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My young daughters love Daniel Tiger from PBS Kids. It is one of their favorite shows, and I love that because they are always learning from it. PBS Kids is my favorite TV channel that they watch because every single show teaches them something – from math, to spelling, to reading, to life lessons – they have it all. Daniel Tiger is one of the best in my opinion. He is a ton of fun and based on one of my favorite shows when I was growing up, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. I love watching my girls sing Daniel’s songs as they are doing things that he does. For example, when I dropped my oldest off at school for the first time she sang “Grownups come back.” like from the episode where Daniel was nervous to go to school. We use his songs all the time and I just love him! The latest DVD, Super Daniel, features NINE episodes and came out today! My daughters love the episodes on this one and so do I. We have been on a super hero kick lately so it came just in time. I really recommend Daniel Tiger – he is fun for the whole family!
ZOOM! Grab your cape and watch Daniel pretend to be Super Daniel! In the story “Super Daniel,” Dad Tiger forgets to take his lunch to work. Helping to save the day, Daniel, along with Grandpère, heads to the clock factory to ensure dad gets his lunch. Along the way, Daniel has several super adventures with his friends Prince Wednesday and Miss Elaina. Also included on this new DVD is the bonus story “Goodnight Daniel.” In this tale, Daniel is pretending to be Super Daniel when Dad Tiger lets him know he needs to get ready for bed. Young fans can follow along as Daniel takes a bath, puts on his pajamas, brushes his teeth, and gets into bed – just in time for Mom Tiger to read him a bedtime story, “Superheroes Go to Bed Too.”
One of the key ingredients that makes this series a standout is its groundbreaking use of catchy musical strategies, grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum, that reinforce each theme and that preschoolers and parents both sing – and use – together in their daily lives. Some of the strategies kids will learn from the stories on this DVD include, “When a friend doesn’t want to play with you, you can find something else to do,” and “Try to solve the problem yourself and you’ll feel proud.” DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, which debuted in September 2012, airs daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
“SUPER DANIEL!” will be available on DVD starting TODAY – February 2, 2016. The “SUPER DANIEL!” DVD includes the stories below.
Daniel and Grandpère are at home pretending to be superheroes when Daniel notices that Dad has forgotten to take his lunch to work with him. He and Grandpère take Dad’s lunchbox to the Clock Factory, and Daniel uses his imagination to have several super adventures along the way.
“Goodnight Daniel” (BONUS STORY)
Tonight, Daniel is pretending to be Super Daniel! But after dinner, he has to follow his nighttime routine even though he would rather play. Young viewers follow Daniel as he gets ready for bed and eventually learns that even superheroes get sleepy.
“Daniel Doesn’t Want to Stop Playing”
Daniel is playing “Trolley” with Mom and Dad in the living room. When Mom tells him that it’s time to work on his school project, Daniel doesn’t want to stop playing. Mom helps Daniel move on by allowing him to pick one more thing to do with his toy Trolley. Daniel makes one last stop and then he’s ready to work on his project.
“Daniel Fixes Trolley”
Daniel accidentally breaks one of his toy trolley’s wheels while playing. When Mom is too busy to help Daniel put the wheel back on she urges him to try to figure it out on his own and explains that fixing it on his own will make him feel good about himself.
“Daniel Tries a New Food”
Miss Elaina is having dinner with the Tiger family, and she encourages Daniel to try some new foods: Veggie Spaghetti and Banana Swirl. Daniel is convinced he won’t like Veggie Spaghetti, even though he’s never tried it before. Miss Elaina encourages him to be adventurous and try it. She does the same herself, and even though she doesn’t like all of it, she’s proud of herself for trying.
“Daniel is Big Enough to Help Dad”
Dad Tiger is building a playhouse, and Daniel wants to help out. Daniel is frustrated that he is not big enough to use the grown-up tools. Dad Tiger shows Daniel that he is just the right size for doing many things to help.
“Daniel’s New Friend”
Daniel and Miss Elaina meet Prince Wednesday’s cousin Chrissie during a playdate at the castle. As they play “knights,” they discover that, although Chrissie needs some help walking, they are the same in many ways.
“Daniel’s Friends Say No”
When Daniel gets to school, he approaches Miss Elaina to play with her, but is frustrated when he finds that she would rather read alone. Daniel learns that sometimes his friends might not want to play with him and that’s OK because he can find fun things to do on his own.
“Prince Wednesday Doesn’t Want to Play”
When Daniel gets to the park, Prince Tuesday and Prince Wednesday are playing together. Daniel wants to join in, but is upset because Prince Wednesday only wants to play with his brother. Soon O arrives, and they both figure out that they can play together since Wednesday and Tuesday are having “brother time.”