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JUNGLE JIM, A MUSICAL WILDLIFE ADVENTURE
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JUNGLE JIM, A MUSICAL WILDLIFE ADVENTURE
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Series: WEB SERIES, AGES 2-5
Description - Original music and charismatic characters make it easy for kids to learn fun facts about animals from inside their magic world. Jungle Jim is a young boy whose vivid imagination takes him and his animal friends on magical interactive adventures throughout the animal world.

Amazing facts about wildlife are entertainingly communicated through musical skits performed by the animals themselves. Catchy singable tunes make it easy for kids to learn about lots of different animals. http://junglejimmusic.com/
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very cute animated short, geared for a preschool audience. Content is very suitable and straightforward. This is a pilot episode and, as such, offers a great example of what the finished series will show.

The background music is quite charming, sung by a choir of kids. The show features an animated character and his friends as they explore life action things. The voice over talent is quite good with voices that representing the characters in engaging ways. The storyline teaches kids facts about animals that reside in the jungle accompanied with fun music. This makes learning fun.

The graphics and visuals are clear, colorful and charming without going over the top. The pace of the production is quite appropriate for its target audience. Not too fast or too slow. The words are repetitive but that is suitable for preschoolers. The storyline is presented as a bit of an adventure which makes it fun and engaging.

This is a very watchable piece and I highly recommend it to parents and educators working with toddlers. It allows them to explore wildlife in a fun and informative way.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 2 to 5. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This show is designed for a preschool audience and it's quite suitable for them. The episodes are colorful and the characters look adorable. The songs are a pretty simple but work for its audience. The content is information but not very detailed. Again, remember that it's geared for a preschool audience so, the content is pretty basic and repetitive.

The voice acting is really great! I enjoyed listening to the different characters and give credit to the voice actors for their outstanding work. I found the animation a bit choppy and most of the backgrounds are pretty plain without much detail. There are occasional gaps between lines in a song or in between dialogue lines, but this is a pilot so, I'm sure that will smooth out in the final show.

The message that the film's creators are focused on is that learning can be fun! You should learn more about the things around you, specifically wild life and what all the different types are like. These episodes are short and cute. I give them 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 3 to 6. It is available on YouTube now so, check it out. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


INTO THE INFERNO
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INTO THE INFERNO
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Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Description - Werner Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer travel the globe and visit volcanoes in Indonesia, Ethiopia and even North Korea in an attempt to understand man's relationship with one of nature's most violent wonders.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Volcanoes are all over the world and we know so many scientific facts about them. They are majestic and very dangerous, but there is also culture, religion and much more that always surrounds these amazing creations of nature. Into the Inferno by Werner Herzog is a beautiful documentary that tells you all about volcanoes and takes you on a behind the scenes tour.

This documentary is quite educational and the creators of the film share their gigantic adventure around the world which is exciting and quite dangerous. There may be a couple of jokes here and there, but this film is not a comedy. Its main purpose is to show the beauty, danger and culture of volcanoes in an entertaining fashion.

This film follows Werner Herzog (Director) and Clive Oppenheimer (Volcanologist) as they explore the most unique volcanoes on Earth. From the coldest places in Antarctica to the hottest places in Ethiopia, to even the most mysterious places deep in the jungle or on remote islands. They not only talk to local scientists and experts about the area and the volcano, but they talk to the local villagers to hear about the culture and religion in each areas.

Simply put, this documentary is beautiful. There is no better word to describe it. The camera work is spectacular and borderline dangerous. Many of the volcanoes they visit are open and have visible magma lakes inside them. This makes getting the footage very challenging, but the crew manages to pull it off. On top of that, most documentaries only explore the science of volcanoes, but this one talks about so many other aspects of volcanoes. For example, in Ethiopia, they talk about archaeology and how volcanoes help preserve fossils. This allows the viewer to learn about not only the volcanoes but the many myths and rituals surrounding them. One small issue is that, if you are not passionate about learning about science or about culture, some scenes may be slightly boring or feel stretched. Otherwise, the director Werner Herzog has produced a perfect documentary that is truly educational and entertaining.

My favorite scene is when they go to Antarctica to see a massive volcano there. Not only does it just show how hard the crew works to get the footage, it also is mind-blowing to see freezing snow temperatures with a giant hot volcano right in the middle of it. In many scenes in Antarctica, they are right on the ridge of the volcano, looking down at the massive magma lake within the volcano surrounded by magnificent ice. This is absolutely spectacular and scary to watch at the same time.

There are many parts of the film that are either socially or politically mature in terms of cultures, which makes it unsuitable for very young children. I recommend this for ages 12 to 18. I give it 4 � out of 5 stars because it achieves perfect cinematography, is a unique concept and very educational, but it does feel a bit stretched out.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


9/11 INSIDE THE PENTAGON
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Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Description - Produced by Lone Wolf Media, "9/11 INSIDE THE PENTAGON" revisits the events of 9/11 from the perspective of those who were in Washington, DC, working at or near the Pentagon. Using exclusive first-person interviews with Pentagon personnel, first responders, aviation experts and journalists, as well as rarely seen Department of Defense footage taken from inside the Pentagon after the attack, the special tells the story of heroism and perseverance in the face of unimaginable, life-threatening obstacles.

Unlike those in New York City who were completely taken by surprise, those in Washington, DC, followed the news coming out of New York and realized than unaccounted-for flights still in the air would likely target significant, symbolic and strategic sites in the nation's capital - including the Pentagon. In the chaos that followed after Flight 77 struck the Pentagon, a group of workers inside crawled through black smoke and pools of jet fuel looking for an exit, only to find themselves trapped behind a newly installed blast-proof window that was impossible to break open; emotional clashes over jurisdiction would break out between Pentagon personnel and first responders trying to find survivors in the wreckage; smoke threatened to incapacitate the National Military Command Center; and an unaccounted-for plane would pose the threat of yet another strike.

Among those interviewed in the film are those who experience the attack first-hand: Steve Carter, assistant building operations manager at the Pentagon; first responders Mike Regan, Alan Wallace and Ed Hannon; Pentagon personnel Captain William J. Toti (U.S. Navy, retired) and Colonel Marilyn Wills (US Army, retired); air traffic controller Colin Scoggins; structural engineer Leo Titus; and Washington Post reporter Steve Vogel.
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: Video and DVD


ALL THE DIFFERENCE
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ALL THE DIFFERENCE
PBS DISTRIBUTION Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Description - Filmed over five and a half years, ALL THE DIFFERENCE (83 min.) weaves together the stories of two tough, yet promising young black men, Robert and Krishaun, as they navigate their lives through their high school senior year and all four years of college. They come from broken homes and low-income, high-risk communities in Chicago where barely 50% of young black men graduate from high school and of those that do graduate less than half go on to college and even fewer will graduate within 4 to 6 years. The film explores the factors in their lives (education, parents and grandparents, teachers, role models, personal drive and community support) that made all the difference in helping them be the first in their families to most likely escape poverty and secure a place in the middle class.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a must-see documentary which begins airing on PBS September 12, 2016. I know documentary - boring right? Wrong. The film is real, raw and an insight into the lives of real people. Best of all it, is about two super heroes named Robert and Krishaun. These two young men are actual people who we all can look up to and inspire to be like them. They cannot fly or shoot lasers out of their eyes. They have determination, courage, commitment and guts. We need role models to look up to and, through this film, we see the good, bad and how life-changing events are made possible if you have just a little help.

Every day on the news we hear bad things. People complain and talk about how sad it all is. Rarely do people think about ways to change it. Wes Moore and Joy Thomas Moore stepped up and, not only thought of a better way, but acted upon it. Emmy-winning filmmaker Tod Lending spent years filming two young men. That is what I call dedication. We watch how their lives go forward in time and live each moment with them. I was frighten, crying, laughing, hoping and cheering for them.

Gang violence is nothing new. We see it on the news, movies, theater and television shows. Painted signs all over remind us that it is real. They all have sad stories and reasons for their actions.

What if you took some of the reasons away? What if someone came to you and said, "I can change your life for the better and will hold your hand and guide you." Would you grab the hand and walk with them? Many of the gang members said "no" once they found out cameras would be watching them 24/7 for many years. Two of them took a leap of faith. This film is a story about this incredible adventure, against all odds, of two young men who said "yes, I want a better life. I want out of the gangs."

This film is very emotional. I was afraid that they would not make it. It is real life, real problems and real people. When things are hard, it is always easy to give up. There are many times when you worry that they will. The most shocking thing about this film is meeting the real live Robert Henderson III and Krishaun Curtis Branch - gang bangers. I was nervous. They are nothing like you see on television or in the movies. The two of them are sweet, kind, smart and likeable. Krishaun even has a new baby. Their major flaw is not liking the Denver Broncos, but I let them slide.

My favorite person in this documentary, besides our super hero, is Robert's grandmother. She has an incredible story of her own. She is a super hero who has lived a difficult life, but never stopped wanting the best for Robert. She has girl power plus.

With the right mentors, role models, opportunities and a helping hand, great things can happen. It is an inspirational story that I recommend for ages 11 through 18. I also think Robert and Krishaun can be great super heroes to younger kids. This film is not sugar-coated. The violence is implied and talked about. It's not shown, but still it would be too much for younger kids unless this is the life they are living. If you can watch it with your kids and guide them to understand the many messages in this film, it is an eye opening experience. We can all reach out a helping hand. I give this film 5 out of 5 Super Hero Stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 83 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


HUMPBACK WHALES IMAX (4K UHD/3-D BLU-RAY/DIGITAL COPY)
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HUMPBACK WHALES IMAX (4K UHD/3-D BLU-RAY/DIGITAL COPY)
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Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-18
Description - Narrated by two-time Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor, Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature's most awe-inspiring marine mammals.

Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Captured for the first time with IMAX 3D cameras, and found on every ocean on Earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a slow but remarkable recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent, 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Spellbinding! Humpback Whales is outstanding and incorporates the best that IMAX films have to offer - impossible photography, entertaining music and an instructional narrative that when combined, creates a positive visceral.

The musical score is brilliantly constructed to create an emotional connection between viewers and the whales. The song "Best Day of My Life" paired with pristine video footage of effortless swimming, lunging and breaching invokes a jubilant mood. The haunting, yet mesmerizing songs of the hunchback whales are also highlighted.

Narrated by Ewan McGregor, this documentary is educating, motivating and inspiring. I was enthralled by the details of the bubble net feeding and the up-close photography of the whales enjoying their catch. Rescue attempts of a young whale entrapped in rope from a boat demonstrates the dangers whales face as a result of man's impact on the ocean. The Special Features are almost as value-added as the main feature! "The Search" shows the difficulties in finding the humpback whales, leading the production crew to Tonga, Alaska and Hawaii. We meet the photographers, researchers and the director whose enthusiasm for the accurate and complete portrayal of the whales is contagious. Not only did I feel like I wanted to join their crew, but I also wanted to do more research on the humpbacks! "The Making of Humpback Whales" shows the behind the scenes logistics of filming the whales. For this viewer, the only thing missing was the spray of fresh ocean water! Humpback Whales rates a resounding 5 out of 5 stars! Your family will love it!

Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Humpback Whales DVD is amazing, stunningly beautiful and a spectacular educational ocean adventure. For the first time in IMAX, it offers an up-close look into the incredible lives of humpback whales by a team of researchers.

What I particularly like about this show is how much fun information you learn about humpback whales. For instance, did you know that humpback whales can weigh 50 tons, be longer than a 50 foot school bus and have a wing span greater than most Lear jets? Or, that they can dive to the depths of 1,000 feet in the ocean and migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year? And, did you know that male humpback whales sing?

Sadly, we also learn that for hundreds of years and up until the 1970s, humpback whales were killed for their oil. Fortunately, because of the generous support of the Pacific Life Foundation we are learning the importance of the humpback whales and the importance of protecting them.

