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I would prefer that my daughter not like some things that she really
enjoys, but thats an adult sensibility trying to impose itself on
a three-year-old. While I do think Barney is instructional, it's
not very creative. The kids have these pat, automated responses
to everything. Thats reassuring to children, to always know what
s coming next. I would say the same about Teletubbies, which is
why I don't buy their videos. They have a dumbing-down effect. The
creatures speak in baby talk. When Kasey was two she didn't talk
like that, so I hate having her listen to it. Im glad she's interested
in shows such as Blues Clues, Dragon Tales, and
Dora the Explorer. Dora is my favorite. Shes a Latina who, along
with her friend Boots the Monkey, explores a different place every
day. They teach kids how to count, memorize, and solve problems.
Dora teaches all her lessons in English and Spanish. As the parent
of an African American girl, I think it's important for her to see
people of color in shows catering to children her age. Blues
Clues is also huge in our house. It's hosted by a young man
and his dog, Blue. Kasey really likes the fact that Blue is a female
Author of nine children's books, including Night Garden: Poems
from the World of Dreams (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2000)
I usually choose science and nature videos. Halfway through the
dinosaur encyclopedia, I might suggest that we watch Walking
with Dinosaurs. Its a way to vary our learning. Andrew, who
is eight, likes Wallace and Gromit, which is claymation and
very funny. One of his favorites is the art video Chihuly over
Venice, about Dale Chihuly, the glass artist. He loves the way
it shows the making of art as a concrete and complete process, from
the blowing of breath into a fiery mass to shipping details. I also
like Beethoven Lives Upstairs, the story of Beethoven in
his last years deaf, angry, and somewhat crazy. The video shows
a young boy as he comes to understand how frustrating deafness must
be. But it also shows Beethoven acting like a belligerent, overgrown
baby. After watching it, Andrew and I had a good talk and we agreed
that even being a genius does not excuse inconsiderate behavior.
Last year, I gave in on the Pokemon videos, which mainly depict
the violence of fantasy: dragons breathing fire, creatures kicking
others flat on their backs, tails that whip. But it is the kind
of thing that makes a kid want to kick and wrestle and knock someone
down. Lucky for me, he got bored within two months. Or maybe all
those years of wrinkling my nose at the crummy stuff and sitting
with him during the good videos have paid off.