Thursday, August 19, 2010

Giveaway: 'Dinosaur Train Under the Sea' DVD

The Pteranodon family visits Carla Cretoxyrhina in "Dinosaur Train Under the Sea."

Who knew "Dinosaur Train" could travel under water?

That's exactly where Mr. Conductor leads Buddy the Tyrannosaurus Rex and his adoptive Pteranodon family in the 1-hour special "Dinosaur Train Under the Sea," from The Jim Henson Company, airing Friday, August 20 on PBS stations (check local listings).

CC and I caught an early glimpse of the episode, which didn't shy away from answering the obvious question: Uh, how are they going to get there?

You'll have to watch to find out, but their journeys take them to various places and times -- the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods to be exact -- where they meet a fun selection of prehistoric predators.

Their new friends include Elmer Elasmosaurus, a long-necked marine animal that sports a new way to catch fish, and Carla Cretoxyrhina (pictured above), a friendly shark with an intimidating dad.

Although the special is 1 hour, it's broken up into four manageable segments, each highlighting a different animal. Buddy and the Pteranodon tykes Tiny, Shiny and Don ask relevant questions about their new friends, providing fun learning opportunities for kids.

Dr. Scott the paleontologist also offers insight into what dinosaurs ate and looked like -- and how some of them resemble modern-day animals.

I had fun just practicing the names with CC, who asked questions and said she really liked the show.

While it's great having Buddy, the Pteranodons, Dr. Scott and real children repeating the names of the featured dinosaurs, it's sometimes a little confusing -- and I imagine for kids especially -- when Mr. Conductor shows off his smarts by naming several dinosaurs at a time on his trusty pull-down screen. When names are that difficult to say, I think sticking with just one is fine.

But CC and I had fun watching -- as well as saying Cretoxyrhina three times fast.


The "Dinosaur Train Under the Sea" DVD ($14.99), from PBS Kids and Paramount Home Entertainment, arrives on shelves August 24, but I'm giving away 1 copy here.

The DVD boasts lots of extra episodes, as well as games, coloring pages and a Dinosaur Reference Guide.

To enter, just leave a comment here telling me your or your child's favorite dinosaur. (U.S. residents only)

Good luck, and I'll announce the winner Friday, August 27!


Baby Talks said...

I'm not sure which is my two-year-old's favorite dino, but he talks about Buddy the T-Rex the most. And he loves the Dinosaur Train. Can't wait to see this special. :)

Unknown said...

My son loves "Tiny"!!!!

Christina R. said...

My 2.5 year old loves Buddy! - Christina

L.A. Story said...

Awesome! Hope you all got to see the special on PBS today! Good luck on the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

my 3 year old loves the T-REX's the best!

euroduck111 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Alejandra said...

My son loved the Under the Sea episodes! Boris is his new favorite T-rex because he saw him at Target the other day...

Theresa N. said...

Tiny but they're all cute.
Theresa N

Theresa N. said...

Tiny but they're all cute.
Theresa N


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