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Disney's Wild About Safety Timon and Pumba Safety Smart About Fire!

Disney's Wild About Safety Timon and Pumba Safety Smart About Fire!

Spring 2010 DVD
Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
DVD Price: $29.99
Review:
Though we have seen many fire safety DVDs over the years, The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa got our young viewers' attention faster than a speeding fire truck. Here the two wise-cracking pals deliver important information in a fun and memorable way. Pointing out that smoke is toxic, they chant "Breathe in smoke, you're gonna choke!" When discussing what to do if you're in a structural fire, they sing, "Get down, get out and stay out!" There's a discussion of fire science (fires need oxygen, fuel, and heat to keep burning) but they emphasize grown-ups should be the ones to put out small fires. Timon reminds kids to call 911 in the US and Canada (with several other countries'emergency numbers mentioned) only if it's a "real emergency." Smoke alarm maintenance and testing, and the importance of planning a family escape route are discussed. This twelve-minute production concludes with a snazzy song-and-dance review of the major points. Though its brevity may make it a bit pricey for family purchase, one of the DVD's most important features is that the same animation is translated into fifteen major languages, which makes it essential for schools, public libraries, and community centers. "Warmly" recommended.
Reilly Reagan   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Reilly Reagan, M.L.S. is a librarian and teacher currently working as a full-time mom. She has been reviewing media since 1991, writing for Library Journal and Video Librarian magazines. Her eight-year old and five-year-old sons enjoy helping with critiques.

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