My favorite thing in this show is learning that the male humpback whales communicate through song. Their songs are known as the "Music of the Deep." It is also what motivated countries across the world to form a ban to stop the killing of humpback whales in 1978. Up until this time, these marine mammals were becoming extinct.

This film is wonderfully narrated by two-time Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor and produced by Academy Award nominated filmmakers at MacGillivray Freeman Films. The accompanying music is moving and sets the mood perfectly. I also loved seeing the beautiful scenery as we follow a team of researchers journeying into the waters of Alaska, Hawaii and the distant stunning islands of Tonga.

The message of this film is that humpback whales should be protected, respected and asks what can we do to help them survive. So what can we do to help? Glad you asked. The film tells us that this is possible by encouraging ships to slow down or be re-routed and to keep trash out of the ocean. However, there is also a life moral message about how it is our turn to be the guardians of these magnificent creatures.

The Humpback Whales DVD is a wonderful, educational, ocean adventure for both children and adults. Young viewers will enjoy the beautiful scenery and more mature viewers will appreciate the many amazing things there are to learn about humpback whales. The DVD includes a special feature by the film's director who discusses the making of the movie which you won't want to miss. I recommend this for ages 5 to 18 and give it five out five stars. I hope you watch this DVD so you too can experience the magnificence of humpback whales.

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

You are sitting on a quiet beach watching the waves roll into shore. Suddenly in the middle of the ocean a giant leaps in the air, does a complete 180 degree twirl and splashes back down into the depths of the ocean. As quickly as the ocean frenzy started, it all stops and goes back to calmness. You have just witnessed a humpback whale.

The narrator for this movie is two-time Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor who I love and adore. His pace and soothing voice set a calm tone for this film. Stephen Judson's' writing is easy to understand and memorable.

Of course, this is an awesome movie. It is made by the award-winning documentary filmmakers MacGillivray Freemen Films, the same people (Shaun and Greg Mac Gillivray) who made Everest and National Parks Adventure which are beautifully executed. I love the amazing places they take us because they always make you want to get more involved in the world around you and spend more time outdoors.

You may not have one as a pet because the mothers carry them around for one year and when they are born, they are 14 feet long. When full grown, they are 55 feet long and, at 50 tons, they will not fit into your swimming pool. If you have trouble walking a dog, well the 10,000 mile migration they take every year might be a bit much for you. This film takes us all the way from the tropics to Alaska and Antarctica. We get to see the world through the eyes of humpback whales and marine biologists. The equivalent of 8,000 hamburgers they eat every day might also be a deal breaker. A gold fish makes a better pet for your home.

Humpback Whales is a beautiful film with stunning photography and educational facts about these majestic creatures that I found fascinating. The birds-eye-views are dynamic, the views are something I have never seen before. You watch the humpbacks as they glide through the water. Jumping in the water and playing with them might be an option your brain can consider but it's not going to happen but, I enjoyed watching the beautiful tropical places that this movie takes us to.

The best scene in this film when a group of whales form a group bubble net. One whale blows bubbles in a spiral motion surrounding the creel then, several whales swim deep into the bottom of the ocean and sing haunting noises while swimming upward. These intelligent creatures of the ocean have learned an easy way to herd fish. They capture them in the bubble net and the whales have a wonderful meal for their whole group.

Listening to all their different songs and how they change them reinforces our grasp of their communication skills and genius. Only the males sing. The movie also has other music with a tropical vibe by Steve Woods and Calum Graham which puts you in the mood to hang out in the ocean with the humpbacks.

Tonga, which is east of Australia, is where whaling was once a prevalent way to make money. They have since stopped and found that tourism brings in more money and saves the whales. In the 1970s, there were only 50 breeding female humpbacks left. Today, the number has grown to the 2,000s. This once-almost-extinct mammal is still only 40% of the population it once was. We are making great progress.

There are three countries where whaling is still allowed today - Japan, Norway and Iceland. Additionally, boating accidents and pollution such as trash, fishing nets and other items lead to their demise.

The earth is 71% waters and oceans. We should all look after the ocean creatures and our planet. This movie reinforces and reminds us that the humpback whales exist and need our help to survive. Along with kidsfirst.org you should add OneWorldOneOcean.com to your must see viewing list.

I recommend this film to kids ages 7 thru 18 who will find it entertaining, educational and beautiful. All 40 minutes will hold your full attention. Adult will love the epic underwater and aerial photography. I give this film 5 out of 5 Humpback Whale Star fish.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

This movie is alive and interesting with the truth about humpback whales. This movie is especially interesting because how it's told in 40 minutes and tells you everything you need to know about these magnificent creatures. It allows you to look up or ask some friends about humpback whales. Throughout this story, you learn how they move around, all about their calves, the dangers they face and especially, how humans work against and with them at the same time. It talks about how people are the main enemy of the whales because of ocean trash. But it also tells us how we can help them and what you can do. It brings hope and information to everyone who watches this film.

The DVD has an extra scenes feature and boy is it interesting. It talks about how the movie was made, where they went and a lot of other interesting things. I love the way everyone said they had a good time making the film and that they are so happy. It's also very similar to the actual movie, but they talk to the camera and tell you about themselves.

Ewen McGregor, the narrator, is quite enthusiastic throughout this film. He tells us interesting things about the whales and how they do all these incredible things. You may not think it, but there is amazing animation in this film. They show how the whales eat, and sometimes show the whales moving. It's really detailed and for a moment made me think it was really the live whales.

My favorite part of this film is when they talk about the migratory paths of the whales. I especially liked learning whales' fingerprints. This film moral is quite a sad one I would say about not doing things that kill the whales. For example, drive slower and don't throw trash into the ocean.

I rate this movie 3 out of 5 stars because I personally am not a whale lover. It would be rated much higher by a long shot if I was. I recommend this for ages 5 to 18 and adults may enjoy it too. I think that younger kids may be scared by the death scenes which we unfortunately have to endure. You can find this movie on Blu Ray/DVD.

Reviewed by Miles T., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 27.48
Media: DVD
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FRONTLINE: SAUDI ARABIA UNCOVERED
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DOCUMENTARY, ADULTS
Description - Forty-seven. That's how many people the government of Saudi Arabia executed on terror charges in a single day at the start of 2016, in the kingdom's largest wave of executions in more than three decades. That bloody day -- which included the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a controversial Shia cleric and opponent of the Saudi government - sent shock waves around the region and the world, prompting fresh scrutiny of the oil-rich kingdom, long a U.S. ally.

Now, this new program, goes inside the tightly-controlled kingdom to tell the stories of men and women who are risking everything to try to change their country, and challenge the powerful ruling regime.
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 18-80
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD
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CINEMABILITY
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CINEMABILITY
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Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Description - This dynamic documentary will take a detailed look at the evolution of "disability" themes in entertainment, from film and TV to the Web, to see if the media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of those with disabilities. Our in-depth investigation has gone behind the scenes to interview Filmmakers, Studio Executives, Film Historians, and Celebrities, and utilizes vivid clips from Hollywood's most beloved motion pictures and TV shows to focus attention on the powerful impact that entertainment and the media can have on society. Do disability portrayals in the media impact society? Or does the media simply reflect the publics ever-changing attitudes? This important documentary explores these questions and more to see if the media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of the disabled, and to prove how an enlightened understanding of disability can have a positive impact on the world.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - There are many documentaries about the history of Hollywood, but none cover an important topic like this one this. CinemAbility shows the real history of handicapped actors in Hollywood and how many things need to be changed in the way they are treated.

This is an educational documentary that will leave you inspired and interested. It also has some humor from actors who are interviewed and many older classic films. The film starts in the late 19th century showing the first handicapped people in films. It goes all the way up to recent films. Many actors talk about their opinions on the matter and what it is like being handicapped. The documentary shows you some films that heavily mock the handicapped as well as films that represent handicapped people very well.

I love this film because it doesn't just look at Hollywood as discriminating against handicapped people. Instead, it looks at movies and movements that have really pushed for equality and it also features handicapped actors who tell the viewer how Hollywood can make improvements. Its 98 minute length fits very well and keeps the viewer's attention the whole time. The most inspirational point in this film is that it is directed by Jenni Gold, who is handicapped herself. She excels at showing that, no matter what people look like on the outside, they are first and foremost people on the inside with their own dreams and aspirations.

My favorite scene is when they talk about Ray Charles, a powerful musician who has been blind all his life. Ray, despite his disability, led a very productive life and became a very powerful and successful man. He proved that he is in charge of his life which is unique and interesting. Jamie Foxx also talks about what it was like to play Ray Charles and to be blind for twelve hours a day. It was inspirational and interesting to listen to him speak.

CinemAbility does have some mature topics, so I recommend it for ages 10 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars for fantastic directing, entertaining elements, interesting and educational material and a unique concept. I have to mention that it took close to 10 years to complete this film and was mainly possible due to a partnership between the Geena Davis Institute on Gender Media and Gold Pictures, a company founded by Jenni Gold. This film is playing in select theaters now.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY: MEET LILY
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LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY: MEET LILY
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Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Description - Meet Lily!� Lily is five years old and lives with her dad in a little hut on the beach.� Across the way is Driftwood Bay - the island that Lily can see from her window, and it is here that the characters that she has created in her imagination come to life.� Every day the sea washes up a new treasure which sparks Lily's imagination about what might be happening on Driftwood Bay.� Accompanied by her best friend, Gull, the clever seagull, a new adventure begins as they go across the way to Driftwood Bay.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lily's Driftwood Bay is an enjoyable and creative DVD that kids will love to watch. It takes place on a beach where Lily lives with her father. Lily dumps out a bag of shells and rocks in the intro and arranges them to make her own little friends, who then come alive to interact with her in her own imaginary "Driftwood Bay" island. My favorite thing about this show is the animation. It's unique and it took a little bit to get used to, but I love its creativity. The rock and shell characters incorporate the actual textures of the objects they are made of in their designs. It makes the show very interesting visually. Lily has a pretty strong accent and, a few times, she was a little difficult for my kids to understand, but the accent also made the kids listen more intently. The characters are fun and they learn about themes such as teamwork and friendship through their adventures. This is a cute show with good messages and interesting animation. I really enjoyed it and recommend it for kids ages 3 to 9.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Lily's Driftwood Bay isbE a cute and adorable show that all children will love! The animated characters are so cute because they look like a child colored them. Lily's character is very dainty and her personality is as bright as the sun. She seems so outgoing and loves an adventure. The opening captures your attention immediately where you see Lily making things out of objects she finds at the beach.

This season contains ten episodes and runs approximately 75 minutes long. Lily's Driftwood Bay is a Northern Irish children's television series that premiered on Nick Jr. in the UK and Ireland in 2014. Creator Colin Williams really has made something special that I truly believe children will love as they follow Lily on her fun adventures with her friends Gull, Salty, Hatsie and more. Every day the sea washes up a new treasure which sparks Lily's imagination about what might be happening on Driftwood Bay. The voice talent also excels. Orlagh O'Keefe is the voice of Lily. Peter Mullan voices Salty the dog. Paul Currie is the voice of Gull. Tameka Empson voices Hatsie the Hen. Many of these voice over actors have been in major movies or TV shows. Peter Mullan appeared in Hercules, The Jungle Book, Harry Potter and War Horse. Paul Currie is best known for Big City Park and Big and Small.

