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Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party

Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party

Fall 2014 DVD
Ages: 2 - 7 yrs.
DVD Price: $14.98

Peppa Pig is back in a DVD release with 14 separate episodes —or "Peppa-sodes," as they're called on the DVD jacket art—adding up to 80 minutes total of content. If you're unfamiliar with this porcine personality, Peppa Pig is an animated TV interstitial program, meaning each short episode runs about 5 minutes long and plays in between regularly scheduled programs. It runs in the U.S. on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. channel.

The series is produced out of Great Britain and it follows the charming activities of a preschool-ish-aged pig named Peppa and her family and friends who, by the way, are a menagerie of rabbits, sheep, dogs and cats. In Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party, storylines are uncomplicated and include both character dialogue and simple narration to help explain the action. In the title episode, Peppa's family celebrates her birthday and then friends visit for birthday cake. In The Playground, Peppa's family goes to the playground but her little brother George doesn't like heights. It takes patience and creativity to ensure everyone has a good time. Other scenarios place Peppa and pals at the beach, at a grandparent's house, at school, and in a treehouse and any conflict in the plot tends to be centered on themes of friendship, sharing, and cooperation.

Music and animation are mellow and Peppa is precious and polite. She's a perfect companion for preschoolers ready to relax with a short DVD break. They'll enjoy her gentle antics and parents will appreciate the lessons about character development.

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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