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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fascinating hi-def documentary has some intensity, too.

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age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

Documentaries are fantastic!

Heheh, to be honest nature documentaries are full of sex and violence, but since it is for learning, and it is performed by different species, i think its okay for kids... Anyways it might be bit off to explain what the elephants are doing for under 7 year old, so yeah i would wait until my kids are at least 7, or at least i would decide what parts of the documents i do show and what i do not.
age 2+

Absolutely amazing and must see for every child

In a world of garbage TV and movies we feed our kids, this is an absolutely incredibly produced, filmed and narrated piece. The level of wonder and incredible imagery keeps my kids engaged at a very high level throughout. It shows the nuances of nature, the varied landscapes of our world and Sir David Attenborough proves again his ability to bring about the wondrous nature of our world to any audience, young and old.

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Is It Any Good?

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A seven-part series that took four years to make, this documentary series is a fascinating visual tour of a continent with secrets around each corner. Every animal species, every cavern, every watering hole has a story to tell about how the land evolved and its inhabitants adapted, often in environments so harsh that each day poses a new test to their survival. As in Life, there are many firsts documented here, which is testimony to the cutting-edge technology that allows the crew to observe the subjects' behavior without disruption but also inspires new questions about the many mysteries of the wild that still exist.

Africa accomplishes precisely what Life did before it; it makes learning about the world just as fun as tuning into a favorite TV series. The show has it all: drama, comedy, romance, and even some sweaty-palms moments when the stars' fates hang in the balance. Not only will your family enjoy the stories as you watch them unfold, they'll also retain a lot of what they see and hear because of the quality of its presentation, which makes this a fantastic option for watching together. Just be sure your youngsters are prepped on what it means to be an animal in the wild so they won't be surprised by the predatory hunting and the occasional mating ritual.

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