The show is very interactive and well suited for its audience. My favorite scenes in the show are when Lily comes back with new things. It's not a show I would watch and I'm a teenager and it's more suited for kids ages 4 to 7. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars and think that girls will like it more than boys since it is a bit girly. The DVDis available now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Jasmyn Diaz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: ROCK IT TO THE MOON
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THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: ROCK IT TO THE MOON
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Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Description - The Secret Lab Kids are ready to demo their new science song for web entrepreneur Mook Zookerboom when he learns that a satellite is coming down out of orbit, panics and heads for the airport. So the team must gather some data on gravity to convince him to return.� Then, when Von Bolt accidentally destroys the museum's new moon rock, the Secret Lab Kids must find a way to replace it.� Enjoy these adventures and more with the Secret Lab Kids
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This starts off with a really catchy theme song and has different episodes such as Dancing Machine and Rock It to the Moon. The characters are fun and there are also eight music videos throughout the DVD - one after each episode and the music videos feature words taught in the episodes. This DVD really makes learning science, including chemical reactions and Murphy's Law of Gravity, so much fun. It combines high entertainment value with educational value. It would appeal to a wide variety of ages because it is geared towards the younger kids but the music and topics will also appeal to slightly older kids. I recommend this for ages 4 to 11. My favorite parts are the music videos, because they are catchy and really make this DVD! I give this one 5 out of 5 stars!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Very entertaining and informative, the animation is filled with vivid color which draws your attention. It truly makes education fun. Its language is easy to understand, giving young viewers the ability to process the information presented. This is an excellent educational series with each episode containing a different message. In the first episode, the robot teaches the viewers to never not do something because they are told not to and to just be happy doing what you love.

The series teaches various things from human anatomy to space science. For instance, they explain gravitational pull and how it differs from in space versus on Earth. I learned that the quantity of atoms doesn't change but gravitational pull makes you weigh less on the moon and the closer the object, the greater the gravitational pull. Jupiter has more mass than Earth which means it has more gravity and, according to the show, it would be less fun there due to the fact that you couldn't float around. The show uses comedy as well to get its point across.

Every episode has an adventure or a problem to solve. Writers Steven Banks, Steven Darancette and Brian Stampnitsky excelled at creating such a cute show that inspires its audience. In fact, it encourages kids to be scientists. Angie, played by Phillipa Alexander who has a lot of experience doing voice-overs for animated films and, it's great to see her here. I like how they have included text when songs come up. It's a small detail that helps you grasp the significance of the words in the songs.

My favorite scene is in the first episode. When learning about space, the characters portray what is being taught by some green aliens and one of them gets attached to the moon due to the fact the gravitational pull has increased as a result of the mass of the moon. This part was just very funny. I recommend this animated film for ages 2 to 6 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. It is available on DVD now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Giselle T., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: Rock It to the Moon is a fun, educational series that made me laugh while I was learning. This show teaches new cool stuff about gravity, nanobots and the birth of the remote control.

Angie, Kent, JD and Nicky are back with Thomas Edison and Von Bolt the robot to solve all kinds of problems by going back in time to learn from pioneers in science throughout history.

In the first episode, Dancing Machine, Von Bolt is invited to try out for a dance competition. The gang and Thomas Edison realize that he's not such a good dancer and decide to build a remote-controlled suit so Von Bolt can make it to the show. They use the virtual reality room to travel back to Spain in 1903 and discover how to use radio and remote control from Leonardo Torres y Quevedo, an engineer and mathematician who created one of the first designs for a remote-controlled device.

My favorite episode is Murphy's Law of Gravity. The kids are trying to impress web celebrity Mark Zoomerboom with their song about science. Instead he discovers a satellite is falling out of the sky and he panics. The kids must find a way to keep him calm to get their song to go viral. This episode was laugh-out-loud funny and there's a cool gag with penguins to watch out for.

My favorite character in the series is Thomas Edison (Livingston Taylor) because whenever the kids are under pressure or doubting themselves, he comforts them and gives them good advice. I really hoped there would be an episode in this volume that showed how the kids found the lab but that is a loose end for me in the story line and I hope they work it in on a later volume.

Some of the other episodes I liked are Rock It to the Moon because they talk about gravity. Another episode I enjoyed is Nanobots Byte because I didn't know what nanobots were. They are really, really tiny robots - and the episode helped me understand how they work.

I like the music videos in this volume even more than the first DVD, Secret Lab Meeting. Some of them are really catchy and some of them are just kind of weird. I recommend Thomas Edison Secret Lab: Rock It to the Moon to ages 5 to 12. Kids will fall in love with this show pretty easily and I think there are some pretty advanced subjects that older kids might want to learn about.

I give Rock It to the Moon 3 out of 5 stars. I recommend you science fans watch this show that presents high-level science with high amounts of fun. Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: Rock It to the Moon is in stores April 26th so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-11
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


LITTLE PRINCE, THE: THE PLANET OF BAMALIAS
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LITTLE PRINCE, THE: THE PLANET OF BAMALIAS
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Series: DVD, AGES 4-10
Description - On Planet Bamalias, the Little Prince will go through a terrible experience - he will lose his memory. He can't even remember where and why he is there! Planet Bamalias is at the center of five other planets and all these planets depend on it for their survival. Fox is going to try everything to help him recover his lost memory.� Fox tells the Little Prince their story: why they are here, planet-hopping chasing the snake and how it all started. Slowly the Little Prince remembers but will he remember everything in time to save the Bamalias constellation?� Find out in The Planet of Bamalias!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Little Prince: The Planet of Bamalias is not your average fairytale. With many twists and turns, The Little Prince must undertake a difficult journey to gain his memories back and stop the vicious Snake from fulfilling his evil plans to destroy planets. It is the fight between what's right and what is worth fighting for. This is a fight worth watching.

This film is everything but predictable. Just when everything starts to be okay, the evil Snake appears and causes chaos. The most memorable moment is when The Little Prince has a flashback about saving his best friend, Fox. Fox needed the Little Prince to help him get out of a volcano that the Snake threw him in. As they try to get out, the Little Prince finally realizes that he possesses power within himself to conquer all things. It was very sad because he had to decide what was more important friendship or love.

Usually my favorite characters are the heroes but here, Snake is my favorite. Although he is bad, there is just something enticing about the way he moves. I love how he disappears and reappears in a matter of seconds. The editor builds suspense by having dark music play just before he appears. The best characteristic of Snake is his ability to change his form and feed off of people's fears.

This film stands out from others because the director doesn't set a limit to his creativity and imagination. The plot is well developed and the setting takes place in a different galaxy where things are quite different. That is one of the reasons why I recommend this film to ages 4 to 10 because it is an escape from reality but it also discusses important lessons. One of the most important messages is that you should fight for what you believe in. Kids would really identify with the Little Prince because he is little kid trying to learn from his own mistakes and to do the right thing. Parents can really appreciate that this film is educational and encourages the viewers to never give up.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. The Little Prince: The Planet of Bamalias is now available through DVD so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Shelby R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Little Prince: The Planet of Bamalias is a whimsical, colorful show with great animation, lovable characters and an excellent villain. At the end of the volume, I still wanted to see more of the adventures of the Little Prince and his buddy Fox.

Based on the characters created by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, this film follows the Little Prince as he finds the villain, the Snake, casting his shadow over a planet. On this planet, he meets Kimi and Tiksi who every year guide the Bamalias, a sort of sky whale, to the Great Eye. The energy of the Bamalias' song travels through the Great Eye to power the whole constellation of planets that depend on them. Then something terrible happens. The Little Prince and Kimi forget everything, who they are and what their mission is. The Prince's friend and comrade, Fox must help him retrieve his memory so he can stop Snake and get Kimi to remember how to lead the Bamalias to the Great Eye or the constellation is doomed.

My favorite character is Fox because he never gives up on his friend and is very funny. My favorite part is a flashback in which the Little Prince must get Fox out of a hole. The reason he is stuck in a hole is because Snake tricks him into thinking he is going to the planet of chickens. The scene really shows the inseparable camaraderie between the Prince and Fox. The lesson I take from this installment of the Little Prince's adventures is always be loyal to people you love.

The villain in this show, the Snake, is very good at being very bad. He gives people bad ideas and tricks them into carrying out his evil plots. My one problem with this volume is that there are some things left hanging at the end, but I don't want to ruin it for you.

The animation in this show is very good, particularly the character design. The animation is so detailed that even the scales on the Snake look realistic.

I recommend this show for ages 8 to 11 because some younger kids might find the snake scary. If you are a fan of the French book, The Little Prince, you will certainly enjoy this show. I give this DVD 3 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
Runtime: 85 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
      This title is available for purchase from Amazon.com


OCTONAUTS, THE, CREATURE ENCOUNTERS
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OCTONAUTS, THE, CREATURE ENCOUNTERS
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Description - Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats - above and below the waves! On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they encounter strange aquatic creatures of all shapes and sizes! Plunge into a red-hot lava cave as Peso and the team search for a teeny tiny water bear! Race to a colorful coral reef with Shellington as he tries to meet a special jellyfish that can live forever! And escape a scary moray eel with the help of Barnacles, Kwazii and a mysterious master of disguise - the mimic octopus!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Octonauts are sea creatures who swim around and meet other sea animals. They try to help wherever they can and have fun learning as they do so. The kids saw the DVD in the package and became very excited to watch. Their eyes were glued to the screen and they sat quietly. The 10-year-old liked the turtle that tried to eat the jellyfish. Although he said it was "boring", he watched the whole video quietly despite being told he was free to do something else. The 3-year-old liked the character that says "Octonauts to the rescue!" Kids absolutely loved this video!

Reviewed by Jas G., KIDS FIRST! Juror

This DVD contains eight episodes each focusing on a different creature including water bears, immortal jellyfish, sea sponge, duck-billed platypus, mimic octopus, jawfish, remipedes and oarfish. The Octonauts are an interesting group of little explorers who find unique sea animals that can do amazing things. I really like how the action is integrated with education in this series. Kids can learn a lot about animals, but also about the importance of knowledge and how to work together to solve problems. The DVD includes a section with the "creature reports" which are cute chants teaching the basics of the animals. I believe kids ages 4 to 10 would really like this series.

Reviewed by Karyn A., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - While watching this show I noticed the how original it is. It's the only TV I have ever seen about bears that helps creatures and kids seem to really enjoy that. I can say, that even as a teenager this captured my attention. So younger kids would definitely be interested in this show and that's good because then they'll pay attention to all the important messages that it teaches.

Octonauts is a funny and creative show about a group of silly bears that go on adventures and help other creatures underwater. This show teaches important kids important qualities to develop such as generosity, courage and team work. It also teaches how helping is always a great thing to do. Besides teaching important character traits and messages it also teaches educational things too. During the show I noticed how they teach things to each other and take a deeper look at things to make sure the viewer understands. This is good because a kid can have fun learning new and important things without even knowing that they are actually learning.

The scenery in this show is also great. The bright colors and unfamiliar environment of the sea floor really keeps kids in tune with what they are watching. Also, the scenery really adds to the storyline of each episode and adds to the personality of each character. This makes the show more interesting to watch and often lead me to asking myself questions such as "what type of animal was on the screen" or "where were they were in the ocean?" These questions were answered soon afterwards and with lots of thought put into the answer.

I recommend this show for ages 2 to 7 because it is very educational and toddlers who watch it will be very intrigued by the colors, characters and scenery. This show also gets 4 out of 5 stars from me because, though it is educational and fun for little kids, sometimes it got a little too corny for me. I suggest that you show a younger sibling this show as soon as possible because little kids love it.

