ni hao, kai-lan: super special days

This DVD is best for preschoolers ages 3-5

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Kai-lan and her friends learn how to deal with emotions like anger and frustration in four episodes of the popular children's TV show.
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Available for the first time on DVD, this groundbreaking series introduces young viewers to Mandarin Chinese language and culture, while teaching them how to work through difficult and confusing feelings. Kai-lan has some very Dora-like qualities--she's a real go-getter, she has a big, round face and she talks directly to viewers--which will make preschoolers feel right at home. Just as Dora uses a map to explore the physical world, Kai-lan uses facial expressions and body language to explore emotions. Children, who are used to celebrating their victories with Dora by shouting, "We did it!" will be happy to join Kai-lan in a similar-sounding, "We got it!"
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For Babies 0-2?

MAYBE Babies are too young to be able to understand the concept of emotions, but may still enjoy the warm, colorful animation and Kai-Lan's cute animal friends. Two-year-olds--especially those going through terrible 2's--may learn to control their tempers and tantrums after watching a frustrated Tolee stomp all over his friends' sand castle because his own sand tower keeps getting knocked down by the waves.
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FOR PRESCHOOLERS 3-5?

YES Preschoolers will easily relate to Rintoo, who wants so badly to win the Dragonboat race that he rows way too fast, gets out of sync with partner Kai-lan and loses the race. They'll be fascinated as he stomps all over the place, screaming, "I'm mad, mad, mad! I don't like coming in last!" and they'll pay close attention to the way Kai-lan's grandpa teaches him to calm down by swaying from side to side and taking deep breaths. They'll realize he's right when he explains, "It's hard to do anything when you're too mad."
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FOR KIDS 6-9?

MAYBE Most kids in this age group will find Kai-lan and her friends too babyish, although they may not be too old to get a lesson in controlling their emotions. They may discover some important ways to gauge people's feelings and to think back on the events that led up to a stormy event. They'll also want to practice Kai-lan's grandpa's tips, agreeing that "when you're calm, things don't bother you so much."
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DVD Features

A music video and a "Meet Kai-lan" photo gallery.
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