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El Perro y El Gato: The Adventure Begins/La Aventura Comienza

El Perro y El Gato: The Adventure Begins/La Aventura Comienza

Spring 2012 DVD
Ages: 2 - 7 yrs.
DVD Price: $9.95

HBO Home Entertainment presents El Perro y El Gato: The Adventure Begins/La Aventura Comienza, a collection of short animated vignettes that also run on HBO Latino. This DVD collection marks the debut of the series.

Take one fast-talking, tail-wagging dog (El Perro), add a laid-back fat purple cat (El Gato), plunk them down in storylines told through a constant mix of both English and Spanish, and you get an entirely new approach to bilingual education. Many children's programs claim to offer foreign-language introduction but do little more than pepper the story with a few vocabulary words here and there. El Perro y El Gato delivers a true bilingual experience, combining dialogue, action, clever animation, and on-screen text to help little viewers understand the narrative and acquire some real foreign-language skills.

The storylines center around activities familiar to kids: Getting ready for the first day of school; visiting the beach; touring the zoo; frolicking at a playground - all played out through vibrant animation, peppy background music, witty sound effects, and comical sight gags. Imagine plump purple El Gato wearing a backpack, for example.

This DVD collection only offers four vignettes, totaling just 18 minutes of program content, so $9.95 may strike parents as much pretty steep. If you can get past the price tag, El Perro and El Gato prove to be a quirky, comical and effective pair promoting bilingual education.

Other titles from this series include: From Here to There/De Aquí Para Allá; Unleashed/Sin Correa; Together Again/Juntos Otra Vez

Gina Catanzarite   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is a writer, teacher, and TV producer with 8 Emmy awards and 20 Emmy nominations to her credit. She has worked in the television industry since 1987, producing children's programming, informational features and documentaries. Catanzarite lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and twin sons.

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