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Four New PBS KIDS DVDs Bring Adventures from SUPER WHY!, DINOSAUR TRAIN, CAILLOU, and ARTHUR home...

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PBS KIDS VIPAs many of you know, I'm one of the 2013 PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) Ambassadors, so it's always my pleasure to spread the word on some great educational entertainment that the folks at PBS have been cooking up. Today comes word that PBS Distribution will be releasing four, all-new DVDs this July that will help educate kids on bullying (ARTHUR Stands Up To Bullying), star gazing (DINOSAUR TRAIN: Nature Trackers), making healthy treat decisions (SUPER WHY! Hansel and Gretel: A Healthy Adventure), and what it means to be a "big kid" (CAILLOU: Big Kid Caillou). The Rock Father has full details on all four titles below...

ARTHUR Stands Up to Bullying:

pbskarthAs teachers and parents across the nation educate kids about the impact of bullying, the new DVD “ARTHUR STANDS UP TO BULLYING” presents an outstanding way to reinforce those lessons. In four entertaining episodes, the world’s most famous aardvark, Arthur Read, and his family and friends, stand up to bullying, learn about teasing, and think about friendship. Almost 10M households tune in to watch “ARTHUR” each month! The series has been honored with numerous awards, including three Daytime Emmy Awards® for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, as well as the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. Pre-Order Now via Walmart.com

DINOSAUR TRAIN: Nature Trackers:

pbskdtHop aboard the Dinosaur Train this summer – the perfect time for kids to learn about the natural world around them. DINOSAUR TRAIN: NATURE TRACKERS is chock-full of adventure and fun, teaching young explorers about stargazing, snakes, wildlife diversity and nature’s life cycle. In the eight episodes featured on this DVD, Buddy plants a garden, visits an ancestor and builds a clubhouse (for the Nature Trackers of course). To encourage current or future Nature Trackers Club members to get outside, the DVD comes with a free Nature Trackers Club coloring and guide book. More than 11M households tune in to watch “Dinosaur Train” each month! “Dinosaur Train” is produced by The Jim Henson Company. Pre-Order Now via Walmart.com

SUPER WHY! Hansel and Gretel: A Healthy Adventure:

pbskswWhat better way for kids to learn how to make healthy food choices than by following their favorite Super Readers! In “SUPER WHY!: HANSEL & GRETEL: A HEALTHY ADVENTURE” the reading superheroes go on two full-filled adventures. Along the way they learn about unhealthy snacks, different types of foods, the benefits of healthy food choices and impart critical skills kids need to learn to read. In “Hansel & Gretel: A Healthy Adventure,” the Super Readers convince the witch to trade in her gingerbread house for nutritious snacks, and practice their spelling skills. In “King Eddie Who Loved Spaghetti,” our superheroes convince King Eddie to taste new foods, and introduce kids to the meaning of the word “ripe.” More than 10M households tune in to watch “SUPER WHY” each month. Pre-Order at Shop PBS.

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CAILLOU: Big Kid Caillou:

pbskcaFun and exciting discoveries await in BIG KID CAILLOU. Growing up is the greatest adventure of all, and Caillou is ready to teach kids about being themselves, flexibility, friendship and kindness. In the six episodes featured on this DVD, which began airing on PBS in March, Caillou learns that every race is not about winning, remembers what it’s like to be the “new kid” at school, and discovers the importance of good vision! More than four million households tune into “CAILLOU” each month. Pre-Order Now via Walmart.com

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James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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