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Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart On the Go!

Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart On the Go!

Spring 2014 DVD
Ages: 4 - 10 yrs.
DVD Price: $14.99
Review:

Timon and Pumbaa—the comic meerkat and warthog team made famous in Disney's The Lion King—serve as hosts of the Wild About Safety series presented by Disney Educational Products. In this installment, Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart On the Go! kids aged 4 to 10 learn traveling tips to keep their adventures fun and safe.

In a loose plot about traveling to an event for the king, Timon and Pumbaa explain the main safety concept of the program: It's not only about where you're going; it's about getting there safely—regardless of how you're getting there. The story covers a range of transportation types and provides advice for safely crossing streets; using seat belts; wearing bike helmets; using inflatable life vests; and strategies to safely board public transportation. It ends with a song-and-dance number reiterating the main concepts of paying attention and using proper safety equipment.

Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart On the Go! also includes 9 short sequences in the bonus material, addressing specific safety advice for modes of transportation ranging from bikes to boats, buses, trains, and cars. In a particularly eye-opening sequence, Timon and Pumbaa point out potential hazards of amusement parks and provide tips for safely enjoying the rides and attractions.

This DVD includes over 30 minutes of content and it has the option to play the program in 35 different languages. It also includes downloadable teaching resources on the DVD-ROM option and provides web links to additional resources. (These activities also are translated into the languages included on the disc.) The DVD has a notice of public performance rights for classroom and educational use, and a Safety Smart Sing-Along bonus extra with on-screen lyrics.

Disney Educational Productions knows how to strike just the right balance between lighthearted presentation and serious subject matter so kids will giggle at the visuals and tap their toes to the tunes, but at the end of the story they'll understand that the Safety Smart strategies are the real star of the show. For families eager to teach safety-on-the-go lessons, or schools and libraries looking for resources to augment their health and wellness curriculum, Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart On the Go! is a great selection.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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Disney Educational Productions
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