With the Van Gogh
, and other Baby
programs under their belts, the tots who follow Julie Aigner-Clark's Baby Einstein
series will sidle up to Baby Newton
expecting a similar exploration of building blocks to brilliance, but this time there's a wrinkle or two. Animation makes its first appearance, and parents steeped in keep-it-simple culture may object to the springy "I Know My Shapes" song, a departure from classical-only video predecessors. Otherwise, the tried-and-true genius launchers of titles past pop up anew--Vivaldi floats through each of five shape segments, and clever puppet shows play quickly and infrequently enough to captivate the under-2 crowd. Plus, talk about well rounded: Clark covers the bases, showing off triangular sails drifting toward the sunset one second and geometric patterns the next. Play it for a departure from skill-building standbys like pop-up books and plastic sorters for ages 1 to 3. --Tammy La Gorce
BABY NEWTON(TM) is an enriching new approach to learning shapes as they are found in our world through the context of toys, nature, kinetic art, and beautiful geodesic forms. Hosted by colorful puppets and an animated clown, BABY NEWTON will take your toddler on a field trip thorough a shape-filled world of sound and motion. Featuring delightful, silly puppet shows and baby-friendly animation accompanied by beautiful live-action video and classical music by Vivaldi, BABY NEWTON is the perfect a way to engage and stimulate your young child.