Pick. This designed-for-babies video from the Baby Einstein series
is a celebration of water--and it's as mesmerizing as an aquarium. Baby
Neptune explores water
in nature--from ponds to oceans--and water "at my house"
(the garden hose and the bath) through live-action
scenes, toys in action, and cute puppets, including a friendly
plush octopus puppet.
To be perfectly honest, when I
first saw the video, I thought the people at Baby Einstein were
stretching to find a new topic for their line of videos. I was
pleasantly surprised, however, at how fun this video is. Don't get
me wrong--I like most of the videos in the Baby Einstein series.
(Some of our favorites are
Baby Van Gogh
Baby Beethoven: Symphony of Fun). It
was the subject of "water" that had me skeptical.
However, Baby Neptune is just as "flowing" and appealing
as the other titles in the series.
One of the narrators in the video
says, "Water is all around us", and Baby Neptune
effectively delivers that message. Plenty of opportunities for
exploration of basic concepts are present as well. When the video
is used as it is intended (as a parent-child interactive
experience), it presents opportunities to talk about colors and
new vocabulary words. Kid-friendly renditions of songs from
Beethoven, Handel, Strauss, and Telemann ("Water
Music"!) make up most of the audio track--it's largely
wordless. This is a cute video offering with plenty of
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||Released 2003, Walt Disney
||Ages 9-36 months