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If your kids love dinosaurs, “Dino Dan: Dino Babies” is a must watch! Outstanding!

In this DVD collection, we join junior dinosaur expert Trek Henderson as he imagines dinosaurs in the real world, especially baby dinosaurs. I enjoyed the way this DVD uses computer-generated imagery of dinosaurs. This show is truly entertaining and educational.

It is very colorful and teaches a great deal about dinosaurs and how they lived. We learn all about several species of dinosaurs: Edmontosaurus, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, and Spinosaurus. Trek teaches us about what they ate, how they cared for their babies, how their footprints give paleontologists information about how they lived, and more.

There are a bunch of dinosaur movies, TV shows, and cartoons, but it is rare to see life-like dinosaurs. Each episode of “Dino Dan” features a different dinosaur, and you get to see what a real one would look like and learn about their different traits.

The dinosaurs are fascinating. Adult dinosaurs would be very expensive to feed and way too hard to keep confined so they roam the neighborhood. Oh, don’t worry, they are friendly.

Trek only keeps adorable baby dinosaurs in his backyard. His mom tries to always have dino treats on hand, so Trek can use the food to figure out different things about dinosaurs. Can they fly? Do they eat eggs? What is their favorite thing to eat? What do their footprints look like?

Getting footprints from a dinosaur takes a lot of hard work and “Dino Footprints” was my favorite episode. I watched the various ways Trek used to get the prints and found them very humorous. Hanna and her dad help him look like a dinosaur that is a predator. The predator then gives chase and tricks the other dinosaurs into stepping into the clay and thereby making a footprint.

My favorite character is Trek because he is hilarious. He is also kind, smart, and curious. He has all the traits that everyone should have. I also love that he cares about the different dinosaurs and their families. He has the cutest backpack that looks just like a dinosaur. (This backpack will be on my birthday list this year!) Trek is very creative. When he doesn’t have dino bait, he finds a way to make some.

My favorite dinosaur is the baby Plesiosaur. Plesiosaur dinosaurs swim in cold water. It’s an adorable baby, and I wish I could have one as a pet. I already have a fish tank that she could live in. This dinosaur is also my favorite color — blue. It is just meant to be, and I would name her Annalisa.

I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 11. It is easy to watch, although older kids might want more factual content and drama to keep them interested. I give this 4.5 out of 5 “roaring dino egg” stars.

— By Morgan B., age 11

See her video review at: https://youtu.be/uZdyi9xFnCM

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Dino Babies uses great story lines in each episode. I enjoyed the way each episode has a real-life familiarity. For example, “Switched at Nest” tells us how dinos care for their young as well as other species’ young. “Dino Tooth Fairy” examines the various species’ teeth.

The vocabulary and material are very well suited for the intended age group, and they do a great job explaining terms and answering why dinosaurs did the things they did. I enjoyed the introduction of each episode with a situation that causes Trek to work on the solution, and in the process, uncovers information about dinosaurs that he shares with the audience.

We see many positive role models. Trek and his friends demonstrate a friendship and willingness to work together on their school project. They all recognize Trek’s expertise when it comes to dinosaurs.

This is exceptionally well produced. It has excellent options on the menu that are easy to use, allowing you to view all episodes or select a specific chapter.

I definitely give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12.

— Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! adult juror

Updated 5:00 pm, July 9, 2018
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