I love to discover stories that introduce my children to cultures from around the world. Since I home school my kids using DVD’s are a great way to incorporate additional resources into our Pre-K, K and 1st grade geography class.
Organa Kids has been creating products since 1995 that uses “multiculturalism with universal themes.” The family friendly stories are of course appealing to children but I also enjoyed watching two titles from Organa Kids.
Happy Valley, Vol. 1 ($14.95) of the Kids Collection is a preschool aged (ages 2-5) series of 9 episodes set in a lovely countryside by the sea in England. This imaginative world engaged my four and five year children as they enjoyed singing along with nursery rhymes and songs. They could relate to the young characters in this DVD who were going about their daily activities by taking a school trip, brushing their teeth, jumping in puddles in the “Rain is Tumbling” episode and more. I really like the colorful, whimsical animation and at approximately one hour this title was the right length to hold their attention because I could break it down into shorter episodes.
We also especially enjoyed Nelly & Caesar-Vol. 1 ($19.95) in the Kids Collection which features 12 episodes plus a bonus. This animated series from France is based on an internationally bestselling book collection and celebrates best friends, Nelly the mouse and Caesar the frog. While I am not familiar with the books this depiction is a marvelous showing for young children regarding the joys of friendship and the simplicity of exploring their worlds. It also highlights themes such as nature, feelings and the senses. The animation is delightful and the stories are engaging and fun. Our favorite episodes include “The Quarrel”, “The Treasure Hunt”, “Shall we Dance” and “The Search for a lost Robot.”
I am very impressed with these two titles from Organa Kids and would definitely purchase additional titles from the collection for my children. You are invited to visit Organa Kids to purchase Happy Valley and/or Nelly & Caesar or browse the entire collection of stories from around the world that are brought to life onscreen.
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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.