Paws & Tales: Being Kind & Caring
I am a huge fan of radio theatre. I am also a fan of the radio program Paws & Tales. It use to, and I am sad it no longer does, air every Saturday at 7:30pm and I was a frequent listener to the fun yet Biblically sound lessons each episode taught. When I discovered that Insight for Living produced a cartoon version of the much loved radio program, I was ecstatic! Even more so when it was listed as a product up for review. I had no hesitations as I choose this as my next “book” to review.
Paws & Tales: Being Kind & Caring has two episodes on the DVD.
The first episode is titled, “The Hullabaloo at Hunker Hill”. In this episode Staci agrees to the challenge of riding a soapbox derby car down a dangerous hill – Hunker Hill. While racing down, Staci crashes and is injured. As she is admitted into the hospital, C.J. decides to investigate the matter. He is convinced that Hugh, the instigator of the challenge, is at fault. During his investigation, C.J. learns more than just who is at fault; he also learns a greater life lesson about forgiveness.
This first episode’s lesson is founded on two verses in Matthew.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times”. Matthew 18:21-22
The second episode, “The Great Go-Kart Race”, takes the gang on the road of self discovery when a dispute arises about who will drive the go-kart in the race. Each member of the club decides to build their own go-kart but the results aren’t exactly what they had in mind. Based on Matthew 6:14, this episode continues the lesson on forgiveness.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
My thought’s on this DVD? I absolutely adored it. There was a little adjustment period for me since I was use to imagining the characters while listening to the radio, and seeing them on screen made my brain do a double take because in my mind each person looked totally different. Once I overcame that hurdle, it was easy to watch and follow along. (And yes, when I listen to the radio I revert back to what my mind thinks they look like. )
The episodes aren’t very long – probably around 20 minutes each. To me that was enough time to teach the lesson while enjoying the adventure. Since each episode had a lesson intertwined, it was nice to discover that the lesson didn’t feel preachy or overpower the child with a sermon. It was there, but it was told throughout the story as each character came to realize how their action pertained to that particular lesson. Great way for a child to learn since it was repeated more than once in the episode.
Along with the two episodes, the DVD also includes a song section. The songs are taken from the episodes and include the words which makes it easy for your child to learn. If your child isn’t reading yet, no worries, as the songs are very catchy and they are sure to learn it just by listening. The DVD also has PDF files with activities to engage your child. There are two activities provided, but they are geared towards the younger audience.
Another feature of the DVD that I truly enjoyed was the introduction to each episode. Who better to introduce the story and the lesson than Chuck Swindoll? It was a nice touch and I think he did a swell job of letting the viewer know what was to come without giving away the ending.
For the parent there are discussion questions for you to use either before, during, or after viewing the episodes. The questions engage the child and will get them to think about what they just saw and heard. It would be a fun exercise to ask the questions before viewing the DVD to gauge where your child is at, then to ask the same questions after the episode to see what they gleaned from the show. What great tools this DVD provides!
I really enjoyed this DVD and believe other families will too. I don’t really want to put an age limit on the DVD, but if you were to ask, I’d say children between the ages of four through eleven would get the most out of it. If your child is older, it’s still a fun cartoon to watch but might not be as entertaining for them, so I would suggest using the questions to help get them thinking about the character’s actions and maybe asking how they would handle a similar situation. Personally, I think every household should have a copy. Plus, due to the short time frame of each episode, you can also use this as a teaching tool for Sunday School or Children’s Church.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, Tyndale Publishing House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”