Reviewed by Samantha A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12


Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
      This title is available for purchase from Amazon.com


ABC MONSTERS: ADVENTURES IN ALPHABET GARDENS! STARRING IJKL
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ABC MONSTERS: ADVENTURES IN ALPHABET GARDENS! STARRING IJKL
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Description - In this DVD, embark on adventures to find the letters I, J, K, and L On an icy cold day, monster I goes missing. Alice, Brian, and Cherry Berry need to find him soon especially since the weather is supposed to get even colder! Will they be able to find him on this icy cold day? Then, Cherry Berry wants to enter the Jester Jamboree but in order to win she feels like she needs to perform something nobody has ever seen before. However, at this same time, J monster goes missing. So once again, Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry go off to find J monster. Where could she have gone? These fun educational adventures continue with finding K and L. Will Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry be able to get all four letter monsters back to Capital Castle before the sun goes down? Find out!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The younger children saw the DVD sleeve and were excited to watch this video. The concept of the alphabet monsters is a very fun one. The story is engaging and despite that the DVD is for younger kids the older kids were singing along and watching as well. Younger kids were singing the alphabet song in the beginning. This is an educational video but the kids were none the wiser (except for older kids)! Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

My 4-year-old granddaughter liked the Holey Moley song and the ABC song as well as her 18 month old brother. She said she liked the cartoons and the music. She also liked telling the answers about finding the missing letters M and helping solve the mystery of the Alphabet Garden. She also enjoyed Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry. She remembered the words marbles, medal and map and said she knew the word map from Dora. I helped her sound out map and now she can spell it! She's very proud of that. In the clip, Noodlicious, she said she liked finding the letters N too. She liked Holey Moley more and we ended up watching it three times in two days.

Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Even though I am much older than the target audience for this show, I must say that the this DVD excels at introducing letters of the alphabet while making it fun and interesting. Throughout the different episodes and stories, there is letter recognition, spelling and the opportunity to write out each letter. These are just a few of the learning mechanisms contained in this volume.

This particular volume focuses on the letters I, J, K and L. Of course, it is very informative with these letters of the alphabet and, at the same time entertains little ones in this aspect of early language learning. The story revolves around the letters missing. They are nowhere to be found. The family and friends of the people that live in Capital Castle must solve riddles and clues to find these missing letters, one episode at a time.

It has many different bright colors which are visually fun and catch the attention of young viewers. The sing along songs are enjoyable and, at the beginning of every episode, I found myself singing the opening song. I enjoyed the songs and like how they transition from one letter to the next as well. My favorite character is the Princess because she is very optimistic and curious - things I relate to. She just wants to know stuff. My favorite episode is "L" mostly because I enjoyed the word choices. Each episode leaves you with wanting more and more. One facet of this show that I don't particularly like is the length. Each episode is about 30 minutes which, in my opinion, is a bit too long to focus on one letter and just three words associated with it.

Parents, this is a great tool to help you introduce your preschooler to words and phonics. You can even watch it with them and show how excited you are when they are learning. Learning is exciting and fun and this is a great age to do so.

I recommend this DVD for ages 2 to 5 and give it 3� out of 5 stars due to its length and limited word choice. It is a great learning DVD for preschoolers and I'm sure the little ones will truly have fun and enjoy it.

ABC Monsters: Adventures in Alphabet Gardens! Starring IJKL is available now DVD, so please check it out.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 7.99
Media: DVD
      This title is available for purchase from Amazon.com


SMART-EZE: MINUTES A DAY, MATH, ENGLISH AND READING COMPREHENSION
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SMART-EZE: MINUTES A DAY, MATH, ENGLISH AND READING COMPREHENSION
FAT RED COUCH Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: APP, AGES 5-12
Description - Smart-EZE apps are designed for review of Math, English Grammar, and Reading Comprehension materials learned during the previous school year, for grades 1-5. The first Smart-EZE lesson is free for a single subject and grade level of your choice. Available for iOS, Android and Kindle tablets. http://fatredcouch.com/products/smart-eze-math-english-and-reading-comprehension-summer-review/
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an intuitive app that is designed to help students, ages 5-12 review and expand upon concepts they learn in school. In my experience with the app, I noticed that it has a well designed user interface that is easy to navigate and is pleasant to look at. There are three subject areas that the app covers: Math, English and Reading. These subjects are covered in sections that each contain questions that will challenge the user to think deeper, to solve problems and to interpret reading. The user can also select the grade level content they wish to work with, making it easy to tailor the experience to individual needs. I believe children will enjoy learning on this app because of its fun style and the fact that it offers rewards for users based on how hard they work. Overall, I believe it is a great example of meeting KIDS FIRST! criteria, but there are a few negatives that I should address. First, I experienced some performance issues, my app was laggy and slow. Secondly, there is not very much sound in the app, which is strange for an app with such a good visual style. Despite those drawbacks, this is a very solid app, which is why I give it 4 stars out of 5.

This app has great exercises in the three subject areas I mentioned above, the obvious benefit is that it is a useful tool for elementary and middle school aged kids to review and expand upon what they learn in class. There are lots of tools that track the user's progress and there is a handy level selector that the user uses to pick up where they left off. Users are also allowed to go back and fix mistakes before moving on.

This app has graphics and colors that help to refine the experience and increase its appeal. Reading, English and math skills are taught in a series of questions. Reading skills require investigation and understanding of passages that are given, the user then has to answer questions about the reading. Math is taught using a more standard approach: multiple choice or write-in questions. English questions require users to complete tasks such as correcting mistakes and defining words. The app has an easily navigable user interface with colored buttons and directions; as well as large, easy to read fonts. I do believe a child would enjoy this because of the fun and colorful design of the app, and because there are periodic rewards for the completion of goals. REviewed by Michael O., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This learning tool is perfect for school-aged kids and I love that it's not boring like a lot of other educational apps I have tried. The main reason for that is the way it awards you digital medals depending on how well you perform. I love getting medals! It made me want to keep playing so I could get more. I wished they used this app in schools. I would look forward to it every day. Parents who prefer only educational games for their kids should definitely check this app out.

Smart-EZE has three different categories: math, reading and writing. Each section asks you a series of questions. Sometimes you have multiple choice answers to choose from and sometimes you have to write in your own answer. I like the reading sections best because the stories are all very funny. I had a trickier time with math because, even though I was playing at my grade level, there were some math concepts I had never seen before and didn't understand. It might be a good idea to make sure your kids know that the app covers lots of different materials and concepts and they might not know all of them. It all just depends what they have covered in school.

Another part that I like is that you are able to go back and repeat questions that you missed until you get them right. Also, Smart-EZE has a parent mode that allows parents to check on their kid's progress and see how many questions they got right or wrong. The only part that bothered me is that the app seemed a little laggy when I played. This was particularly noticeable when using the note pad and watching animation.

I recommend this for kids ages 8 to 12. I rate this app 4 out of 5 stars because it is lots of fun, but the lag is a little frustrating.

Reviewed by Miles Tallia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: App


ONCE UPON A SIGN: THE NEW THREE LITTLE PIGS
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ONCE UPON A SIGN: THE NEW THREE LITTLE PIGS
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Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8
Description - Tom, Larry, and Sunny have all purchased their own land and will be building their own house. All have different ideas on how to build the best house. But which house will be able to stand up to the Wolf? And what valuable lessons will the Piggy family learn in the end?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Parents, if your child loves fairy tales and you want them to see another side of life as they know it, please have them watch The New Three Little Pigs by DawnSign Press! Their Once Upon a Sign series brings fairy tales to life using American Sign Language as a major mode of communication. The actors act and sign ASL while the dialogue is voiced in the background.

This DVD is thoroughly entertaining, current and humorous. The clever dialogue and animation make it fun for parents to sit and watch with the kids. Who doesn't love the older sister pig who is the voice of reason for her sillier younger pig brothers?

Watching this DVD with your child, whether hearing impaired or not, is a fun and brilliant way to introduce sign language and provide a glimpse into different modes of communication. What a great way to broach the conversation with your child about differences and similarities between people with good hearing and those needing sign language.

I heartily rate The New Three Little Pigs 5 out of 5 stars, and recommend the viewing age 3 to 12 years of age.

Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is cute and adorable movie that almost everybody will love. It is perfect for little kids because they will learn a lot. It's also great for older kids because it has a modern twist on a fairy tale. I think they will really enjoy it and relate to it as well. It is really funny how they play on words when they are playing with video games and stuff. It is really funny and made me laugh.

Now, the background is awesome. It looks like it is hand drawn and it kind of made me feel as if I jumped into the fairy tale. It made me feel as if I was there, standing as a little pig myself. Standing ... It is just so cute. They have real life props that look like you could pick them up and play with them. And the cute little piggies are so so so adorable. Plus, I learned how to garden, how to use sign language and also, about how this family could have fun.

Now, we get to learn sign language at the end which is very cool. I have always been interested in learning how to do sign language for quite a while and I bet other kids have as well. With this DVD, the hearing impaired can also listen to it and watch it and know what is being said.

My favorite character is probably Funny Piggy. She is a great female character. She shows kids that it's great to work hard and they can have fun doing that as well. She reminds us to always try to do your best no matter what. This is a life action film. I think adults would enjoy it as well as kids. I recommend it for ages 3 to 11 depending on your style. I give this DVD 4.5 out of 5 twinkling stars. It is available now from DawnSign Press and wherever DVDs are sold so, check it out.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 25 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15.96
Media: DVD


NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE
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NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE
MACGILLIVRAY FREEMAN FILMS Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-18
Description - National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX� 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America's most legendary outdoor playgrounds.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From MacGillivray/Freeman productions and narrated by Academy Award� winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX� 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America's most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the national parks with world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America's majestic parks in an action-packed expedition that will inspire the adventurer in us all. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Benjamin P. comments, "I found myself even tearing up at the astounding landscapes in our country." See his full review below. National Parks Adventure
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - National Parks Adventure is a new, eye-popping IMAX celebration of the most amazing places in the world. I found myself even tearing up at the astounding landscapes in our country.

Narrated by Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure follows climber Conrad Anker, his stepson Max and their friend Rachel as they explore our National Parks. The film also takes you back in time to witness the camping trip that President Theodore Roosevelt took to Yosemite to see how much it needed to be protected.

National Parks Adventure has magical cinematography and an emotional soundtrack that puts a new spin on American classics such as "This Land Is Your Land." The film balances a lot of stories and still makes the 45-minute film not feel rushed. It will keep your eyes glued to the screen because you will be enthralled in the history of how the park system was born and you'll see the amazing adventures people have exploring the national parks today. It is very cool to see the parks I haven't visited and get a sense of what it's like to be there in real, and even bigger than real, life. I also like seeing the parks that I have visited from the filmmakers' point of view.

My favorite part of the movie is when Conrad, Max and Rachel visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There are shots of them climbing up frozen waterfalls that made me feel like I was right behind them. Another scene I loved was of cute little prairie dogs that IMAX makes look like towering creatures bigger than me.

I really enjoyed the cinematography. Five film crews visited forty parks and took nine months to make this movie. They shot it on 65mm IMAX film. That is a big deal because this will probably be one of the last IMAX films to use large-format celluloid instead of going digital. This movie is also a big deal for the national parks because 2016 marks the centennial of the park system.

National Parks Adventure takes you on an exciting and educational journey. Younger kids may not be able to appreciate the history so the movie is probably best for ages 5 to 15. But all audiences will enjoy this beautiful movie. It is one of the best IMAX movies I have seen.

I give National Parks Adventure 5 out of 5 stars.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


MATH WITH MATTHEW: PYTHAGOREAN PROJECT
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MATH WITH MATTHEW: PYTHAGOREAN PROJECT
DR. MATTHEW BEYRANEVAND Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: INSTRUCTIONAL, AGES 7-18
Description - Math with Matthew is designed to get children interested in a full range of mathematical concepts, in an easy-to-understand, yet informative way that both kids and their parents can enjoy! A fast-paced show that combines comedy and music with mathematics.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Parents, you will love this series! While I was watching Math with Matthew: The Pythagorean Project, my 8th grade daughter stopped what she was doing, sat down with me, watched, chatted and enjoyed learning about the Pythagorean Theorem. SERIOUSLY! Dr. Matthew Beyranevand, a K-12 Mathematics and Science Coordinator for the Chelmsford Public Schools, has created a brilliant episode that teaches and reinforces a variety of mathematical concepts for elementary, middle and senior high students. Matthew and his sidekick Rhombus make learning math both fun and memorable. The show is packed with a variety of skits, gags, songs and graphics that are current, informative, and funny for kids as well as adults. I highly recommend that parents and educators incorporate Math with Matthew into their student's math instruction and review. This math show can help even reticent math students find joy and humor in math and learn to enjoy the subject. Five out of five stars for Dr. Beyranevand and his brilliant Math with Matthew series!

