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Great Bear Rainforest: Land of the Spirit Bear Movie Poster Image
age 5+
Immersive nature docu offers scenic awe and animal awwws.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Tynker Junior App Poster Image
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age 5+
Great coding intro for little kids that focuses on fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
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Willa of the Wood Book Poster Image
age 9+
Action-packed, violent, absorbing, heartfelt fantasy.
By Robert Beatty
(2018)
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Celebrity Animal Encounters TV Poster Image
age 9+
Animated retellings have broad appeal but some iffy stuff.
Network: Animal Planet
(2018)
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Duck Duck Goose Movie Poster Image
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age 5+
Sweet animated animal tale has peril, positive messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Pango Build Safari App Poster Image
age 5+
DIY safari landscapes come to life in scene-building app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
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Elementals: Ice Wolves Book Poster Image
age 9+
Shapeshifting twins tale slow to wow; series has potential.
By Amie Kaufman
(2018)
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Beast of Stone: Wing & Claw, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Animal series finale satisfies with many solid messages.
By Linda Sue Park
(2018)
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The Star Movie Poster Image
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age 5+
Sweet Nativity story told from animals' perspective.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Zoofari TV Poster Image
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age 5+
Funny clip-based show introduces kids to animal basics.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2018)
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The Lost Rainforest: Mez's Magic Book Poster Image
age 9+
Action-packed but scattered tale of magic talking animals.
By Eliot Schrefer
(2018)
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The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar Movie Poster Image
age 5+
More adventures of Kion and his Guard; cartoon peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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The Bad Mood and the Stick Book Poster Image
age 5+
Quirky, whimsical, insightful look at passing moods.
By Lemony Snicket
(2017)
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Aniscience App Poster Image
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age 9+
Appealing science intro needs more supporting material.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows app
(2017)
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Professional Crocodile Book Poster Image
age 5+
Crocodile heads to work in charming, witty wordless book.
By Giovanna Zoboli
(2017)
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The Snow Fox App Poster Image
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age 5+
Voice recognition is the star of cute, very short story.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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Tommy the Turtle - Learn to Code App Poster Image
age 5+
Cutesy coding intro just barely scratches the surface.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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Bambi Movie Poster Image
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age 5+
Disney's original circle-of-life story.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1942)
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Cavern of Secrets: Wing & Claw, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Well-paced animal-rescue sequel with admirable hero.
By Linda Sue Park
(2017)
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Over and Under the Pond Book Poster Image
age 5+
Lovely book about wildlife teeming in and around a pond.
By Kate Messner
(2017)
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