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Parents need to know that Dino Dana is a continuation of the series Dino Dan. But this time a young female paleontologist acquires a special field guide that allows her to see dinosaurs in her everyday life. The show's blend of its live-action setting and the CGI animation that brings the dinosaurs to life will appeal to the imaginations of preschoolers, who see Dana learn by observing the creatures' behavior and applying what she discovers to a problem she's facing. Kids will learn dinosaurs' names, as well as pick up information on their general appearance, eating habits, defense mechanisms, and more. Also noteworthy is Dana's close relationship with her older sister.
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- Kids say
Great show for siblings, kids of many ages, all dinosaur-lovers, and girls who only want shows about girls!
What's the story?
Nine-year-old DINO DANA (Michaela Luci) loves everything about dinosaurs, and she's hard-pressed to find a book she hasn't read on the subject. So when a clerk at the library offers her his own Dino Field Guide to peruse, she can hardly believe her luck. Imagine her surprise when she discovers that not only does it challenge her to learn more about dinosaurs, but it also allows her to see them walking around her own neighborhood! Now Dana can use what she observes about the dinosaurs' behavior to answer her questions about them and to help her solve problems that come up in her own experiences.
Is it any good?
Just like Dino Dan before it, this combination live-action/CGI presentation will delight young dinosaur enthusiasts. The prehistoric creatures come to life in full color and size in and around Dana's home and community, dodging traffic on the roads and navigating the bookshelves at the local library but only visible to her. While the concept feels hokey to adults (Really? No one else sees that T. rex lumbering down the street?), preschoolers will eagerly overlook these kinds of logistical questions.
Dino Dana also does well in passing the baton from previous paleontologist-in-training Dan to a female scientist with all the know-how and enthusiasm of her predecessor. She's a great ambassador for girls in STEM learning and in the broader theme of following your passion in life. What's more, she enjoys a positive relationship with her older sister, Saara (Saara Chaudry), who encourages her interests.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about science. Kids: Are you fascinated by dinosaurs like Dana is? What other science subjects interest you? How does studying science help us understand the world around us?
How does Dana apply what she learns about dinosaurs to problems in her life? Why is it important to learn lessons from our experiences? When have you done so? How does this help us become a better problem solver in the future?
Dana is surrounded by people who foster her interests. Who encourages you to follow your dreams? Where do you find inspiration and information about the subjects that interest you? Do you have role models, either in general or in those specific fields?
- Premiere date: May 26, 2017
- Cast: Saara Chaudry, Nicola Correia-Damude, Michaela Luci
- Network: Amazon Prime Video
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Dinosaurs, Brothers and Sisters, Great Girl Role Models, Science and Nature
- Character Strengths: Curiosity
- TV rating: TV-G
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
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