I found myself wanting to join them in having fun while learning about math. The music, games, graphics and clever writing make the videos truly enjoyable. You almost forget that you are learning math at the same time. I love how the videos jump from one activity to another, making it really appealing for kids and teens. Music is interspersed between skits and math demonstrations. Very well constructed for the cognitive development of young students.

The characters are funny, engaging and make you feel like you already know them or want to know them. Behaviors and dialogue are appropriate, but current and in line with how students think and talk. The math demonstrations definitely support inquiry, investigation and help the viewer to see how math can be used anywhere and by anyone. The episodes are full of different skits, each with simple costumes, props, settings, etc. The total package is one of a comfortable, fun school district created show, rather than an expensive, glitzy big studio production. But that is part of the charm, because it makes you think anyone, yourself included, can have fun making a show like this one.

Any student struggling with math, or just interested in math, will benefit from watching the Math with Matthew series. I can see students wanting to try some of the math problems that they saw during the episode. In the show everyone is having such a good time doing math, it makes you want to participate! Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Math for me was a very challenging subject when I was in school. Math with Matthew: Pythagorean Project is a creative presentation of a not so easy concept to learn. It is very important for students to have a good understanding about triangles, right angles, simple problem solving and square roots. Matthew presents these elements in a simple, step by step manner and the contrast between Matthew and Rhombus is very good. Matthew wants Rhombus to agree that the Pythagorean Theory is the most important mathematical discovery and even after Matthew presents all his examples, Rhombus is still not convinced and cleverly leads into the next concept- Pi!

Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

Math for me was a very challenging subject when I was in school. Math with Matthew: Pythagorean Project is a creative presentation of a not-so-easy concept to learn. It is very important for students to have a good understanding about triangles, right angles, simple problem-solving and square roots. Matthew presents these elements in a simple step-by-step manner and the contrast between Matthew and Romus is very good. Matthew wants Romus to agree that the Pythagorean Theory is the most important mathematical discovery and, even after Matthew presents all his examples, Romus is still not convinced and cleverly leads into the next concept - PI!

Reviewed by Jan B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I am a kid and I love Math with Matthew! It is a fun and sometimes silly way to learn how to do different things in math. Math with Matthew uses different techniques to teach you what you are learning about, so it is helpful for kids no matter how they learn: visual, auditory, through repetition or songs. In the episode about how to do the Pythagorean Theorem they sing it, write it out and do activities using the Pythagorean Theorem. Math with Matthew would help lots of kids learn math. I recommend it for ages 5 to 8 depending on what you need to learn. I also rate it 5out of 5 stars because of all the ways they teach you. I am going to ask my teachers to show us Math with Matthew at school. Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST Film Critic.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED
KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED
PBS - THIRTEEN/WNET
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18
Description - Like the first series, the second installment of "Shakespeare Uncovered" combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts - Hugh Bonneville, Kim Cattrall, Joseph Fiennes, Morgan Freeman, David Harewood, and Christopher Plummer - to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Series 2 Shakespeare Uncovered is insightful and interesting. These documentaries include history, biography and the real stories behind the famous plays. What makes it even more intriguing is the narration and personal passions of the six celebrity hosts. A Midsummer Night's Dream with Hugh Bonneville, Kind Lear with Christopher Plummer, Othello with David Harewood, Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall, Romeo and Juliet with Joseph Fiennes and my favorite, The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman. The Analysis and descriptions given through out the DVDs are my favorite part. Even if you have seen all of the plays, you will learn something new. I am familiar with the plays and I learned a great deal about really comprehending and understanding the story lines and the characters. If you aren't familiar with the plays, you will be motivated to see them all. You really learn about the true history of each Shakespeare play and really get to appreciate the characters and understand them. The personal passion of each of the six films really shines through because the Hosts also seem to be passionate about the films.There is a simple Scene Selection, Set Up and there are no other special features but the DVD series truly is a special feature. I give this one 5 stars!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - coming
Runtime: 360 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: Video and DVD

BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA
LORETTE BAYLE Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18
Description - In a style similar to "Wonders of the African World", Skip Gates will travel to places in Latin America where Africa has touched the continent with lasting cultural results to explore what happens when African and Hispanic worlds meet.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming
Runtime: 240 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.99
Media: DVD
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LEAN
This title is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
LEAN
OLIVE RANCH ROAD PRODUCTOINS
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - An older African American man looks back on the traumatic event that changed his life.
Runtime: 7.5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

KIDS FIRST QUALIFIED ENDORSEMENT
BAILEY BEE BELIEVES, THE FIVE B'S
JENNIFER HILLMAN Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: DVD AGES 2-5
Description - Bailey Bee and Jennifer will take you on an amazing journey inside a hive. Once they get inside the hive, Bailey will introduce Jennifer to an important book. The book jumps right into the animated characters of them learning the five B's. The children and Jennifer learn about: Body Parts, Boundaries, how to Be Brave: Yell and Tell, how to Bust Secrets, and to Be Bold and Believe. Throughout the DVD, there are opportunities for the children and Jennifer to earn stickers on their chart. Once the stickers are earned, then they receive Bailey's badge. Also, there is high repetition and wonderful music to engage this age group. For purchase, go to http://baileybeebelieves.com/store/
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD is meant to increase awareness of sexual abuse for young children ages 2 to 6. Kids are taught about the five B's - body parts, boundaries, bravery, bust secrets and be bold and believe. This DVD discusses in a child friendly manner a very sensitive topic.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very important video and can be very useful for increasing awareness of sexual abuse among very young children. The children themselves enjoyed the cartoon and music. It may be useful to create a girl version and a boy version. At the ages of 2-6, some parents did not want anatomical terms used. In that case, the majority of the video could not be viewed by the children. Those parents did not let their child watch the video starting from 5:19 when the terms "penis" and "vagina" are used. Those children had not heard these terms before. For parents who are comfortable with anatomical terms being used, this works well. Hence our qualitied yes ranking.
Runtime: 33 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 34.99
Media: DVD

FRENCH FOR KIDS: DEDANS ET DEHORS (INSIDE AND OUT)
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FRENCH FOR KIDS: DEDANS ET DEHORS (INSIDE AND OUT)
WHISTLEFRITZ LLC Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: FRENCH FOR KIDS
Description - Finding the mischievous mouse, Fritzi, is part of the fun in this lively French language learning video. An engaging interactive format teaches parts of the house, foods, activities and more. Colorful backgrounds, lively music, charming animation, and live action are your passport to fun.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun way for young children to learn French. It makes learning the language of French easier and has fun characters. I did not find anything unappealing. Young children will like finding the mischievous mouse Fritzi and enjoy the upbeat songs. There are fun characters and is engaging. It flows flow well and has an engaging format that young children will be delighted with. It is watchable, educational and fun. This DVD will make learning French easier for young children as they explore inside and out of the adorable Mouse's (Fritzi) house learning different words in French such as le salon (the living room). It is fun to watch and also includes an easy-to-use translation guide. Liveliness, fun and wanting to learn are a few behaviors shown through out. Characters are treated with respect and there really isn't any negativity displayed in this DVD. "What new words did you learn in French?" What is la cuisine? (the kitchen) and so on. "What was your favorite part and why?" It is fun to watch with colorful animation, upbeat music and fun characters. It does have visual and sound appeal and will delight and entertain young children while they also learn new words in French. It includes and easy-to-use translation guide for parents and teachers as well as French subtitles. It is entertaining and will entertain young children but it will also teach new words in French so it is also very educational and is a great, fun way to learn French. Young children may want to learn more French or another language in the series. Most likely they will also want to watch this one again.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This DVD is a fun way to learn beginning French. It has upbeat music, fun characters like Fritzi the Mouse and colorful animation. It is a great way for kids ages 2 to 7 to learn how to speak simple French words and I think that they will want to watch it over and over. It's also fun to try to find Fritzi throughout the DVD but over all, the best part is that it is fun! It has fun, colorful images and backgrounds and the live animation is good too. The music is upbeat and I think that kids would like to dance and jump around when they watch it. My nephew also watched it and he's 3. He really liked it and was repeating the French words.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD

This title is available for purchase from WHISTLEFRITZ LLC

COOL KIND KID
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
COOL KIND KID
COOL KIND KID Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: STUDENT MUSIC CD, ELEMENTARY
Description - Winner of more than 15 national awards, including Parents' Choice and Teachers' Choice. 17 original songs, each teaching a different social skill. The fun way for kids 2-9 to learn social skills to reject bullying. Kids are engaged as they learn "the kind kid is a COOL kid, not the bully."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This CD is a 17 set of character-affirming songs that present children with options to make positive choices in their daily existence of life, school and home with special attention paid t peer pressure. The songs are well produced and performed with a mix of adult and child performers. An array of musical styles from rock to pop to folk infuse the messages of manners, respect and making a stand with an accessible immediacy. The collection is a valuable teaching tool for parents and educators to integrate into their bag of tricks. The structure is sound. Every song has a behavior that ideally should be modeled - manners, standing up for what is right, following rules, kindness and similar. The content is age appropriate and, of course, emphasizes that it is "cool to be kind."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very cool music CD which includes 17 songs that demonstrate how to be polite and well mannered, with a catchy beat! I honestly thought it may be a little cheesy but the CD pleasantly surprised me. The first song of the album, "Cool Kind Kid," is simply perfect for teaching younger kids about proper behavior.

All songs in the album not only send positive message but lead kids with an example. Music ranges from rock and roll to slow and soothing, to upbeat and modern. Each song is completely different from the last and concentrates on one specific item. For example, one of my favorites, "When the Telephone Rings" talks about how to pick up and answer telephone correctly.

There are 17 songs in total. Each of the songs is about two to three minutes long. All somewhat tell a story and even though you may not realize, all teach you a lesson as well.

Most of the songs are catchy. However, there are a couple that feel a bit forced and probably would have benefited from a better singer. But those are an exception and I do like the fact that the majority of the songs are sung by kids. Since I'm 12, the songs were a bit childish for me but I could see a class of preschoolers enjoying it and singing along. I also found it very smart to make this for such little kids, so when they grow up, they have good manners and a clear understanding between right and wrong.

My favorite song is "When the Telephone Rings." The song is about being polite during a call, and I like it the most because the voice is very impressive and the lyrics are catchy. It all wraps up nicely as the song explores three different situations with a good sense of humor.

