Bullfrog Films
30 minutes
Grades Pre-K - Grade 2

Directed by J.J. Johnson
Produced by marblemedia/Sinking Ship Productions

DVD Purchase $195, Rent $45
VHS Purchase $195, Rent $45

US Release Date: 2005
Copyright Date: 2004
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-298-X
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-297-1

Subjects
Animals
Canadian Studies
Children's Films
Children's Stories: Live Action
Community
Food And Nutrition
Health
Sociology

Awards and Festivals
Grand Prize for Best Program, Alliance for Children and Television's Awards of Excellence
This is Daniel Cook Series
My Community - Part II

Daniel at a street festival, at the doctor, at the dentist, at the zoo, and with the Earth Rangers.

"A delightful collection!...appropriate topics nicely grouped and with distinct parallels to the primary curriculum." Sandi Zwaan, Educational Consultant

This series features six-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 My Community - Part II are:

1) THIS IS DANIEL COOK AT A STREET FESTIVAL - Daniel tours a Greek street festival where he gets to try new foods and play games. Daniel is joined at the festival by the mayor who teaches him about the role a mayor plays.

2) THIS IS DANIEL COOK AT THE DOCTOR - Daniel learns what each of the doctor's tools is used for, what the medical tests tell him and how he uses medicine to keep his patients healthy.

3) THIS IS DANIEL COOK AT THE DENTIST - Daniel learns what each of the dentist's tools is used for and why it's important to brush his teeth everyday.

4) THIS IS DANIEL COOK AT THE ZOO - Daniel visits the zoo and discovers the animals that live there. Daniel sees and touches some animals up close.

5) THIS IS DANIEL COOK WITH THE EARTH RANGERS - Daniel joins the Earth Rangers and learns what people should do when they come across an injured wild animal. Daniel asists a veterinarian with a wounded squirrel and helps train a skunk to stay away from garbage.

The other 12 episodes are:

1. My Community - Part 1 - Daniel at the police station, at the fire station, at the market, building a sidewalk, and on a train.

3. Creating Food - Daniel makes chocolate, ice cream, a pie, cookies, and pizza.

4. Creating Art - Daniel at an art gallery, making plasticine art, painting giraffes, drawing dragons, and making a clay dragon.

5. Performing - Daniel learns about busking, clowning, doing magic, learning yo-yo tricks, and visits the Famous People Players.

6. Animals - Daniel milks a cow, learns about raptors, feeds giraffes, trains puppies, and visits a farm.

7. Science - Daniel makes paper, learns about electricity, visits a science center, learns about dinosaurs, and taking pictures.

8. Environment - Daniel Cook learns about composting, visits a rainforest, learns about ponds, bee keeping, and hiking.

9. Language Arts - Daniel creates stories, visits the library, writes poetry, makes a book, and learns about the production of "This is Daniel Cook."

10. Sports - Daniel at a pool, rock climbing, learning Tae Kwon Do, lawn bowling, and skating.

11. Fitness/Movement - Daniel learns gymnastics, does ballet, learns to break dance, tap dance, and exercise.

12. Connecting with Our World - Part I - Daniel learns to bowl, plays the drums, goes horseback riding, canoeing, and flies a plane.

13. Connecting with Our World - Part 2 - Daniel goes on a tall ship, tastes new fruits, visits Medieval Times, learns about Egypt, and makes a gingerbread house.

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/tdcmc2.html

Reviews
"As enjoyable as it is educational, This is Daniel Cook: Creating--Food is an excellent addition to public library children's DVD collections, whether by itself or along with the rest of the captivating This is Daniel Cook series...Also highly recommended is the equally educational thirteen-part documentary series This is Emily Yeung."

The Midwest Book Review

"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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