Caught on opposite sides of the revolution, Benjamin Franklin s teenage reporters, American colonist James and young Englishwoman Sarah, confront the real, physical dangers of war. As the conflict rages, James and Sarah ar... more »e compelled to choose between their friendship and their countries, their understanding of good and evil, and the moral dilemmas inherent in war. All the while they try
to look after the mischievous Henri, an immigrant French boy whose comical escapades constantly lead them into trouble, as the three bear witness to the highs and lows of the American Revolution.
Starring news legend Walter Cronkite as Benjamin Franklin and including guest starring roles by award-winning actors and real-life historical figures like Dustin Hoffman, Annette Bening, Michael Douglas, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, Billy Crystal, Ben Stiller, Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson and many more, the complete Emmy and Humanitas Award-nominated Liberty s Kids is finally available on DVD in one six-disc collectors set!
* A Look Back At Liberty s Kids with the series creators
* Benjamin Franklin s Newsbytes
* Continental Cartoons
* Now & Then
* Mystery Guest Game
* Original Pencil Test
* 40-Page Collectible Booklet with fold out US map.« less
My children love this series and have enjoyed learning about the Revolutionary War by gettting a glimpse of the times through this series!
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Just what I've been waiting for -- October can't come soon e
Phoenician | Phoenix, AZ USA | 06/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"See? What did I tell ya? Patience is a virtue, and I'm absolutely willing to wait for October to get the ENTIRE series of Liberty's Kids for the far-more reasonable price of forty-four bucks!
As I've mentioned in the Teacher's Edition, this is the far better deal out there (seriously, what teacher can pay 500+ dollars for ONE show? Is PBS really that unaware of most teachers' ridiculously low salaries? I don't know . . . maybe they expect "the school" to buy it for their library or something -- but which school would pay that much cash for a six-disc DVD set?)
So . . . on with my review of the series:
I've loved this show since I first saw it back in early 2003. During AP US History, this show actually helped incite curiosity and understanding for the complex period that is the American Revolution. It's also the series that made me curious into looking into American History deeper, and reading up on the finer details of America's birth.
The timeline, which features events from the Boston Massacre to the ratification for the US Constitution, is actually quite accurate -- they merely paint into the story the fictional characters of James (the teenage American-patriot), Sarah (the unsure British-loyalist), and Henri (the younger French-sidekick) alongside the historical Founding Fathers.
First airing on PBS, the 40 half-hour episodes are actually quite close to being a half-hour long each (with no commercials originally intended, we get to enjoy more story, as well as fun trivia breaks in between the main story, hosted by James, Sarah, Henri, and even Dr. Franklin).
Among other things to enjoy are the theme song, "Through My Own Eyes," as well as the wide range of voice actors (the cast ranges from Walter Cronkite as Ben Franklin to Billy Crystal as John Adams, with Governor Schwartzenegger, Whoopi Goldberg, Aaron Carter and many more familar voices from Hollywood).
So, yes be sure to buy this series, you won't be dissapointed -- it's wonderfully smart, historically accurate, and great fun for the whole family and you'll be surprised to actually learn loads from it . . . again, just be sure to order THIS one -- the one with the better price. :)"
Homeschoolers dream for American History
just my 2 cents | USA | 09/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a Homeschooling mom this is been a dream come true. It provides the informations in a fun fact filled way that kids really understand what our founding fathers and our people went through to become the United States of America. I would recommend it for kids ages 4-101! I love watching it too. To get the complete series in one set is great because watching the individual episodes online at KEWL cartoons is hard because they only offer 5 at a time and generally out of order. We own a few of the DVD's which were hard to find and we watch them over and over. So, I'm really thrilled to get the complete set all at once and I'll use it in my lesson plans for our Homeschool co-op too. I know no one who buys this will be disapointed except if your a History Major or professor and you'd only be disapointed that it didn't last longer into the Civil War and the War of 1812. Maybe they'll carry on at a later date. My 2 cents thanks for the read."
Liberty Kids Rocks
J. Robison | Wylie, TX | 11/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My 10 yr. old son was thrilled to get the Liberty Kids series for his birthday recently. He had seen one or two DVD's from the library and wanted to see them all. He eagerly watched the entire series. It seems to be a great learning tool, as I've heard him spouting off all kinds of historical information since watching it. They did a great job of animation as well as making history come to life! I highly recommend the Liberty Kids series."
Great for homeschoolers!
linda | new york | 03/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This has been a fun supplement to our homeschooling curriculum. The kids look forward to watching each new episode!"