Through the use of fun stories, original songs, animation and live action, children learn about the world s animals and the environment, plus the importance of reading, tolerance, friendship, love and understanding.
In this show, Miss Danni Donkey, our Teacher host, and the kids travel to the Pacific Ocean to join Wanda, a Blue Whale and her young calf as they travel and sing about the wonders of the Bering Sea and the things Wanda loves about her young child. Along the way they meet a school of Sting Rays, a fisherman who warns of net fishing, a pod of Dolphins, Sylvia Seal, Thomas Turtle and Lorca the Orca whale.
Lots & Lots of® Animal Stories for Kids is truly an entertaining and educational adventure that children love to watch!
In a colorful outfit complete with donkey ears and tail, host Miss Danni Donkey teaches a small group of children about whales through storytelling and songs, along the way serving up messages about kindness and understanding, taking care of the planet, and keeping the water clean. Danni s tale mostly using simple computer animation follows the migration of a mother blue whale and her young calf, who make the journey from the Gulf of Mexico near California back to their home in the Bering Sea off Alaska, meeting purple stingrays and sea bass during their odyssey. Once home, the whales swim through kelp and encounter sea scallops, pink shrimp, squid, and king crab. Danni also briefly looks at the Bering Sea environment, using still photos (and sounds) of pilot, beluga, and humpback whales, as well as an iceberg, birds dwelling in the cliffs along the coast, bald eagles, and a live-action shot of a polar bear in icy water. The final catchy song “Welcome Home” reinforces the completion of the migration. –Video Librarian March/April 2018 (Volume 33, Issue 2)
The set of five DVDs includes learning about bears, whales, birdies, froggies and donkeys. Each DVD is about 30 minutes long and introduces your child to a fun and energetic host named Miss Danni Donkey. Miss Danni Donkey has an adventure in each DVD with her fellow kid helpers, who range in age from about four years old to about ten years old. I thought this was a great idea because it gave such a broad range for children. I think preschool aged children through elementary would enjoy these DVDs. The DVDs include a mix of animation and live action that help children learn about the animal s geographic region and environment, what they eat, and how they interact. This is done through the use of stories, singing, and dancing while the kid helpers ask questions or Miss Danni Donkey asks a question, and an animated animal answers it. My sons are six and eight years old, and they had such a good time listening to the stories, and also singing along and dancing along with the kid helpers in the DVD. Lots & Lots of Animal Stories for Kids also did a wonderful job of teaching about friendship and relationships. There are so many shows on television today that teach disrespect towards others. It was refreshing to be able to put in a DVD that taught wholesome, family and friend core values that reinforce what is taught at home. My sons got to laugh along with silly characters, but also were learning at the same time. They were able to remember facts they learned on the DVDs days later. Both my boys enjoyed the songs and dances, and also continued those throughout the week after watching the DVDs. I think this would make an amazing gift for any child who loves animals. It would also be a good supplement to learning about a specific animal group. It is family friendly and entertaining, and something you can enjoy watching with your child again and again. My family and I really enjoyed learning new facts about the animals, and we now have some amazing DVDs to add to our family DVD collection. –Kelly LaFollette, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, February, 2018