After tackling the potty, Bear takes on another childhood fear: the doctor. In two episodes, Bear uses his tender touch and unflappable upbeat attitude to calm his friends when Dr. Hog visits in "A Big Blue House Call." Ojo is especially queasy about the visit, fearing the Mt. Everest of doctor visits--the dreaded shot. Through song and talking about the facts, Bear lets everyone know a checkup is full of good things for you and a shot, if necessary, only hurts for a moment. In "That Healing Feeling," Bear takes Tutter to Dr. Hog's to examine the mouse's crushed tail. Learning how the doctor's tools work, including the x-ray, calms Tutter. Whether your pre-kindergartner will be at ease at the doctor's after watching this video is unknown, but "Bear" fills a void in giving younger children calming information to counter the usual cartoon doctor high jinks. (Ages 3 to 7) --Doug Thomas
My daughter is almost 3 and LOVES Bear in the Big Blue House. This DVD is more substantial than a lot of other children's DVD's out there... it's got this Montessori-ish way of teaching kids, i.e. not focusing so much on ABC's and stuff, but preparing children for life. It also is longer than most DVD's, and of higher quality as well. The singing is very good (especially Shadow) and the atmosphere of the DVD is relaxing and soothing on the whole. I am glad I gave it a try for my daughter, and couldn't be more pleased with how much she loves it and the quality of the content.
We love bear in our house and especially on the DVD format. It is the only way to go with kids movies. The added features the DVD verion offers makes it worth the few extra dollars. It has sing a longs and 3 story selections which make it great when you are trying to make a squirmy toddler sit still. Quick and easy and totally cute. My son love the "everybody say ah" and the " hello doctor song" we had to play them over and over and over again. A good buy with three great episodes and awesome happy songs.
My two year old just loves "Big House" as he calls it, and likes this one better than any of the others we own, including Blues Clues and Elmo, which is saying a lot!! He actually ASKS to go to the doctor's office after watching it. If I need to do any housework, I just put the show in, and don't have to worry about him getting bored. It is awesome!!
Wonderful. Outstanding songs and puppets. Speaks well to the child. "I especially enjoyed how well it explains what doctors do." "Good role models for overcoming fear." Easily viewed in two 25-minute segments. Enjoyed it, would watch again. "Bear helped Ojo. I love Bear." "It teaches everyone not to be afraid to go to the doctor." "I wonder if my doctor likes to go to the doctor?" "I thought the little rats getting their checkups were cute." Ages 2-5.
As always, I'm a little disappointed at the amount of song, footage, and theme reuse on the various bear videos, but my 210 month old daughter seems to love them! Bear helps kids to feel good about shots, exams, and visiting the doctor's office.