This series features seven-year old Daniel Cook. Well-mannered, inquisitive and intelligent Daniel explores the world around him through his own candid questions. Simple, pure, and honest, this is a series that allows children to view everything from Daniel's perspective, seeing what he sees and learning what he learns.
Each segment is six minutes long and they have been aggregated thematically into 13 half-hour episodes, each with 5 separate segments.
There is a companion interactive website to enhance and further the Daniel Cook experience.
The five 6 minute segments in Amazing Art are:
1) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING FELT ART - Daniel has been invited to join a local artist and create felt art. Daniel learns how to use a little bit of water to fuse different colorful pieces of felt together to create a picture.
2) THIS IS DANIEL COOK PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS - Daniel learns how painting with watercolors can liven up a picture. Daniel sits down with an artist and sketches a picture using a pencil before adding watercolor paint to liven up his artwork.
3) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING A SELF-PORTRAIT - Daniel meets an artist before sitting down in front of a mirror to paint his own portrait. Daniel learns how to mix different colors to get the color of his skin tone and how to use different paintbrushes for different effects.
4) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING A PAPER MACHE MONSTER - Daniel joins a local artist to create his very own paper mache creation. Daniel learns how to mix flour, water and salt to make the paste for his paper mache monstrosity.
5) THIS IS DANIEL COOK DRAWING A TURTLE - Daniel joins Franklin illustrator Brenda Clark and learns how to draw turtles. Daniel watches Brenda draw before creating his own turtle picture. (Special Guest: Brenda Clark)
The other episodes are:
14. Winter Fun - Daniel visits a winter festival, learns the sport of curling, goes downhill skiing and tobogganing, and learns how to care for and control sled dogs.
15. Celebrations Daniel carves a pumpkin, goes trick-or-treating, makes a valentine and an ornament, and decorates Easter eggs.
16. Special Things To Eat - Daniel tries new vegetables and makes maple syrup, a birthday cake, candy canes, and a yule log.
17. Special Things To Make - Daniel builds his own robot and makes a birdhouse, an animal totem, a puppet, and soap.
18. Interesting People, Interesting Jobs - Daniel gets an eye exam, learns about dog guides and yoga, visits a veterinarian, and helps a zookeeper.
20. Water and Animals - Daniel sets up an aquarium, learns about fish and fishing, and goes whale watching.
21. Exploring and Discovering - Daniel learns about the desert, meets an elephant, goes on safari, and explores a cave and a beach.
22. Thrills and Chills Pt. 1 - Daniel goes go-carting, rides a rollercoaster, and visits a theme park, a water park, and a stunt show.
23. Thrills and Chills Pt. 2 - Daniel plays baseball, rides in a helicopter and a hot air balloon, digs for dinosaur bones, and goes on a camping trip.
24. Music - Daniel learns to conduct an orchestra, writes a song, sings jazz, visits a marching band, and learns to disco dance.
25. Nature, Science, and the Environment - Daniel visits a recycling plant, learns about butterflies, visits a waterfall, goes on an eco-adventure and studies rocks.
26. How Do They Do That? - Daniel goes on a tall ship, tastes new fruits, visits Medieval Times, learns about Egypt, and makes a gingerbread house.
Grade Level: Pre-K - Grade 2
US Release Date: 2006
Copyright Date: 2005
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-559-8
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-558-X
"What a delightful collection! It is a terrific variety of appropriate topics nicely grouped and with distinct parallels to the primary curriculum. Besides the value for children, I think the positive modeling of channeling the energy, focusing the interest and taking advantage of the curiosity is terrific! There is a lot for parents, caregivers, and teachers to learn from this series."
Sandi Zwaan, Educational Consultant
"[This is Daniel Cook] is a fun, entertaining, and quite interesting set of adventures... These videos are great for pre-K levels. Additionally, kids from fourth grade and under might find them somewhat intriguing. The ideal library niche for this set is a public library or early childhood learning center that might use them for both entertainment and inspiration."
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