Saturday, February 17, 2018

March National Kidney Disease Prevention Month/April Donate Life Month



One in three Americans are at risk for chronic kidney disease.  Kidney disease causes more deaths than breast cancer or prostate cancer and is the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S. It is estimated that 30 million people in the U.S. are affected but 90% of those with kidney disease don’t even know they have it!.
While the stats are super compelling, it's also relevant to *MARCH* National Kidney Disease Prevention Month and *APRIL* National Donate Life Month.


The Mendez National Institute of Transplantation Foundation (MNITF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1994 that has created the “Get the Facts! Get Checked! Get Healthy!” PSA which delivers a strong call-to-action about kidney disease prevention, the need for organ donation, and learning more about research,education and innovation at FixingPaco.org

"Dinosaur Train: Big Pond Adventures" DVD on February 13


Today, PBS Distribution announced the upcoming release of the new DVD “BIG POND ADVENTURES”featuring eight episodes from PBS KIDS’ popular DINOSAUR TRAIN series from The Jim Henson Company. Dive into action-packed adventures at the Big Pond with the Pteranodon family!  Watch Buddy and Tiny work together to catch fish, find out what happens when Mr. Pteranodon and Larry accidently miss the last train home, and see Buddy and Don discover fossilized tracks that are millions of years old. The kids also help singer Crystal organize a HUGE benefit concert to make everyone aware that the Big Pond is being recklessly overfished and share what everyone can do to help!
BIG POND ADVENTURES” ($12.99 SRP) will be available on DVD February 13, 2018 and has a run time of approximately 90 minutes. Episodes of Dinosaur Train are also available for digital download.
 The five-time Emmy-nominated DINOSAUR TRAIN, created by Craig Bartlett (“Hey Arnold!”), is set in a whimsically realistic, prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanoes and oceans. Each day, DINOSAUR TRAIN helps kids ages 3 to 6 apply scientific thinking as they discover new types of dinosaur species, compare and contrast dinosaurs to today’s creatures and embrace the living sciences of paleontology and natural science. DINOSAUR TRAIN airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings).

My Thoughts

My kids have always loved Dinosaur Train. Buddy and the Pteranodon family go off on a variety of exciting adventures on the Dinosaur Train. Along the way, they meet lots of other friends and always discover new things. This DVD includes eight exciting episodes that focus on adventures in the water.


Tiny Loves Fish
Buddy the Tracker
Family Scavenger Hunt
Dry Times at Pteranodon Terrace
Train, Submarines, and Zeppelins Part 1
Train, Submarines, and Zeppelins Part 2
Crystal & King's Benefit Concert Part 1
Crystal & King's Benefit Concert Part 2

My children just loved the selection on this DVD.  This is a great series and this DVD is a great addition to our collection. It has tons of great scenes and we can watch it over and over again.   In addition to lots of action, kids always learn some dinosaur facts in every episode. 



Book Blast - Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color


Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color Color coded love stories and revealing female anatomies lead to the murder of world renowned sculptor, Bruce Jones. In life, the artist loved women, almost as much as women loved him. Adored for his art and colorful personality, Bruce is mourned by the world at large. The tale is launched with the multifaceted perspectives of four ex-wives, the current wife, and his new love interest and their children. Mary , Bruce’s wealthy first love, is always in perfect pink; the color of love. Mother of Clair the famous actress and Aaron the corporate lawyer. Leslie The Second’s color is yellow for her sunny nature as much as for her fears and insecurities. Her only son Bobby is vulnerable and lost. Mourning his father’s death, he finds himself. Petra The Third, is outstanding in orange, representing not only her native Holland but also her love of the fruit. Cherished her freedom and had no children of her own. Toni The Fourth is a vibrant passionate Italian red and part of the eventual glue that creates and solidifies this dysfunctional Jones family. Her teenage daughters Tina and Isa are as different as night and day. Brooke The Fifth a gold-digger. Green, her color, reflects the color of money and envy. Her young son’s Kyle and Caleb are too young to understand why their world has been turned upside-down. Mara, as blue as the ocean was the last woman to steal Bruce’s heart. Mother to newborn Baby Peter is the unexpected gift and surprise. Bruce Jones’ eight children speak out, too. They are as distinctive as the women he loved, their mothers. Loose ends are tied up by the insights of Sylvia, Aaron’s wife and a trusted keeper of secrets; Scott, the private investigator and family friend; Nona, the quintessential grandmother everyone loves but to whom few are truly related; and Detective Jim Miller who will not rest until he discovers Bruce Jones’ murderer.





Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. Catalina has lived in various countries and is fluent in four languages; Spanish, English, French and Swedish. Her first book The Bridge of Deaths revolves around her maternal grandfather's death in 1939. A true-life pre-WWII event. It has over 200 footnotes with the resources of her extensive search through Archival materials as well as the use of psychometry and past life regressions. It is more fact than fiction. The revised edition of The Bridge of Deaths; A love Story and a Mystery focuses on the storyline as opposed to fact, but all footnotes and facts are available through the website for any curious minds. www.thebridgeofdeaths.com Defined by Others taps into the dark quirky side found even in the best of people. With the 2012 American elections as a backdrop and the fearless reassurance that the world might end on December 12, 2012, as predicted by the Mayan Calendar. Death of a Sculptor; in Hue, Shape, and Color is a novella written in sixteen different voices. It is a murder mystery. She is currently working on a sequel; Bruce (title subject to change). M.C.V. Egan lives and works in South Florida. She is married and has a teenage son. You can find M.C.V. Egan everywhere online

Friday, February 16, 2018

Exciting Adventures Await in Two New PBS KIDS Compilation DVDs from PBS Distribution



PBS KIDS: OCEAN ADVENTURES

 Dive into ten underwater expeditions from eight popular PBS KIDS series, including Splash and Bubbles, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Caillou, WordWorld, SuperWHY!, Dinosaur Train, Wild Kratts, and Reading Rainbow. Kids will have a blast exploring the ocean with some of their favorite characters as they learn more about the deep sea and underwater creatures.



