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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Animal Atlas: Pet Party is a 70-minute tour of a variety of types of pets in their traditional pet habitats: dogs in the yard, cats rolling on hardwoods, hamsters in cages, horses on a farm, ducks on a pond, and reptiles. Each is given an introduction and background with some very kid-friendly facts. Though it's not an in-depth look at pet care, the pace keeps moving, the tone is upbeat and informative, and the animals are cheerfully reviewed.
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What's the story?
Pets come in all shapes and sizes: cats, dogs, hamsters, turtles, horses, and even goats. Here almost every kind of pet is visited and discussed, with facts about each; for example, horses walk as soon as they're born, turtles hatch from eggs, and all frogs are born with long legs for jumping. Try picking your favorite type of pet -- it's harder than you think!
Is it any good?
Lots of animal DVDs feature adorable animals romping about with attempts at folding in some kind of factual weight, but with ANIMAL ATLAS: PET PARTY, that balance is achieved. The pets are adorable, the facts are informative, and there's enough variety and a fast enough pace that the show never lags. Kids will see and learn about all possible manner of pets doing their pet thing -- it works as a great introduction to the kinds of pets all different sorts of people have -- without it getting bogged down by too much information or a circus-frenzy tone. At 70 minutes, it will still challenge very young viewers, but there's plenty here to engage the whole family.
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