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Big World In a Small Garden

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Micro-exploration of backyard wonders inspires.

TV Max Educational 2016
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Brimming with interesting discoveries of insect behavior, this backyard documentary inspires the curious mind. Big World in a Small Garden uses technology as a tool to explore the delicate and intricate dramas that unfold all around us. Martin Dohrn plays the philosopher when he uses cameras to slow down life, as if to teach the viewer the importance of slowing down to enjoy the beauty found in even the most humble urban garden.

There's humor to the show as well, such as male bees who have fluffed themselves up for good viewing and are constantly rejected by female bees. Dohrn says there is drama in his London garden "every bit as exciting as anything you'd see on the plains of Africa." After spending time looking through his camera's point of view, it's hard to disagree.

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