My Thoughts

This DVD offers a great selection of shows all about the ocean. Each one will take you on an undersea adventure with some of our favorite PBS Characters. There are ten different stories from shows including:

Caillou
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Dinosaur Train
Reading Rainbow
Splash and Bubbles
Super Why!
Wild Kratts
Wordworld 

My kids really enjoyed this DVD set.  They like seeing different characters instead of all the same people show and after show. The especially enjoyed the ocean theme. A mix DVD like this is a great choice for long car rides.




 PBS KIDS: OUTER SPACE ADVENTURES


Countdown to take off in ten stories from eight popular PBS KIDS series including, Ready Jet Go!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Caillou, WordWorld, Super WHY!, Peg + Cat, Dinosaur Train, and Nature Cat on this new DVD. Kids will have a blast exploring outer space with some of their favorite characters as they learn about the moon, the stars and more.




My Thoughts 
This was another great mix DVD. This time all of the shows took our PBS favorites into outer space. Your get to fly on rockets, real and imagined, and learn about the planets and stars. Some of the shows included in the set are:
Caillou
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Dinosaur Train
Nature Cat
Peg & Cat
Ready Jet Go
Super Why!
Wordworld 


My kids thought this DVD was great too. It was a nice mix of characters, and they really enjoyed the space theme. You can get these DVDs at a great low price, and they provide hours of entertainment.

Kids Find Out if Garfield Has Nine Lives in "Garfield: Nine Lives" on DVD


Kids and parents can join Garfield, Jon, and Odie for two hilarious adventures in the new DVD “GARFIELD: NINE LIVES!” Garfield answers the age-old question about cats having nine lives, is it really true?  Jon, Odie, and Garfield also get to go on a vacation, but its not exactly the luxurious vacation of Garfield’s dreams.


GARFIELD: NINE LIVES (SRP $6.99) will be available on DVD February 13, 2018 and has a run time of approximately 50 minutes.
The two episodes on this DVD include:
His Nine Lives
Do cats really have nine lives?  Garfield explores his nine lives, from Cave Cat all the way through Space Cat. At the end of his nine tales, Garfield points out to his creator that the circumstances of his last life were stacked unfairly against him and Odie. His creator agrees and gives Garfield back not just one life, but nine more!
Garfield in the Rough
Jon announces that he, Garfield, and Odie are going on vacation! Garfield gets excited, but that enthusiasm quickly wanes when he discovers Jon planned a camping trip – what a choice! Life in the wild gets dangerous when an escaped panther enters their campground. Will the rangers be able to capture the panther before it finds the trio?

My Thoughts

If anything will get you in a nostalgic mood, it's Garfield and his friends. I grew up watching this lasagna loving cat, and I'm thrilled to be able to share his zany adventures with my own children. This DVD includes two exciting full length episodes including:

His Nine Lives

Garfield in the Rough

In the Nine Lives show, Garfield explores all of this past lives and discovers some amazing adventures including a cave cat and an astronaut. In  Garfield in the Rough, Garfield is forced to go on a camping trip with his family and is having trouble adjusting to nature.  Both of these shows were a wonderful treat for my family. I am so glad to see this classic is still around for another generation to enjoy.




Hollywood Profiles, The Shirley Temple Collection


Over 6 Hours of Movies, Shorts, Documentaries and Commercials!
The adorable and talented Shirley Temple delighted audiences with her song and dance in this collection of classics! From delightful family feature films to hilarious comedy shorts, this amazing collection showcases America's sweetheart in some of her most engaging performances. 
This unique Hollywood Profiles collection features highlights from Shirley’s incredible career! Including 2 heartwarming features, 10 adorable short films, 2 insightful documentaries and a rare television commercial, this is the ultimate tribute to America’s Little Princess!

My Thoughts

When I was a little girl, I loved watching Shirley Temple movies. She was so cute dancing and singing with a head full of curls. This DVD includes my favorite movie. The Little Princess is a tale about a little girl whose father is missing during WW1. The boarding school where she was staying turns her into a servant, and barely feeds her. But with the help of a few friends and Queen Victoria, she finds her father in the hospital.
In addition the feature film, this DVD also includes ten short films, and documentaries. The documentaries are great because they give you a real personal look Shirley's life and behind the scenes moments. Another fun aspect of this DVD set is that it includes the commercials that originally aired with the show. While today I tend to fast-forward through commercials,  seeing these commercials was a lot of fun and a real throwback. 
If you're looking for a blast from the past, this DVD is the perfect choice. I watched it with my daughter, and it was great introducing her to one of my old favorites. Any fan of Shirley Temple is going to want this set in their collection. Grab your copy at Mill Creek Entertainment.


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