Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Ni Hao Kai-Lan - Celebrate With Kai-Lan |
Actors: Jade-Lianna Peters, Clem Cheung, Khamani Griffin, Angie Wu, Jack Samson
Director: Allan Jacobsen
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Animation
It?s Chinese New Year, which means a big feast, red envelopes, and friends and family all together! Kai-lan and her friends are thrilled because this year, they are old enough to carry the huge dragon costume. It?s going t... more »
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Nice show but kids might mimic some bad behavior
Michael Chung | Houston, TX | 05/10/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"My kids (twin boys 5yo and girl 3yo) and I do like this show, and I like the fact that the star is a Chinese girl. My daughter loves Kai-Lan, and I'm glad Kai-Lan is a good role model.
However, I did write a review of the first Ni Hao Kai-Lan DVD, Super Special Days, and rated it 2 stars only because of the bad behavior my kids picked up from watching the show. Because some the shows teach a lesson about behavior, they have to show bad behavior before showing the good/proper behavior. Unfortunately for me, my kids mimic the bad behavior.
This bad behavior continued in the 2nd DVD. For example, in "Celebrate with Kai-Lan" during the Happy Chinese New Year! episode, the characters get under a dragon costume to perform a dragon dance. Rintoo is not happy about being in the middle feeling that it was not an important position and keeps repeating "I don't want to be in the middle" and eventually storms off (like a spoiled brat) leaving his friends behind. He eventually learns he's an integral part of the team and does participate. However, now my kids never want to be in the middle and they say, "I don't want to be in the middle."....they are mimicking Rintoo's bad behavior! It's been a few months since they watched this show, but my daughter often tells us during dinner that she doesn't want to be in the middle! Although this episode has great educational value, my kids only remember Rintoo's not wanting to be in the middle. It's really a pain to deal with my kids acting this way. Although my kids are usually well behaved, they are picking up the negative stuff from this show. It's might only be my kids, but I wanted other parents to know.
I hope the producers of Ni Hao Kai-Lan change the attitude of Rintoo from a spoiled, short-tempered tiger into something less confrontational and more wholesome. Children are extremely impressionable and learn good and bad behavior. I'd rather my kids only learn good behavior, so I have to screen the shows and remind the kids not to act the bad way Rintoo does.
I will probably continue to buy the DVDs from this series because of the good educational value, but I will be screening the episodes so I can be prepared to tell my kids how not to act and to emphasize the proper behavior of the characters."
One of our new favorites!
S. Veeman | Oregon | 08/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My 4 and 6 year old love Kai Lan and her friends. They are always happy and learning to deal with feelings. Basic Chineese vocabulary is an added bonus! Also appropriate for younger ages."