Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Families of Guatemala

Fall 2009 DVD
Ages: 5 - 12 yrs.
DVD Price: $29.95
This 30-minute DVD isn't snazzy or filled with statistics about Guatemala. It's simply a look at how two different children--a girl named Mariaelena, 7, and a boy named Jorge, 9,--live in Guatemala. We see them get up, go to school, work on the farm, cope with rainy afternoons and more. They don't sit around and play video games. They don't text their pals on cell phones. Although it's not terribly exciting, it will give children an insight into a day in the life of two families who are most likely very un-like their own and that's always a good thing.
Ann Oldenburg   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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