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Parents need to know that Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip is a TV special associated with the same-named preschool show. The story follows Daniel and his family on a journey to visit Grandpere and sums up many of the highs and lows of traveling with young kids, as well as the joys that come of experiencing something new with the people you love. Songs, simple games, and gentle reminders of the importance of a positive attitude are some of the takeaways families can expect from this delightful special all about taking a trip. If this is your first introduction to kindly Daniel Tiger, know that you will come away from the story wanting more of the character's sweet nature and fun adventures.
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In DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD: TIGER FAMILY TRIP, young Daniel Tiger (voiced by Devan Cohen) joins his parents and younger sister, Margaret, on a trolley trip to see Grandpere. The journey is long, and Daniel can't wait to get to Grandpere's house, but he discovers that along the way there are many new things to see and do. The Tigers entertain themselves with songs, games, and a map that points out all the landmarks between their house and their destination.
Is it any good?
This sweet story will ring true with anyone who's attempted traveling with a preschooler in tow, and kids no doubt can commiserate with Daniel's fluctuating emotions over the journey. He's excited, he's impatient, he gets frustrated with his little sister, he has to be reminded to take a potty break, and so on and so forth. Happily, though, his parents are ever attentive with activities to keep him occupied, and Daniel winds up enjoying the trip almost as much as he loves getting to Grandpere's house.
As usual, Daniel Tiger has much to teach young viewers in the context of an engaging story like Tiger Family Trip. There are occasions for preschool skills like color recognition and simple counting practice as well as positive character traits like patience and obedience. Even more prominent from beginning to end is the story's reminder of the value of trying new things, which Daniel does with the help of his parents and his kindly Grandpere.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how relationships are presented in Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip. Is it always easy to get along with your parents and/or siblings? How does Daniel handle discord when it arises? Do you have a similar or different method?
Does this story inspire ideas for making the trips your family takes a little more fun? What go-to activities help you pass the time when you're on the go?
- On DVD or streaming: May 16, 2017
- Cast: Devan Cohen
- Studio: PBS Home Videos
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Great Boy Role Models, Music and Sing-Along
- Character strengths: Curiosity, Self-control
- Run time: 51 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Awards/Honors: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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