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Wee Bee Tunes Travel Adventures: Get Your Passport!

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

The Wee Bees Tunes gang goes globetrotting.

Movie NR 2002 40 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Great Indroduction to Countries Around the World

Pros: I use this DVD every year to "travel" around the world with second graders. They love the songs and short introductory videos. This DVD was not meant to be a stand alone video. It is meant to be used as part of a larger curriculum where students are exploring cultures through other media as well. At my school, this includes map exploration, videos about the cultures we are visiting, past and present, and books about each country using fiction and nonfiction. I would recommend this as a great addition to a Social Studies curriculum. Cons: When you go to the website, this is no longer available to purchase as a class pack, or at all. I purchased the DVD and CD on Amazon and am piecing together the curriculum myself.

Is It Any Good?

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Despite the catchy tunes, Wee Bee Tunes Travel Adventures: Get Your Passport ends up coming across as a confusing amalgamation of cultural exploration and musical animation. It places as much emphasis on defining the character guides as it does defining the place that they're visiting. The content can get disturbingly convoluted. Unless an adult can pause the DVD and explain the concept of Parliament in England, for example, or the fact that the desert moved in and "the economy dried up" in Timbuktu, these facts are throw-aways.

Very few people of color are shown in the Carnival scene in Brazil, which misrepresents the population. Shopping in Turkey, where viewers are told to "prepare to spend" at the "original shopping mall" that has "over 4,000 shops," takes the cake. Money changes hands and goods are hoarded. There are also deeper issues in terms of slavery, cultural conflict, and ecology that are glossed over. The CD release of the same title might be a better choice, since this DVD tries to do too much.

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