These songs are for little kids, so I think the best age rating is 2 to 6. I don't believe older kids would enjoy it or benefit from the message as much. Younger kids would not understand the purpose of it. I also give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed By Gerry Orz, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 10.95
Media: AUDIO


ELENA'S CRAZY KITCHEN:  HAPPY HOLIDAY SPECIAL
ELENA'S CRAZY KITCHEN: HAPPY HOLIDAY SPECIAL
JPG, INC. Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-8
Description - Elena and Razzle make treats for the holidays! In this episode they make a Snowman Cookie, and a Reindeer Candy Cane ornament. They exchange gifts and Razzle anxiously awaits a visit from Secret Santa Sock.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series

BEST IN ME, THE
KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
BEST IN ME, THE
SONG WIZARDS RECORDS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Description - Celebrating the best in all of us! Kickin' pop tunes spotlight helping children make good character choices even when faced with difficult situations. Musicians, vocals and songs are all first-rate and reach out rather than lecture.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - First of all, "The Best Of Me" rocks!" Second, if you enjoy great music, musicians, songwriting and performances wrapped in lovely messages of positive character choices and love, then you've come to the right place. Sit down and listen a spell or insert it into the car CD player and listen a bit. Parents will enjoy and appreciate the content as well as the kids which will hopefully lead to family discourse on the topics. Good Stuff! I think this album is a banner for motivational action. I can see this CD incorporated into lesson plans for older children where there is a dire need for materials on character. This is a socially interactive, educational album that hits its target audience. The music is top rate. There is a menu and fresh caught lobster is on it (gr). It comes with a booklet. The album is true, first of all to itself, and second to its intended audience. This is a respectful address to the age group for which it is intended. I love a CD where sometimes you need to reach for language. The quality is excellent; the production value draws the listener into a safe place to receive the message. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a positive CD with catchy songs and lyrics that kids can relate to. My favorite song was "Place of Character" because it mentions landmarks and is catchy enough to dance to. I recommended this to some other kids but not all my friends because some songs are too slow. Overall, there are no bad words and the songs are good. I liked that the CD came with a lyric book so I could read the lyrics as the song played.
Runtime: 78 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: AUDIO
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KUNG FU FOR TEENS
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
KUNG FU FOR TEENS
YMAA PUBLICATION CENTER, INC Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - Specifically designed for teens ages 12-18, the workout will develop your physical conditioning while you learn effective martial arts techniques. This program takes the mystery out of martial arts training and offers a clear explanation of the exercises needed to become a Kung Fu practitioner. Ben Warner teaches traditional Kung Fu techniques and principles in an easy to follow workout.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Teaches teens how to do Kung Fu and includes warm up exercises and post workout exercises. It is well produced so anyone can follow along. The exercises are easy to follow and show a variety of different types of workouts. The structures is similar to going to a Kung Fu studio to take a lesson. It's not the most exciting thing to watch unless you are interested in the topic. The strategies are well explained. There is nothing inappropriate here. Strength and motivation are the main behaviors that are emphasized by Ben Warner who teaches in an efficient and safe way. The production is well done. The sound is clear, the visuals are good although they all take place in the same location. There is no variety. It may motivate teens to learn Kung Fu and show them that it isn't as difficult as they may have thought.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kung Fu means "energy and time", this means Kung Fu can be applied in anything where energy and time is necessary. Thus, Kung Fu is important and valuable in every aspect. Kung fu also helps build strength, health and mental focus. Work is needed to gain strength to stay healthy. This DVD how-to video helps to explain how Kung Fu is useful for everything.

Learning something new can be fun and exciting. "Kung Fu for Teens" is a how-to video that shows teens step by step how to master simple techniques of Kung Fu. The Instructor is Ben Warner who teaches Kung fu with a friendly personality. There are also teens doing the movements which is very encouraging. The video starts of with an easy warm-up then progresses to a teach viewers the basic stance and punches of Kung Fu.

Warming up is very important because it "warms up your body" so injury does not happen. From stretching to in-place running, all the warm ups help your muscles stay active. Next are the workouts, these are more intense because all the jumping and running stimulate the blood to the heart. These warm-up and workout methods are helpful because it can be used for any occasion to stay active. Then the important part comes, learning the basics of Kung Fu. He demonstrates tons of moves, which all have unique names such as horse riding stance, mountain climber, and golden rooster. Everyone can do these moves from children to adults.

I really enjoyed "Kung Fu for Teen, because it is easy to follow and learn from. I rate the age range of this how-to video from 10 and above because some of the movements are more mature. I rate it 5 stars our of 5 because of its simplicity and application to the real world. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Patrick N, age 14.
Runtime: 105 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-13
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.95
Media: DVD


MIGHTY SKY, THE
KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
MIGHTY SKY, THE
BNC RECORDS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Description - Children can musically explore the mysteries and wonders of the universe with this beautifully crafted album focusing on the science of astronomy and featuring a variety of musical styles presenting important celestial facts and fun.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I cannot emphasize enough how important the combination of terrific musicianship, production value and lyrics are to a concept album like "The Mighty Sky." Now granted, Beth Nielsen Chapman has written world class songs and has access to a musical palette of top-flight talent, which is value added for the parent who is looking for a stimulating concept that will pique their child's interest and lead them to learn more. I wish this had been around when I was a kid but, guitars weren't invented then. Children are going to be jazzed to learn more about the universe, which in and of itself is a fascinating mystery for young minds. This traditional music CD comes with a gorgeous fold-out of the solar system in the liner notes. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This CD is not only fun with catchy lyrics and different music styles, it makes learning fun as it teaches young children about astronomy and the amazing universe. The kids were entertained and had fun learning. Their comments: "Great!" "I'd watch it again." All the kids enjoyed it in our sample group of 6-10 year-olds. The 6 and 8 year olds liked it best. The 10 year olds said it was cool but they didn't dance around like the younger ones. The younger ones said they'd listen to it again, the older ones, not so much. Everyone thought their friends would enjoy learning more about astronomy and liked the rock 'n roll song best. One boy said he liked the facts because they were real and accurate. "It kind of tells the story of the universe but not really." "It respects the universe." They all sang along to The Big Bang Boom and seemed to enjoy it best because of the catchy tune.
Runtime: 32 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: AUDIO
      This title is available for purchase from Amazon.com


POP, ROCK AND LEARN WITH MUSIC
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
POP, ROCK AND LEARN WITH MUSIC
HASKINS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Receiving an O.U.C.H. alert (Obtrusive Unidentifiable Curriculum Hysteria) from Earth, Professor Pop Rock and I.Q. magically zoom in to transform boring book reports into explosive music videos with 4 lessons: Dial 911, Strangers, Say No & Self-ID. This title for purchase at www.poprockandlearn.com
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a crime prevention and safety video that is meant to be used by parents, educators and after school groups. The age/grade level is 9-13 (4-7 grade). There are four parts that are introduced by a robot with loud rock music, montages of children dancing, singing and moving about. The four themes are 911, stranger danger, saying no to drugs, bullying and self-identity.

The program is 35 minutes. Each segment is acted out with music, photos and messages printed on-screen. At the end of each segment there is a list of ten tips for discussion. The video can be paused after each tip so it can be discussed.

There is a website (www.poprockandlearn.com) where adults can chat, teachers can find lesson plans and there is a part called Club Pop Rock that is supposed to have games and safety tips each month. We did not review the lesson plans. It requires signing in and we did not do that. The children's section has pdf versions of games, coloring pages and quizzes that can be printed out.

The entire program can be purchased as one 35 min. DVD or teachers can order the teacher pack. The website provides details of what is included.

This is a very upbeat program. The music probably appeals more to kids than adults. The safety information is excellent and could easily lead to lots of interesting discussions. We recommend it.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a great educational video for young kids. It shows kids the importance of knowing how to be safe in case of an emergency. The video teaches kids the correct and appropriate way of dialing 911, how to deal with strangers, saying no to bad influences and knowing how to contact your family with self-identity all while having fun.

Professor Pop Rock makes learning fun!

What I like about this film is how it really makes learning fun for kids. This educational film takes great information and turns them into rap songs and dance parties to make learning an enjoyable experience. The narrator makes rhymes about the topics they're discussing so kids don't ever bored. This is a great way to teach kids the importance of safety all while having fun. What I didn't really like is all the flashing on the screen. It may bother your eyes so I suggest watching the movie on large TV screen rather than a computer.

All the dancers do a great job incorporating cool dance moves with the lesson they are teaching. For example when the kids are dancing to a song about calling 911, they do hand motions like they are on the phone. They also do a great job of dancing.

My favorite scene is when all the dancers dance to a song about saying no to drugs and peer pressure and they put their hands in front of themselves saying no. All the songs in the film are very catchy.

I recommend this movie for ages 3-6 because younger kids are the ones who need to learn safety rules. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. You can get this movie online. Reviewed by Jailene A. age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 35 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.95
Media: DVD


RUBY'S STUDIO: THE FRIENDSHIP SHOW
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RUBY'S STUDIO: THE FRIENDSHIP SHOW
THE MOTHER COMPANY Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - Part of the award-winning Ruby's Studio series. Features adorable live-action host, Ruby, who leads viewers on an engaging adventure through fun animated sequences, art projects and original music - all geared toward helping children resolve conflict and show empathy, kindness and loyalty toward their peers.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is such a simple and sweet video about friends. The main character is so nice and the kids will love watching her. She is very inviting and her studio is warm and welcoming. This is a wonderful show for preschoolers and young children to learn about what it means to be a friend, have a friend and get along with others. The golden rule is taught early on and the kids in the video talk a lot about their friends. The actual studio is very colorful, warm and engaging. The pace changes often from talking, to singing and dancing, to animation, etc., and it keep your attention as a result. Kids are given a chance to think about their feelings and how to behave with others. Ruby's studio is very colorful and engaging. It resembles a preschool classroom. Ruby breaks into song and dance with the kids occasionally and it breaks up any monotony in the flow. There is also an animated cartoon, "Friendship", after activity time, which explains step-by-step how to make a friend.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This award winning show is a must have for every child and will definitely help with their childhood. In "Ruby's Studio", Ruby tells you everything there is to know about friendship. She tells you how to make friends, keep friends, how to treat your friends and cover real life situations on how to relate to them. She also tells stories that show you what to do if you and your friend have a disagreement. Most importantly, Ruby covers the golden rule; treat others the way you want to be treated. I like "Ruby's Studio: The Friendship Show" because of the real life scenes, the activities and the songs which teach you valuable lessons. It seems as though the kids on the show are giving real honest answers, not fake at all. I like that it's interactive with the kids on the show and the fun they are having with the different activities. One craft activity I like is the making of a friendship tree. You can place the names of your friends on it with what you think they enjoy or like. I like that this is a show that is very kid friendly. It's fun with bright colors, upbeat songs, and interesting stories. It provides great tips and gives you a recap of everything. Kids 3 to 7 well definitely love this show because it is interactive with its viewers, making you feel like you are included. Kids will also like it if they are seeking help for their relationships with their own friends. I give Ruby's Studio 5 out of 5 stars. It gives great lessons, it's interactive and has real life examples of problems that kids may face with their friends. There is not one thing that I dislike about this show. I believe it is a great program. For parents, this show is educational in every way and you will love it with helping to raise your child. "Ruby's Studio: The Friendship Show" is available now on DVD. Brianna Hope Beaton, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

This is a great movie for kids to learn the Golden Rule. Ruby's Studio has many different shows. This particular one is about Friendship. This movie shows children how to make friends, understand to their friends and how to talk to them. The movie shows real kids feelings and has a lot of colorful displays, arts and crafts to keep children's attention. It also repeats the messages several times so younger children can remember what the messages of the movie are all about. We need to hear how other kids are feeling so we can understand better. We should try to talk to our friends and see why they are feeling the sadness or not want to play. My favorite character is Ruby. She is pretty and speaks slowly and make sure that all the children understand the message. The movie is fun and full of arts and crafts. The lesson in this movie is "The Golden Rule"; you treat others like you want to be treated. I rank this movie 5 out of 5 stars. This movie's age range is 3 -5. Cheyenne Nguyen, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

I like this show because it really explores the elements of friendship and what it means to be a friend. "Ruby's Studio: The Friendship Show" stars a daycare manager named Ruby played by Kelsey Collins who teaches four kids, played by Skylar Cano, Levi James, Armani Pickett, and Maxwell Vu, about friendship and how to be a good friend. Many fun activities and videos help promote friendship. My favorite scene in this episode of "Ruby's Studio" is a video clip with animated cartoon soccer balls, basketballs, and bowling balls who teach kids that they can overcome their differences and become friends. My favorite character is the soccer ball in the video clip. I like the soccer ball because he is not afraid of anything and he stands up for himself. This forty-five minute preschool show is directed by Samantha Kurtzman-Counter, produced by Christine Ecklund, and written by Ruby Vanderzee. I recommend this show for kids ages five through eight because it teaches kids skills that they should know before fourth grade. I give this show three and a half out of five stars because although this show does teach helpful skills, it can be very slow at times. Camille Bajema, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD
      This title is available for purchase from Amazon.com


