Just got a copy of this and it is simply one of the greatest children's entertainment programs I have seen in years. Consisting of three episodes (Chanukah, Passover and Shabbat), each of the shows (like specials) details the history of the holiday, provides incredible music ranging from traditional songs to brand new originals and also features a truly fun cooking segment for such dishes as latkes, Matzo Pizza, and Challah bread. The DVD comes WITH a bonus CD of the music (about a dozen tracks).
What's really fun is Mama Doni's exuberant excitement about Jewish tradition while bringing the presentation into modern living to invigorate participation (singing, dancing and so on) for kids. The music is incredible, blending traditional Jewish melodies with American Bluegrass. While this may sound ... unique... it surprisingly lends itself to and provides a level of fun and education I've not seen in any program for kids before. The gent on the instruments (Eric Lindberg) is wonderful, and while he plays guitar, dobro, mandolin, he is also a great co-star and provides a wonderful balance to Mama Doni. The lessons about the holidays are told with great understanding and ruach, and are told camera face-forward as if she is speaking to you and you alone! The kids in the series are also a blast... "do you say Chanukah or do you say Hanukah?"... and when they all help prep for the sedar, it's like being in your own home trying to get things ready for company. Do you know what the first thing you have to do to prepare for the sedar is? Clean the House!!! :)
Traditional songs are re-worked in the new style and the original songs range from Honey, This Ain't Money (a tale of a girl trying to spend her gelt like cash... even to buy chocolate!!!), a roaring Let My People Go and a ballad called 8 which might be the best song / video in the assortment.
As for the cooking lessons, not only do you learn how to make the dishes, but the presentation provides how kids can help whether it's putting the Matzo-rella cheese on the Matzo pizza or it's braiding the dough for the Challah.
This DVD is so personalized that it's simply irresistible.