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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Barney: Let's Go to the Doctor is a compilation of short Barney tales about going to the doctor, dentist, and vet starring everyone's favorite purple dinosaur. Barney teaches kids the importance of healthy habits such as brushing your teeth, washing your hands, eating healthy foods, and exercising with fun song-and-dance numbers. He also teaches kids what to expect when they visit the doctor, dentist, or vet and takes the fear and anxiety out of the visits by showing exactly what will happen when you get there and explaining that doctors are there to help us and make us feel better.
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What's the story?
Barney (Dean Wendt) wants to have his picture taken but wants to make sure his teeth are shiny and clean first. With some fun songs, Barney explains how to brush your teeth and what happens when you go to the dentist. After everyone is done brushing, Baby Bop (Julie Johnson) falls and scrapes her arm. Barney and the other kids wash their hands, then explain to Baby Bop what happens when you go to the doctor and how doctors help you feel better and stay healthy. But then Baby Bop's teddy gets a boo-boo, too! Fortunately, Dr. Barney and Dr. Riff (Michaela Dietz) are here to help, and the two explain what a veterinarian is and how a vet can help animals stay healthy, too.
Is it any good?
Although Barney may not be most parents' cup of tea, this video does a great job of taking the fear out of doctor and dental visits with a mix of original songs and a few old favorites. It also has some fun songs that might help encourage reluctant kids to brush their teeth or find new ways to get up and get moving. The scene at a real dentist's office that shows what a dental visit actually entails is especially helpful.
Some kids may get bored with the repetition, however, as the same themes are repeated throughout the DVD. A few songs also are repeated more than once, with parents' least favorite -- "I Love You, You Love Me" -- repeated a whopping three times. But kids feeling anxiety about going to the doctor or the dentist will probably find the messages especially reassuring.
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