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Recommended age 12-18
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This hour-long PBS program takes us on a tour of Puerto Rico (a U.S. territory since 1898) using aerial photography to swoop along the stunning coastline and survey the old fortresses and classic beaches. Moving inland, the camera lingers over the Spanish-influenced architecture and vast countryside, farms and forests. The sunny streets of Old San Juan come alive as we see children playing and people going about their daily lives. Lighthouses at each of the four points of the island anchor the travelogue, and along the way bits of history about the land and the people are accompanied by lively Spanish music. The editing is relaxed, in keeping with the island's rhythms, though a sense is felt of the encroachment of modern skyscrapers on its natural beauty. While lush forests and stretches of green countryside are hovered over, one can't help but ruminate upon the devastating effects of 2017s Hurricane Maria that flooded so many of the peaceful streets and plazas, after this program was made. Recommended for ages 12 to 18 as well as adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Mike F., KIDS FIRST! Juror
Viewers are given the opportunity to take a journey through paradise around the island of Puerto Rico and back again, by using the lighthouses at the four corners of the island as transition points. Featuring informative narration about the island's rich history, architecture and lush natural beauty, the program uses aerial and ground footage shot in high-definition with the latest technology, and a soundtrack of local favorites including the omnipresent chirp of the tiny coqui frog to submerge viewers in this special place.
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