Baby Einstein - Baby Shakespeare - World of Poetry
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ASIN:B00005YUPR DESCRIPTION: Discovering words through poetry, music and nature!
-- Introduces babies to 12 common words
-- Exposes little ones to the sounds of poetry
Baby's innate curiosity about all they see and hear increases on a daily basis. Before long, they begin to associate words with objects and to imitate and articulate sounds. Why not give their eyes and ears something wonderful to feast upon? Baby Shakespeare™ presents little ones with 12 common words that can be found within the rich context of classic poems and the beauty of nature. By combining the poetry with engaging puppet shows, funny sound effects, colorful, stimulating images and the glorious music of Ludwig van Beethoven, this exciting introdcution to language provides countless opportunities for you and your baby to interact as you explore the wonderous world together! END
-- Repeat play
-- Language tracks (Spanish, French and English)
-- Discovery cards
-- Puppet shows
-- Toy chest
- Concert Hall: Concert for Ears - Music from the CD "Baby Beethoven"
- Recital: Pictures and poems from the Baby Shakespeare book read by Julie Clark
- Repeat Play and Auto-Play Options
- Video Tutorial: Baby Shakespeare Overiew
- Printed Parents' Guide
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DVD came in excellent condition and shipping was fast!
The only video I found engaging for my little one so far was Baby Signs. The puppet in that video seems to have personality and the vignettes have a touch of humor. In all the other videos, the extremely literal, simplistic approach lacks imagination.
I appreciate the spirit in which these videos are created and have used the "index" to find the real scores of music; and in this case, the actual poems, which do offer quite a bit of inspiration.
My 6yr old son still will watch this one, and picks it himself to watch when our youngest (1 yr) has her 1/2 hour of screen time (so Mommy can get dinner made).
Our video (we may be buying the DVD sometime, but I hate having to wait for it to load and go to the menu screen and all that) has perfectly good quality audio/sound and is my favorite video of all time because I can keep the volume on the quiet side. If the baby wakes too early and wants her morning to start already (4,5am!) I can pop this in and it lulls ME right back to sleep, while she gets a bit of something interesting to watch. She sits still to watch it while we cuddle on the couch and sometimes has drifted back off to sleep herself (hooray!). It's just lovely, like being read a bedtime story. This has been the same scenario with all four of my kids. One of my most dependable 'tools' as a parent.
We have six other Baby Einstein DVDs, among them Baby Monet (our favorite) and Baby Van Gogh. Being a writer myself, I purchased Baby Shakespeare, figuring it would be a winner with its poetic theme.
Now I consider myself to be a woman that will give anything two or three chances in life, but this DVD got one play before it went to the Amvets box. "Confusing" is a good word to describe the format, the video could be showing the word of the moment, let's say "cow," for example, and for two seconds we might get a picture of a bovine. The rest of the segment shows unrelated objects, such as a train! If a DVD makes MY head hurt just watching it, what's my poor daughter going through? It's a shame, too; because I rather enjoyed the poetry they utilized in the video; it's never too early to expose little ones to great "adult" verse...not every poem a child learns has to come from the annals of ol' Mother Goose.
The Baby Einstein series is good across the board, but you may wish to pass on Baby Shakespeare, as its creators were playing solitaire and freecell on their PCs the same time they'd thrown this monstrosity together. Bad form, Disney; bad form!