Excellent Spanish language DVD
C. Fountain | Los Angeles, CA USA | 10/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best Spanish-language DVDs that I've come across. As a bilingual mother trying to raise a bilingual child, I'm always looking for good books, games, and DVDs with authentic Spanish. This DVD contains songs from Plaza Sésamo, which is the Mexican version of Sesame Street. Though it's sponsored by Sesame Workshop, however, it is not a dubbed version of Sesame Street, but a totally different show with many of its own characters. For example, instead of Big Bird it has Abelardo, a large bird with green feathers. At the same time, it incorporates some Sesame Street favorites like Bert (Beto), Ernie (Enrique) and Elmo. I think that makes it perfect for kids who watch Sesame Street, since they'll see those familiar faces.
I also love the songs on this DVD, as does my son. There's Abelardo singing "Me gusta ser yo" (I like being me), Elmo singing about the sounds all around us, etc. The songs are catchy and creative and the Spanish is not simplified at all, which is a big plus for me. Even for kids who are not bilingual, learning these songs would be a great introduction to Spanish. My son is two but I think that kids up to about age 6 would enjoy this DVD. And more than a few parents will too!"
Unable to see closed captions
Amy D. | 01/28/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This video is described as having closed-captions, and the case's label has the CC logo on it, however we are unable to see the closed captioning, and have tried it on 3 different DVD players including our home PC's DVD player.
I have searched online, and found that poor-quality compression can cause closed-captions to be lost....?? We are trying to learn spanish, and have found that Plaza Sesamo with closed-captioning on our local spanish television station is helpful - but we wanted to be able to track back to repeat sections.
So, we were disappointed that we can't get the captions. However, the content otherwise is quite charming."
Too much singing, not enough real content
Mrs PPBoy | Pennsylvania | 03/04/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Bought this for my 17 month old (teaching her SPanish). She was not impressed. It is filled with song after song, but no skits, no real content. It gets tired, fast. You're better off getting "Me gusta ser yo" and "bienvenida la primavera"."