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Animals Rock with Lucas Miller!

Animals Rock with Lucas Miller!

Fall 2010 DVD
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
DVD Price: $18.95

What do you get when you cross a zoologist with a guitar? No, it's not a kids' joke. The answer is Lucas Miller, host of Animals Rock with Lucas Miller! Vol. 1: Monarchs, Metamorphosis and More! This 45-minute DVD features Miller, who is a rare animal in his own right: A degreed zoologist who also happens to have been declared an American Masterpiece Artist by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Over the years, Miller has done hundreds of classroom presentations (think Science Class: The Musical) and command performances for environmental and conservation groups; he's quoted on this DVD jacket copy as saying his goal is to "create learning resources that help children connect with nature." This particular DVD is aimed at kids aged 4 - 8 and it includes a high-energy mix of songs, animation, music-video like vignettes, and taped excerpts of his classroom presentations-where, clearly, the elementary-aged audience is entranced!

Program content is clearly centered on credible scientific information - but the original songs, funny voices, puppets, and nature photography prove to be the magical mix of ingredients that make these lessons stick.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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