Parents' Guide to

North America

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Gorgeous docuseries surveys nature both peaceful and brutal.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Great for adults, not for kids

I watched one episode before letting my 6 year old watch and I'm glad I did. This might be okay for older kids but watching killer whales hunt a mom and baby whale which they drowned by repeatedly jumping on top of it and kill it and eat it then the remains wash ashore for the bears to eat while the mom whale swims around helplessly. The narration and video of this episode both were too much for my child. I highly recommended it for adults as it's a well done v isually appealing nature show with fantastic camera work.

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Beautiful to its very last moment, this documentary series introduces viewers to the splendor and intrigue that otherwise might go unnoticed by the masses. North America does for this corner of the world what Planet Earth did for the larger picture. Many viewers will be familiar with some of the spots featured here, from the California coast to the Gulf of Mexico, and from the northern tundra to the jungles of the south. Such accessibility inspires not only respect and admiration but a genuine desire to witness these sights for yourselves.

The educational potential that exists here is virtually limitless, as the content extends beyond gorgeous footage of amazing species at work and play to include spectacular weather events and an exploration of geological history. Compelling storytelling captures viewers' attention throughout and is simple enough for kids to follow. That said, what makes this series so great is its reserved observation of nature in its truest form, so be sure your kids can handle the concept of life and death before you watch with them.

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