Danny the Dragon DVD ReviewMonday, March 15, 2010
You may recall my book review earlier this month on Tina Turbin's Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy children's book and her Danny the Dragon DREAMS CD. It's a wonderful, imaginative story about a boy who finds a magical sea shell, which he discovers is home to Danny the Dragon and his navigator Skipper. Now this story will be soon available on DVD. Set to be released in April, this DVD provides a unique experience for children of differing abilities, especially for the deaf and hard of hearing. As you listen to the audio and read along with the illustrations, you can also watch it with sign language interpretation. I don't know sign language, but it made it more interesting to watch the expressive signs. I found it even enhanced my interest in the story simply because I'm more of a visual learner. When I threw in the DVD to watch for the first time, my kids were busy playing in the room. As soon as the story began, they gradually walked their way over to the screen and gazed on in almost a trance. I tried not to take any offense that they preferred the DVD version to my animated reading of this delightful tale.
I think it is a wonderful idea to have a DVD version of Danny the Dragon with sign language. And because Tina Turbin is such a caring humanitarian, she has chosen to donate half of the profits of this DVD to support literacy and education for Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf, one of only two Montessori schools in the United States serving the deaf student population. The other half of the profits will go towards literacy and education for the welfare of all children. This is just an example of all the charitable causes Tina Turbin is involved with. You can read my interview with the author here or for more about Tina Turbin, Danny the Dragon and gluten-free information, you can visit the following sites:
* Disclosure: I was sent a Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy DVD for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated in any other way. The opinions expressed above are my own honest opinions. *