Parents know that once you buy a video for your child, you will probbaly have to see it yourself at least 12,000 times. While Barney and the Teletubbies make me want to bury an ax in my own skull, I actually look forward to seeing this inventive, wonderful, whimsical video.
The songs are first-rate, with funny, engaging words and gentle melodies. And they do actually impart educational information about, among other things, shapes, body parts, numbers, manners, and the alphabet. The art is utterly charming, and the voice actors give every character an appealing and vivid presence. There is really nothing not to like about this video. Even the length is right for a child's attention span, and for limiting daily TV time. What I like about it most of all is that, while many kids videos are overbearing and insistent, this one is low-key and laid back.
We tried one of the other Richard Scarry videos (the counting one) and it was okay, but the magic of this one is unique.