather forecast.

Laura, age eight, lives with her parents on their farm, where they grow bananas and tropical plants. Her father also works for a company that sells fruits and vegetables to stores and restaurants. Her mother demonstrates new environmental farming methods. We visit Laura’s school and piano lesson and go to Aricebo, where they have the world’s largest radio telescope, which scientists use to try to find life in outer space.

Again, 'Families of Puerto Rico' is part of the highly acclaimed Families of the World series which broadcast on PBS and fully deserves all the high praise the series has been getting over the past few years. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.