Monday, November 22, 2010

Families of the World...Review & Giveaway!

There is a wonderful series out for children called Families Of The World and if you have a child aged 5-11 you should most definitely be interested in introducing these important DVD's.

We had the pleasure of reviewing two of the titles here in our home and I was so glad to have seen them.  Here is a taste of what we saw...

In Families of Kenya we meet 11-year-old Prince, a sixth grader who lives in the city of Nairobi with his mother, who owns a preschool; father, a purchasing agent; and older siblings Ian and Shelby.  After waking to the sound of barking dogs from next door, Prince helps with morning chores before heading off to school, where we sit in on a science class.  After school, he rides bikes with a buddy, making sure to clean off all the dust from the road, caused by the area’s years-long drought.  Homework follows dinner, then it’s video games before bed.  During the weekend, Prince helps with the shopping, attends church with his family, and enjoys a local festival featuring tribal dances.  Later he visits relatives at the seaside city of Mombasa.

            Eleven-year-old John starts his day on his family’s farm at five a.m., helping his parents and brother, Jeffrey, with household chores like tending to their many animals.  Then it’s an hour-long walk to school where he attends the seventh grade six days a week.  He tells us that education is deemed very important so villages work hard to come up with the money to help the schools.  He has midday dinner with his family, who close their shop at noon along with the rest of the local businesses.  We are also taken on a safari tour run by John’s cousin and shown the wondrous wildlife of Africa, including lions, elephants, zebras and hyenas.  At night, John helps bring in the furniture from outdoors and feeds and waters the cows before heading off to bed.

In Families of Afghanistan, meet Zamora, 13, who lives in the country with her parents, three sisters, two brothers and two uncles.  An early riser, Zamora has chores to complete before breakfast, including tending to the cows and chickens.  She shows us how the homes in her village are built around a common courtyard to help protect them and their vegetable gardens from the elements.  At meals, she often helps feed her uncle, who lost his arms and eyesight to a land mine.  She attends religion class, where she studies the Koran, and performs her daily prayers (five times a day).

Twelve-year-old Madina lives in Kabul with her parents, two sisters, uncle and cousin.  Unlike Zamora, who attends school in the afternoon, Madina’s classes are in the morning and include studies in math, science, language, history and sports.  She also tutors another student twice a week in computers.  After school and the midday meal she shares with her family, Madina helps with household chores like vacuuming and ironing, then enjoys an afternoon snowball fight before doing her homework, eating supper and playing games.

Both Families of Kenya and Families of Afghanistan introduced the boys to a way of life which was completely different to them and for that I am grateful.  You can only explain with words so much...things have more of an impact with visuals sometimes and this is one of those times.  What a wonderful way these DVDs' go about showing different cultures by showing children other children "just like them" and showing the differences in their lives and the things that are the same as well. The videos really help to explain different cultures, instill a better understanding as well as tolerance and I think they are a must for school aged children.  A&W may have been a little young (just turned 4 and the recommended age is 5-11) but I think they still got something out of it and these are definitely DVD's I will show them again.  

You can purchase Families of the World DVD's here on Amazon or click here to visit Families of the World directly for more buying options.  Each DVD retails for $29.99.

One Reviewed By Mom reader will win a copy of Families of Kenya AND Families of Afghanistan!  Here is how to enter...


Mandatory Entry:  Visit Families of the World and check out the list of other countries featured in this amazing series.  Leave a comment below telling me which other country you would like your child to learn more about.  You must complete this entry for all others to count.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was provided with the above mentioned DVD's  for purpose of review.  The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

41 comments:

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Kenya is the place for travelling. There are number of attractions and activities there.

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