From the Publisher: Using colorful animation, fun characters, and great lessons, Paws & Tales is an exciting tool for helping build godly character into kids. Based on the “Paws & Tales” nationally broadcast radio program presented by Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Living, the Paws & Tales videos communicate biblical truth and show kids how they can apply it to real life. Kids will be captivated by the adventure, caught up in the laughter, and carried away in the fun . . . and the whole time they’ll be on their way to understanding solid Bible theology. This first DVD in the series, based on Psalm 23:1 and Proverbs 10:25, teaches kids that God cares for them. The DVD features two full-length animated episodes, music videos, an e-book, activities, and parent resources.
Chuck Swindoll comments to parents: “Laying a good spiritual foundation in your children is essential . . . and even better when it’s reinforced early and often. Paws & Tales is a great tool for helping you build godly character into your kids.”
When this DVD arrived at my door, my four-year-old excitedly awaited the opening of the package (as he does with every package we get). Once he realized it was going to be for him, he turned into a gumball machine bouncing ball and wanted to watch the DVD right away.
Colorful packaging catches the eye of children right away; however, without stimulating content, my child’s attention span will wain and that is the true testament of how something will rate for him.
The first time we watched the two episodes included with this DVD, my son was enthralled. He paid very close attention to what was occurring and really seemed to enjoy it. When we watched the music videos included, he danced around the living room.
The true test of anything is if my son will watch it again. After we finished the first viewing, he asked to see “the sheep” again. The first episode on the DVD finds our central characters going to help on a sheep farm, caring for the sheep as God cares for us. This is the lesson being instilled in children through the story. My son has asked to watch this episode again and again since the first time. His favorite character? The sheep (he’s four and an animal lover, what can I say?). As to if he has really learned anything, I am on the fence. I have talked to him about the meaning, and he can repeat what we’ve discussed. Parrotting doesn’t equate to understanding in one as young as him, in my opinion. I think with time and continued discussion, he will come to understand the true meaning of the story. However, I think if you expect complete understanding from a very young child, you may be disappointed.
We would certainly watch other DVD’s of this series, as they kept my child entertained and teach him the principles I would like for him to learn. As with anything, I will still work to gear that understanding in a way that I find fitting for our family. However, the DVD’s provide a good starting point for having children understand.
I would recommend this to parents of small and elementary school children, bearing in mind that it will simply be an entertaining video for younger ones. It is important to note that it is basic animation, so please don’t watch it expecting to see Disney/Pixar quality. It is still quite good and shouldn’t be discredited simpy due to formatting.
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For more information about Paws and Tales, visit here.
You can also view a clip of the video here:
"Paws and Tales: God Cares for You on YouTube"