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Jobz 4 Dogz DVD / Amazing Heroes DVD Review by Christine Hindle

Dream Big Productions
1534 N Moorpark Rd. #303
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

These two DVDs are each 90 minutes long and have 3 episodes each. The back of the case says that they are for ages 3-10. The Jobz4Dogz DVD has Rescue K-9, Police K-9, and Hollywood K-9 segments. The Amazing Heroes DVD has Firefighters, Police Officers, and Rescue Workers segments. Both DVDs had a lot of good information on them. The people being interviewed were very interesting. The hosts on both, however, while trying to inject humor, came off as merely silly. For instance, the female host ("Hero-ologist") of the Amazing Heroes video comes out in a police uniform and says, "I look just like a real policewoman." Her sleeves are hanging about three inches past her hands (which aren't even visible), and her gun is strapped right in the front of her waist. I don't think I've ever seen any police officer with a weapon there. That is just one of many, many silly things on this DVD. I found it distracting and disappointing. Having said that, I am not the target audience of these DVDs, and my 5-year-old granddaughter was not as critical of them. I don't think she found them hilariously funny, but they were fast-paced and had a lot of good footage, so they held her attention. The Hollywood segment of the Jobz4Dogz DVD had an American Idol spoof for dogs, and I'm pretty sure kids 3-10 aren't going to get all the innuendos, and I didn't want to. I just felt like there was so much good stuff here, why ruin it will all the silliness? The Jobz4Dogz DVD has a special features section for bloopers.

I believe the subjects of these DVDs are good subjects for social studies classes in your homeschool. Certainly, we want our children to learn about firemen, police officers, and rescue workers; and K-9 dogs are always of interest to children. These DVDs contain a lot of good information. They sell for 7.95 each on Dream Big Production's website, or you can buy both for $14.95.

Product review by Christine Hindle, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, June 2011