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Wonderful preschool series for Christian families
on February 8, 2012
KIDS FIRST! reviewed two DVDs in the Little Angels series: ABC's and Animals. In ABC's, the main characters, Alex and Zoe, are introduced to the Angels who help them learn to read by showing how you can recognize letters by their shapes and relate them to real life images. The angels use concepts from the Bible to help them remember. For instance, "J" looks like a fishing hook, like one you might use to catch the Big Fish that ate Jonah - which starts with a "J." The angels also help Zoe and Alex appreciate each other and treat each other fairly, with honesty and without jealousy.
In Little Angels Animals, the angels make Bible stories come to life, allowing the children to interact with its characters while learning lessons of cooperation and hard work. Throughout, the message that "God Loves You," helps them navigate their feelings and overcome fears and adversity. When Zoe is afraid of lightning and climbs to the top bunk, she learns from Jonah that facing her fears is less scary than not doing what God wants you to do, and as she chants "God loves me," she is able to reach the top bunk and overcome her anxiety.
Young children from religious families will find particular delight in seeing Alex and Zoe as they are helped by angels and get to talk to characters they've only read about - or, since they are preschool-aged, been told about. It is comforting to children of this age to feel as if they are never really alone and they are always loved.
Each vignette is short, three fit nicely into a 30 minute DVD, and you can choose a single episode, or story, at a time. The DVDs also include some special features. Roma Downey explains her underlying ideas about creating the series and gives parents tips for watching along with their child. You can watch music videos covering the topics of each of the stories and animated with images from each.