I promised myself that the reviews I write would be as honest as possible. With that in mind I have to say that I'm not crazy about "The Wheels on the Bus: Mango's Big Dog Parade" DVD. But, in keeping with the honesty policy, I must also admit that I'm not crazy about most of the programming aimed at my daughter's preschool demographic. I'm no fan of the Doodlebops, the Wiggles, Dora or even Diego (charming as he may be what with all that animal saving he does). This, of course, bothers my daughter not one little bit. She loves all of those shows and she really, really loves "The Wheels on the Bus: Mango's Big Dog Parade." Once it arrived from the Parent Bloggers it became regular and frequent viewing fare at our house and I couldn't get her to watch much else. And really, why should I mind? The songs are catchy, the lessons taught in the DVD are good and appropriate ones for her age (taking turns and getting along) and she loves singing and dancing along with the kids in the video.
Delaney was already familiar with the song, "The Wheels on the Bus," so the video won her over from the beginning because she could sing along. She also loves the animal characters present throughout the show and especially loves pointing out to me the ones she sees on the bus: "Look, mommy, there's a bunny on the bus!" One of her favorite parts of the DVD is when a dog and his mother sing a song about how the dog procrastinates whenever they try to leave the house--this being one of Delaney's own personal stalling tactics. Apparently she appreciates this characteristic in others as well.
So, it really shouldn't matter that I'm not digging the bus driver, Argon the Dragon (whose voice is The Who's Roger Daltry). It shouldn't matter that the mime on the bus seems a bit strange to me (Delaney adores him). And it shouldn't matter that the kids in the video appear to be lip-synching through the whole production. What matters is that Delaney enjoys this show and she gets to sing and dance and learn something while watching it. Which is more than I can say for some of the preschool fare out there (Wow, Wow Wubzy, I'm talking to you!).
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