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Families of the World: Families of Kenya

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In Families of Kenya we meet 11-year-old Prince, a sixth grader who lives in the city of Nairobi with his mother, who owns a preschool, father, a purchasing agent, and older siblings Ian and Shelby. After waking to the sound of barking dogs from next door, Prince helps with morning chores before heading off to school, where we sit in on a science class. After school, he rides bikes with a buddy, making sure to clean off all the dust from the road, caused by the area's years-long drought. Homework follows dinner, then it's video games before bed. During the weekend, Prince helps with the shopping, attends church with his family, and enjoys a local festival featuring tribal dances. Later he visits relatives at the seaside city of Mombasa.

Eleven-year-old John starts his day on his family's farm at five a.m., helping his parents and brother, Jeffrey, with household chores like tending to their many animals. Then it's an hour-long walk to school where he attends the seventh grade six days a week. He tells us that education is deemed very important so villages work hard to come up with the money to help the schools. He has midday dinner with his family, who close their shop at noon along with the rest of the local businesses. We are also taken on a safari tour run by John's cousin and shown the wondrous wildlife of Africa, including lions, elephants, zebras and hyenas. At night, John helps bring in the furniture from outdoors and feeds and waters the cows before heading off to bed.

School Library Journal applauds Families of the World as 'excellent,' providing 'an intriguing taste of another culture.' The series, which has garnered repeated acclaim and awards from Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Parents' Choice and NAPPA (National Parenting Publications of America) as well as endorsements from KIDS FIRST! and recommendations from Dr. Toy's Children's Products, is used in classrooms around the country as a valuable tool for social studies, English language learners and cultural studies.

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  • Actors: Families
  • Directors: Eleanor Marquisee
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Master Communications
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 1604800488
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,874 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A new installment in the 100+ award-winning "Families of the World" DVD series (which consists of 25 titles and growing) makes a great addition to children's library video collections. "Families of Kenya" follows a sixth grade boy who lives in Nairobi, rides bikes, goes to school, attends church, and has fun at a local festival with tribal dances - and also an 11-year-old boy who lives on a farm, and has to get up at 5 a.m. to tend to the many animals! A breathtaking safari rounds out this excellent look at daily life in another nation - which may seem exotic at times but also has many elements (especially school and homework!) that children everywhere can relate to. A Teacher's Guide in PDF format is included with this superb DVD. Highly recommended. English subtitles, closed-captioned.
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