Veggie Tales: Larry Learns to Listen & Bob Lends a Helping Hand Review & Giveaway

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This set is available for purchase on the Big Ideas website for $20.  And is also available in stores nationwide.
About VeggieTales Larry Learns to Listen
When Larry’s new Space Squadron game finally arrives, he’s so anxious to play that he forgets to read the directions. When his friends do their best to tell him, Larry refuses to listen! What happens? His game goes ‘KERPOW!’ That’s when Larry learns a valuable lesson in listening as his friends come to the rescue. Kids will discover, right along with Larry, that God gave friends and family to help us through each day—so when we listen we don’t miss what others have to say!  Also includes two classic shows: “Pistachio” and “Josh and the Big Wall.”

DVD Bonus Features:
Sing-Along to “Larry Learns to Listen”
Visit a Marionette Theater
Sing-Along to “Song of the Cebu”
Interactive Book

About VeggieTales Bob Lends a Helping Hand
When Joe’s mom breaks her big left toe, Bob the Tomato decides to help. Larry and Joe offer their ‘superhero’ help, too, but that’s not exactly what Bob has in mind. Kids will discover right along with Larry and Joe that everyone can be a superhero if you lend a helping hand! Also includes two classic shows, “Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry’s Big River Rescue” and “Lyle the Kindly Viking.”

DVD Bonus Features:
·  Sing-Along to “Bob Lends A Helping Hand”
Boiling River Family Activity (From “Lyle the Kindly Viking” show)
How to Draw Tom and Huck (From “Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry’s Big River Rescue” show)
Interactive Book

The “Larry Learns to Listen” and “Bob Lends a Helping Hand” DVDs come in bright, fun cases featuring the Veggie Tales characters. Both include cute, creative, contemporary animation with clever vegetable “people” who hop everywhere due to lack of feet. Vocals are top quality, as is the music. Humor is interwoven throughout the stories in a way that makes both children and adults laugh, though at times the humor is clearly aimed more at the parent generation.

The length of these 70-plus-minute DVDs, if watched all at once, proved too challenging for my 3-year-old, who stopped watching 45 minutes into the Larry DVD and then played with toy cars while watching the entire Bob DVD. The length took my 4-year-old right to the edge of his attention span. The Larry DVD “felt” longer, and sometimes seemed to pick up again just when you thought a story had finished.

The DVDs featured a combination of morality tales with literary themes (e.g., Pinnochio in one of the Larry DVD stories, and Tom Sawyer in one of the Bob stories), along with occasional overt or oblique references to God or Bible stories (e.g., parable of the lost sheep). The Larry DVD also included a completely biblical story about Joshua and the battle of Jericho.

I felt the lessons in the stories were valuable for young children. The Larry DVD taught the importance of listening to your friends and parents, or to God. The Bob DVD taught the significance of helping others, even to the point of self-sacrifice, and the importance of sharing with others.

I’d also add a “scare alert” to the Larry DVD, as my 4-year-old mentioned at two different points (i.e., a huge wave coming down on characters in a boat, and being swallowed by a large fish) that he was frightened. He told me, “Veggie Tales are scary,” and I had to persuade him a bit to watch the Bob DVD after being a little frightened by the Larry DVD.  These scenes will not bother some children, but it is just something to keep in mind if you know your child is sensitive.

Overall, the “Larry Learns to Listen” and the “Bob Lends a Helping Hand” DVDs would make worthwhile additions to a DVD collection for children ages 4-7, with the caveat that 4-5-year-olds might want to watch them a story or two at a time due to the overall length.  

One lucky Mama Report reader will win their own copy of Larry Learns to Listen & Bob Lends a Helping Hand!



This review was written by Lisa for The Mama Report.

I receive the above mentioned product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. My lil guy LOVES Veggie Tales! Would be thrilled to win this for him! :o)

  2. Kristine Mitchell says

    My daughter wants to be Princess Poppyseed for Halloween, she is in love with the Veggie Tales. Would love to win these!!

  3. Tracie Trump says

    My nieces would love this dvd! tracietrump@yahoo.com

  4. Julie Summa says

    Thanks! Love your blog!

  5. Jennifer Vickers says

    We’d love to win these!!

  6. William Leach says

    I watched Veggie Tales growing up, and my children would love this.

  7. veggies tales are great 🙂

  8. barbara hunt says

    Thanks for the great contest!
    bahjeep@aol.com

  9. Alma Opal Flowers says

    Much needed, these DVD’s for my twin grand babies little boy and little girl 3 years old 10/10/11. Could not get them gifts this year no unemployment 2009-2011.

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