Arctic Exposure with Nigel Marven

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Zoologist's tundra travels will inspire families.

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Positive Messages

Inspires curiosity about and respect for nature.

Violence & Scariness

Some scenes show animals hunting and eating prey.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the only potential concern in this nature series -- which features beautiful footage of the tundra and its wild inhabitants -- is the occasional scene showing an animal hunting and eating its prey (so be ready to answer kids' questions about life in the wild). But otherwise, the host's excitement over each new discovery will inspire viewers' curiosity about nature, and the knowledgeable narrative is presented in a way that even youngsters will understand.

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What's the story?

In ARCTIC EXPOSURE WITH NIGEL MARVEN, zoologist Nigel Marven travels the Canadian tundra to observe native wildlife. The series includes stunning scenes of creatures like arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears in their natural, snowy surroundings, with Marven's knowledgeable narration offering insight into their behavior. Throughout his travels, Marven also explains the geographical and atmospheric factors that bring such impressive seasonal changes to the area.

Is it any good?

The show's beautiful scenery and close-up views of nature will simultaneously educate and entertain the entire family. Marven's obvious enthrallment with his wildlife encounters is infectious, and viewers of all ages will be inspired by what they see. With some prompting, the show can easily jump-start discussions about the environment, global warming, and conservation. Just be sure you've brushed up on your knowledge of basic animal behavior, since scenes of animals interacting or hunting and eating prey may raise some questions from very young kids.

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  • Families can talk about the goal of series like this -- is it to educate, entertain, or both? What is TV's role in education? Also, what did you learn from this show about the tundra and its inhabitants? Does seeing the animals in action make them more real to you? How have global changes affected their habitats? What can people do to help preserve their natural surroundings?

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