HOW TO UNMAKE A BULLY: BYSTANDERS
This title is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
HOW TO UNMAKE A BULLY: BYSTANDERS
MOVIEQUEST PRODUCTIONS Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - Three friends enlist classmates in a heroic journey toward providing super-powered backup to targets of bullying. One student battles his inner doubts as to whether or not he can ever be a hero. Sequel to How To Unmake A Bully.
Runtime: 28 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 20
Media: DVD

STEPS4KIDS TO DRAW
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
STEPS4KIDS TO DRAW
STEPS4KIDS, LLC Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-8
Description - Video modeling to help teach children aged 4 and up how to draw shapes, animals, people and things! Viewers can easily learn how to draw over 40 items ranging from zoo animals to faces and profiles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an interactive drawing program. A narrator shows step-by-step how to draw different things including people, animals and objects. The narrator is very clear in how she explains her drawings and shows alternative ways of drawing the same things. She also gives options of how to enhance the drawing. It is easy to follow along and will motivate all ages to try because they make it looks so easy. Simple production, music and lighting are appropriate to the educational content.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This DVD helped kids draw people, shapes, things and animals. They like drawing the objects most. The kids enjoy trying to copy the different drawings and follow the video exactly. They also like to add their own enhancements. The kids wanted to draw along and each told stories about how they made things in their school. They were inspired to create and to discuss.
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-9
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD

This title is available for purchase from STEPS4KIDS, LLC

WORLDS TOGETHER: EAST AFRICA
KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
WORLDS TOGETHER: EAST AFRICA
MASTER COMMUNICATIONS Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-12
Description - East Africa provides a ground level view of a lightly visited part of the world. Visit the cities of Kampala, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, and see the wonderful people of East Africa close up, as they go about their lives.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The film travels through four areas of East Africa, capturing diverse and vivid lives of the people living there. The material covered is quite comprehensive: geography, food, religion, music, architecture and language - all duly addressed in 25 minutes. I am impressed with the things the film maker chose to photograph and how it enhanced the topic. A good use of the timeframe and explored the subject well. There are so many smiling faces! The varied expressions of people realizing that they are being filmed while others go about their daily activities seemingly unaware. You get the feeling you are walking among the crowd in the city, riding the train and viewing the forward cars climbing the mountain, being on a bus and seeing monkeys in the road, sitting in the square watching people converse and enjoying children playing. Simply filmed, but the choices of what to film illustrates the information and brings you into the lives of these people.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The whole movie has a nice atmosphere and a lot of pretty things to see. It's entertaining and educational, a good introduction, but made me want to know more. "I like seeing other people and cultures - what they eat and do." "I like seeing the kids in native clothing." "I didn't know Africa was so built up, having only seen movies that show it more primitive." "I learned that they eat squid that are so large and wondered what they tasted like." "The landscapes are beautiful, waterfalls and mountains, sky and city lights."
Runtime: 25 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.95
Media: DVD

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WORLDS TOGETHER: ETHIOPIA
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WORLDS TOGETHER: ETHIOPIA
MASTER COMMUNICATIONS Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-12
Description - Ethiopia provides a ground level view of a lightly visited part of the world. Visit the 800-year old Christian churches of Lalibela, some carved into volcanic rock. See the wonderful diversity of the people of Ethiopia as they go about their lives.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A documentary narrated by a kid, and it is a very educational view of Ethiopia. Shows a positive and realistic view of what it is like to live in Ethiopia, from a child's perspective. Teaches history, culture, geography and the diversity of the people living there. Shows the poverty, but also shows the beauty. Children can learn about other children that live in this far away place. Educational from beginning to end. I like how you see the characters at work and at play, they are working together and look happy. A child can see how their culture is different, but also the similarities, to their own.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Shows us how it is to really live in Ethiopia." "It is interesting." They like how the kids in the film look happy and are playing. "I like learning about geography." "I like to learn about different cultures." Even though it was purely educational, they show interest all the way through. "I like the music in the background." "It is cool that it is narrated by a boy." "I like that it is a real documentary and shows how people dress and work." "I didn't know that Ethiopia had grass because TV never shows that part. I like seeing a better view of it." Before the film some of the kids said they thought Ethiopia was just "poor and sad because they don't live like we do in the US." After, they were interested in learning more about other countries. "It wasn't how I had pictured Ethiopia in my mind." Kids are stimulated to discussion after viewing and verbally express learning a lot from the film, from history to geography to how people live in Ethiopia.
Runtime: 25 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.95
Media: DVD
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WORLDS TOGETHER: WEST AFRICA
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WORLDS TOGETHER: WEST AFRICA
MASTER COMMUNICATIONS Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - West Africa provides a ground level view of a lightly visited part of the world. Visit the cities of Timbuktu, Dakar and Bamako. See the Cape Verde Islands and the Niger River. Meet the wonderful people of West Africa as they go about their lives.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Educational and positive. It shows how people live in the different cities in West Africa and teaches many facts from what languages are spoken to what foods they eat, to how they work and play. In addition to telling facts, it shows them so a child can visually see and understand. A great teaching tool for young children! The scenes near the river are breath-taking and the production quality is very good. A valuable educational film, not overwhelming and easy to follow.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Takes you through cities such as Timbuktu, Dakar and shows you the Cape Verde Islands. Teaches culture and diversity. Kids like learning a bunch of different facts. It is a great learning film for schools. Although it was educational, they are not bored and enjoy the quick pace. "Kids seem happy even though they only have things like balls and hoops to play with." "I was surprised that kids were always smiling and happy even though they don't have things like video games." "It shows how they live, how they dress." They enjoy the narration and the way the scenes progress. Kids showed an interest in learning more about West Africa. "It's an optimistic view of how people really live in West Africa."
Runtime: 25 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.95
Media: DVD

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FLIP THE SCRIPT
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FLIP THE SCRIPT
FLIP THE SCRIPT
Series: INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Three teams of kids, ages 6-10, learn the ins and outs of creating, directing and producing their own TV show. Follow the kids' journeys as they learn what it takes to put a production together.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Kids who normally are in front of the camera get the chance to "flip the script" and find out what goes on behind the scenes. A good demonstration for young people who may have thought about working in the world of entertainment as an actor, or other areas of film production. It does a good job of defining the roles behind the camera. Often times young people only look at the glitz and glamour of being the actor in front of the camera. This shows organization, brainstorming, teamwork, respect for each other, hard work and fun. Encourages and inspires kids to work together as a team to create a great show. Kids learn how ideas from everyone can be put together to make a good product. This is a great DVD to show children, especially those who are interested in acting and film making.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A bunch of kids who were actors were selected to see what it would be like to be behind the camera. Kids were divided into three teams and they had to decide what type of TV show they wanted to make. They decided on the name, what jobs each would do and even held auditions and picked the actors. Once they created their show, a panel of judges picked the winner. The kids like the idea of kids doing everything to produce the TV show. They like the way they work together and commented on how they decided on their roles. "My favorite part is when the teams are coming up with their ideas and talking about zombies." "I liked the auditions, and when one kid was recognized from being on Are You As Smart As a Fifth Grader." They like the music. It was cool how the adults who help the kids do not try to tell them what to do. Kids were motivated to do their own Flip The Script.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV

SPANISH FOR KIDS: LA FIESTA DE FRITZI
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SPANISH FOR KIDS: LA FIESTA DE FRITZI
WHISTLEFRITZ LLC Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 2-5, ANIMATION
Description - Join the language-learning celebration as Maria and kids plan a party for Fritzi. Entertaining animation, live-action and songs teach words for toys, colors, familiar objects and more. Features traditional birthday serenade by Jorge Anaya.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Spanish for Kids is a wonderful, fun video full of songs and energy. There is a main character who talks to a mouse and a group of kids in Spanish and teaches new words. Kids will love to watch the fun and likely learn new words, but more importantly they will become excited to learn a new language. The Spanish words are accurate and ell selected. The whole thing is very upbeat and enjoyable.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - coming soon
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD

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HEALTHIER HAPPIER LIFE SKILLS: HEALTH: FUN TIME, RELAX TIME
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HEALTHIER HAPPIER LIFE SKILLS: HEALTH: FUN TIME, RELAX TIME
PENNIE SEMPELL & CO Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-8, ANIMATION
Description - In a music-rich, animated environment, children learn strategies for healthy habits, building a strong body and handling stress. Lively Q&A and hit songs engage children in a world of wellness and language arts, learning in a fun radio show format.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The basic premise is great: teach kids and families about being healthy. The content is respectful and the songs are simple. There is a mock panel of experts that receives telephone calls from children on various topics and then the singing begins explaining the basis of the topic being discussed in that particular episode. It seems a little disjointed at times and the menu is cumbersome and not easy to navigate. The production quality is a bit amateurish, with voices not appearing to come from the panelists mouths and a sort of PowerPoint style presentation for parts. There is good information in here.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids had trouble staying engaged. The subjects covered clearly need to be facilitated by an adult. Younger kids were confused and older ones weren't interested. Some of the songs were fun and they liked the talk show host concept.
Runtime: 50 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29
Media: DVD ISBN # 9780962413544

HEALTHIER HAPPIER LIFE SKILLS: HAPPINESS: THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
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HEALTHIER HAPPIER LIFE SKILLS: HAPPINESS: THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
PENNIE SEMPELL & CO Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-8, ANIMATION
Description - In a music-rich, animated environment, children learn strategies for self-esteem, mind-body connection and emotional well-being. Lively Q&A and hit songs engage children in a world of wellness and language arts, learning in a fun radio show format.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The songs are good, format is easy to follow. Lots of good and important information. Touches on behaviors of stress, would not be suitable under age 5. Visually bland and unengaging. Might work well in a therapeutic setting. I like that they give you the words to sing along with the music.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids learn to talk about their feelings and not be judgmental. This requires adult moderation and questioning to work. It's simple enough for young kids, but deals with issues of older ones (elementary aged.) Kids like seeing the kids on the screen at first, but quickly lose interest. This would hold attention better in a therapeutic setting, but not at home.
Runtime: 50 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29
Media: DVD ISBN # 978-0-962413551

HEALTHIER HAPPIER LIFE SKILLS: RELATIONSHIPS: LOVE SONGS FOR OUR CHILDREN
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HEALTHIER HAPPIER LIFE SKILLS: RELATIONSHIPS: LOVE SONGS FOR OUR CHILDREN
PENNIE SEMPELL & CO Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-8, ANIMATION
Description - In a music-rich, animated environment, children learn strategies for handling feelings, responsibility and social well-being. Lively Q&A and hit songs engage children in a world of wellness and language arts learning in a fun radio show format.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Deals with emotions and feelings on a young child's level. Children will enjoy the songs and the fun Q&A forum. With young children it would be good to show the lessons individually, and use it as a teaching tool. I like that the lyrics show up so older kids can sing along. Visually it's a bit lacking. Loved the menu access! You can play each lesson and/or song individually. Can be used to motivate children to understand body language, cooperation, conflict resolution and to be more caring. The songs are fun and entertaining, but the best part is that it shows positive ways for young children to learn to express their feelings
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Younger children were glued to the screen. Some of the older kids thought the songs were cool even though they were too old for the content. Found it strange that there are only still photos of people - their mouths don't move when they speak. It made kids discuss ways in which they could help their own community. Young kids sang along and seemed to really be taking in the information. The section on body language was the favorite for most. "I learned a lot about feelings."
Runtime: 50 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29
Media: DVD ISBN # 978-0-9624135-6-8

