Wednesday, May 12, 2010

PBS Kids Dinosaur Train Taught Goddess Pterandon

We are truly blessed. The Jim Henson Company behind PBS Kids, Dinosaur Train has sent us a screener DVD of Dinosaur Train.

We had gone away from PBS for a little while my kids had outgrown Sesame Street to my dismay but in the past year we have revisited with such shows as Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, Word World Super Why and Word Girl. Goddess really loves these shows along with Clifford and Dragon Tales. There really is good programming on PBS.

The screener copy that we received for Dinosaur Train is of four new episodes that will premiere May 24-27.

If you have not checked out Dinosaur Train with your child then you have not heard the Dinosaur Train theme song which is stuck in my head

Description from PBS
DINOSAUR TRAIN, the perfect marriage of the two things 3-6 year olds love the most – trains and dinosaurs, was created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!). The series embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills. Each 30-minute episode includes two 11-minute animated segments with live action sequences featuring well-known paleontologist, Scott Sampson, Ph.D. Dr. Scott brings to life the show's natural science and natural history curriculum for preschoolers as he gives specific facts about dinosaurs and compares their features to animals of today. The series continues The Jim Henson Company’s legacy of quality children’s entertainment and joins Henson’s successful series SID THE SCIENCE KID™, which also airs on PBS KIDS. 

Synopses:  WEEK OF MAY 24

“Pteranodon Family World Tour;” “Gilbert the Junior Conductor” - The entire Pteranodon family embarks on a roaring, exploring, World Tour adventure! The Pteranodon family continues with Gilbert, the Conductor's nephew.

“Confuciusornis Says;” “Tiny’s Tiny Doll” - The next stop on the Dinosaur Train World Tour takes the Pteranodon family to Confuciusornis Gardens, where they meet a very wise old dinosaur. During a stop on the Pteranodon family’s World Tour, Tiny accidentally leaves her beloved Tiny Doll behind in Velociraptor Valley and it takes several new dinosaurs to return it to her.

“Iggy Iguanodon;” “Shiny Can’t Sleep” - The Pteranodon family continues their World Tour and meets Iggy Iguanodon, a large, four-legged chap who shows them his unique way of walking. During the World Tour Shiny is homesick and having a hard time falling asleep on the train so Mrs. Conductor and Dad help her discover all of the wonderful nighttime surprises on the Dinosaur Train.

“Kenny Kentrosaurus;” “Don and the Troodons” - As the Pteranodon family’s World Tour continues, they travel to Africa to meet a Stegosaur named Kenny Kentrosaurus.

The Pteranodon family oversleeps and has to hurry to make another guided walk on their World Tour!

What I Can Tell You: Dinosaur Train is a a visual masterpiece. I am a big fan of CGI animation. It is so colorful and while the visual captures your child's attention the engaging storyline educates the child on the different types of dinosaurs.  I love that Goddess is saying all these dinosaur names that I can't even pronounce. Too funny when I say a type of dinosaur wrong and she corrects me. I also love the global aspect which has my daughter now seeing that the world is so much bigger than her back yard. She has been bringing the globe to me asking me to point to where we are compared to Asia, Europe and Africa. Whenever Kids TV can combine education with a great visual you know you have landed on a PBS station.

In addition, two new games will be featured on the Parents’ Choice Award-winning website,  The All Aboard game (launching in May) will give kids control of the Dinosaur Train as a junior conductor, helping to seat different types of dinosaurs as the train moves from station to station.  And in Dinosaur Tracks (available now) Buddy and his friends are making tracks in the mud, kids can help them figure out which footprint comes next. welcomes more than 2.4 million visits each month, offering engaging content designed to continue dinosaur exploration beyond the television series, including printables, games, and a dinosaur field guide.

Thank you to The Jim Henson Company for the screener DVD.


  1. I'm going to pass this along, my great niece and great nephew would love this video!

    Great review of it!

  2. My daughter was scared of all things dinosaur-related until she saw this show! Now she is interested instead of scared. Gotta love PBS.


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