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SNAPATOONIES: AT THE ZOO WITH TURTLE, EPISODE 4
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Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 0-2, ANIMATION
Description - Meet Turtle. He lives at the zoo with all his friends: the crocodiles, lions, monkeys, snakes elephants, seals and pandas.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Simple and educational. Teaches about different animals found at the zoo, such as lions, monkeys and elephants. Entertaining and positive, right from the start. Young kids on the train have an uplifting and cheerful song. Animals are realistic and the content is age-appropriate. Kids are motivated to learn. Repetition helps the kids remember the animal names. Realistic images of animals is visually appealing.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids like the turtle and thought he was fun. They smile and clap and older kids yell out the animal names. Some kids ask to watch again. Kids sing, dance and play along. Encourages children and adults to learn more about the different animals together. Learning new things, kids love the zoo and the animals.
Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 0-3
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD ISBN # 9781937393038
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SNAPATOONIES: ABBY APPLE AND HER FRUIT FRIENDS, EPISODE 3
SNAPATOONIES Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 0-2, ANIMATION
Description - Abby Apple and her fruit friends introduce you to apples, oranges, lemons, pears and plums - and how much fun they are to eat!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Teaches young children about several fruits and their colors. Well-produced, flows nicely and has opportunities for interaction throughout. There is a train of children at the bottom of the screen for the entire production who also interact, which really helps kids feel like participating. The subject matter is appropriate and educational. Also teaches additional facts about fruits. Organized into various fruits and their respective colors, discussing one fruit at a time. Bright colors, clear sound, cute animation, should be very appealing to young children. The train at the bottom was adorable and really added to the entire program.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "I want to watch it again because I watched the kids and the apple show." "It was happy." Kids answered the questions out loud. Seems to keep their attention. "I like the talking apple." Kids like to interact and yell out answers and are encouraged to do so by the on-screen train of kids. Holds most of the kid's attention, a little long for some in this very young age group.
Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 0-3
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD ISBN # 9781937393021
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SNAPATOONIES: MAGICAL COLOR CALLER, EPISODE 2
SNAPATOONIES Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 0-2, ANIMATION
Description - Become a Magical Color Caller and go on a color expedition with the clever kids on the Snapatoonies train. Call out the shapes and colors you see along the way!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The colors are bright and it is repetitive, which is great for very young children. The name of the train, Snapatoonies, is catchy. I liked that it covered colors such as gray and pink, and not just the primary colors. A great way to learn about colors and shapes. Moves smoothly into each color, and in each color, teaches about different shapes, animals and fruits. Simple structure and style make it entertaining for young children. Children will be attracted to the main character, the Magical Color Caller. Colors are bright and visually appealing. Shows colors, but also shows how to spell the word and how the word sounds. Educational and entertaining. Kids go on the Snapatoonies train for a color expedition!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Children talk about the different colors, even after the show was over. Younger kids are entertained, while the older ones call out the colors. They respond to the new colors as they come up. Children play and sing along with the colors.
Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 0-3
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD ISBN # 9781937393014
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SNAPATOONIES: COUNTING KIDS, EPISODE 1
SNAPATOONIES Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 0-2, AMINATION
Description - Nathan just loves numbers! Join him, along with the clever kids, on the Snapatoonies train, as he counts up every one of his friends and rhymes his way from zero through ten!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Teaches numbers 0-10 by using example and interaction. The colors are bright, the characters are happy and the production is well-done. The methods and examples are age-appropriate and easy to understand. I particularly like the train that is at the bottom of the screen at all times with kids inside modeling appropriate interaction. Very cute, repetitive, which is good for learning, but not always entertaining. However, the style was very kid-friendly. Perfect for kids just learning to count.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids all interacted with the numbers, some answered questions out loud when the narrator asked. The kids attention sometimes wandered, but overall they seem interested. "I like the numbers and the kids." Children watching seem to learn and enjoy the bright colors and music.
Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 0-3
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD ISBN # 9781937393007
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NURSERY RHYME SINGING TIME WIITH MOTHER GOOSE CLUB
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NURSERY RHYME SINGING TIME WIITH MOTHER GOOSE CLUB
SOCKEYE MEDIA, LLC
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - Introduces children to classic nursery rhymes and early literacy through catchy tunes, playful shows and interactive lessons. Includes five episodes, fifteen song videos and four bonus webspot videos.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is not just another nursery rhyme video. It is dynamic and engaging and the kids do a great job of being enthusiastic in each chapter. Each chapter is a different nursery rhyme, which is acted out and sometimes discussed between the actors before or after the rhyme. The nursery rhymes are all accurate and very familiar. I love how they brought the stories to life. Bright colors and sets made it visually appealing. Vibrant costumes and catchy tunes make this wonderful for kids to watch. Takes something familiar and makes it fun. Preschool aged kids will enjoy this, but older kids may want to sing or dance along to some of the songs. Very fun video!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids are glued to the screen. They recognize the songs. Even older kids who say they did not like nursery rhymes are completely engaged in the screening and sang along. At several points during the screening, the entire group would be singing the nursery rhyme and it became quite loud! They seem to be having a lot of fun with this one.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: DVD

HOW TO UNMAKE A BULLY
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HOW TO UNMAKE A BULLY
MOVIEQUEST PRODUCTIONS
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, 8-12
Description - A student shows up injured in the nurse's office, so three friends decide it's time to do something about their school bully. Trading stories of other successful anti-bullying, students work together with teachers and peers to find solutions.
Runtime: 27 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-13
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

STEPS4KIDS TO MULTIPLY (NUMBERS 0-12)
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STEPS4KIDS TO MULTIPLY (NUMBERS 0-12)
STEPS4KIDS, LLC Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Description - Learn the times table from 0-12, including practice tests to help children with rote memorization, tips and shortcuts to help children figure out answers to harder numbers and more.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Breaks down multiplication into easy steps and basic rules, to make it simpler. Methods are applied to everyday life and little math facts are incorporated along the way. A great asset for children learning or struggling with multiplication, giving them an "edge" in school. Promotes the importance of knowledge, encouraging educational aspiration and stimulating the mind to think about multiplication in different ways. The narrator's voice is pleasant and encouraging. She suggests taking your time to think about what has come before, while building on the lessons, always reminding the viewer that "they can do it!" The menu is easy to navigate and has information for parents and teachers, introduction to math terms and properties and a recommended order for using the segments. Use this DVD to add spice to an otherwise repetitive educational necessity.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This DVD is great! It started at 0 and went up to 12 for multiplying. Great for learning math facts and teaching children new tricks to do better on their own and at school. "They really gave you some good tricks that would definitely help you." "I like how they taught us some easy math and some hard math... they gave us tricks and good pictures to go with it." "Answering the questions at the end was fun! It was like a competition." "Groovy music!" We used the DVD to compete with one another and see who could answer first. The children laughed and enjoyed this very much. "The zero and the finger tricks were fun!"
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD

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DINOSAUR TRAIN EGGSPRESS (APP)
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DINOSAUR TRAIN EGGSPRESS (APP)
PBS KIDS Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: APP, AGES 2-5
Description - Based on the hit PBS KIDS TV series DINOSAUR TRAIN, this app promotes science and math skills for pre-schoolers while guiding children through three prehistoric eras and various exciting games including a Dinosaur egg hunt.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The content is great. Most kids like dinosaurs and will appreciate how it ties in to the Dinosaur Train TV show. The game provides facts about different kinds of dinosaurs and helps kids with thinking, matching and pattern recognition skills. Sparks an interest in dinosaurs, revealing facts like how baby dinosaurs hatch from eggs and helping kids to notice the features of different kinds of dinosaurs.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids really liked the app. Their favorite parts were getting the mystery eggs, seeing the babies hatch, matching the egg with it's mother and painting the dinosaurs with the 'touch paintbrush.' They loved seeing the different kinds of dinosaurs and learning what an "era" is. Kids exclaimed happily and laughed when they saw the babies hatch.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 2.99
Media: App

SPANISH FOR KIDS: LAS ESTACIONES (THE SEASONS)
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SPANISH FOR KIDS: LAS ESTACIONES (THE SEASONS)
WHISTLEFRITZ LLC Click to purchase directly from the producer Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 2-5, ANIMATION
Description - Spanish immersion DVD. Children love a birthday party, but when is Fritzi's? Join fun-loving Fritzi the mouse for a festive introduction to Spanish language-learning. It's year-round fun as children learn words and phrases in Spanish.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Teaches Spanish to a young audience using pictures, animation and a fun host. Uses Spanish immersion techniques, the person watching has to figure out the meaning of the words through pictures and context. It's appropriate, though challenging. Children as young as one or two-years-old can enjoy this. Stimulates natural curiosity of kids and their ability to learn through immersion. Has a very welcoming feel to it. Friendly and encouraging. Some adults felt the kids needed a more direct connection to the subject in order to make the Spanish word connection to what was being depicted. Children become familiar with a new language, while getting information about the culture of the people who speak the language. Tremendous educational value, because it immerses the child in the Spanish language and they seem more involved in learning the language. Broadens children's global perspective and stimulates language development.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "It's funny, I like the mouse!" "I liked the Spanish words. The kids in the video are funny." Seemed to appeal more to kids over age 5 and even early teens. Children felt proud when they identified a word correctly. Younger kids sometimes didn't understand what the music was saying, but still got up to dance. Some kids under age five got bored and others frustrated because they didn't understand the material. This seemed to especially resonate for kids over age five, who could follow along with the content and were excited to learn new words. A few of the 5-7 year old girls wanted to learn more Spanish so they could talk to some of their friends from multi-lingual homes.
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD

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TOM THUMB AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE (APP)
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TOM THUMB AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE (APP)
RUCKUS MEDIA GROUP
Series: APP, AGES 5-8
Description - iPhone, iPod, iPad storybook app. Told by John Cleese, illustrated by Tim Gabor an music by Elvis Costello.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A cute story, particularly appealing to elementary aged boys. Superior visual aspects, bright vivid colors and pictures. Too complicated for early readers to read along, but the story will appeal to them. Kids can record their voices and hear themselves telling the story, but this feature will not work on an iPod if you don't have a microphone. Music was excellent and enjoyable for both kids and adults.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The story is interesting and kept the attention of an active eight-year-old. "The graphics and characters are awesome." "It's cool because they talk about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. I knew a lot of the characters and really liked the story."

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: App

VELVETEEN RABBIT (APP)
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VELVETEEN RABBIT (APP)
RUCKUS MEDIA GROUP
Series: APP, AGES 5-8
Description - The story of the Velveteen Rabbit as told by Meryl Streep, Illustrated by Dave Jorgenson and music by George Winston.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an outstanding phone app. I think it will appeal to kids and adults. It's the sort of thing that works well on phones and kids can watch when riding in a car, waiting in a restaurant or for an appointment of some sort. It's short, sweet and to the point.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids who love stories enjoy this iconographic representation of Velveteen Rabbit. Even though there is limited action, it's especially enjoyable as a short story on a phone and all the kids were engaged and entertained.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: App

PECOS BILL (APP)
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PECOS BILL (APP)
RUCKUS MEDIA GROUP
Series: APP, AGES 5-8
Description - The story of Pecos Bill as told by Robin Williams, illustrated by Tim Raglin and music by Ry Cooder. Plays on iPhone, iPad and iPod. Three methods of storytelling; children can choose to be read to, can read to themselves or they can record their voice and play back with the story.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - We loved this app. My nine-year-old grandson was thoroughly engaged. Even my 15-year-old grandson enjoyed it. They liked that they could watch the short video or read the book. Robin Williams is his usual crazy hilarious self.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Loved it, very easy to use." My eight-year-old was mesmerized. I'm not sure he understood all of Robin Williams' craziness, but he liked it all anyway. The story was familiar to him, yet had fun little spins he had not seen before.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: App



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