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image.jpeg LOOK OUT… IT’S DINOMAYNIA!!!! NAT GEO’S FIRST ANNUAL MONTH -LONG CELEBRATION OF DINOSAURS Dinosaurs may be extinct, but they never go extinct with kids. While these huge dangerous reptiles disappeared from the earth over 65 million years ago, they are still very much alive in the imagination of countless toddlers and kids. Vertebrate paleontologist and dinosaur expert, Nizar Ibrahim shares his love of these fascinating creatures. He has scoured the deserts of North Africa for clues to life in the Cretaceous period, when the area was a large river system teeming with a profusion of diverse life. His team has unearthed giant dinosaur bones and footprints as well as remains of prehistoric fishes, crocodile-like predators, and giant flying reptiles. He is renowned for his decades long work tracing Spinosaurus, one of the most unusual dinosaurs yet found: a predator that was longer from snout to tail than an adult T.rex, and that had a six-foot tall sail on its back. Ibrahim’s multi-disciplinary research projects shed light on a period of major changes for our planet including extreme climate fluctuations and the breakup of the supercontinent. Join world renowned paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim on international Dinosaur Day, May 18th as he discusses everything dinosaur. He will answer questions like: · Why do dinosaurs continue to capture the imagination of kids around the world? What makes them so appealing? · What is International Dinosaur Day and DINOMAYNIA? How can we learn more? · Can you share some of the new science that is changing older theories about how dinosaurs looked, moved and lived? · What can you tell us about Spinosaurus? I understand they were partial to water. · What does it feel like to unearth dinosaur bones from the earth? · What does it mean to be a National Geographic Explorer? Join Nat Geo Kids for an entertaining, fun-filled exploration of our favorite prehistoric creatures by visiting the DinoMAYnia web hub (www.natgeokids.com/dinomania), or by checking out our incredible selection of dinosaur books (http://natgeodinomania.com/). Follow along on Twitter and Facebook at @NatGeoBooks as we share weekly Dino Dispatches and fascinating trivia. Parents can visit our Reimagining Dinosaurs content hub for more fascinating stories about dinosaurs, including some of the latest dinosaur discoveries that are changing the way we understand dinosaurs, from the way they looked to the way they lived. ABOUT - Nizar Ibrahim is a vertebrate paleontologist and comparative anatomist with a background in the bio-and geosciences and a Ph.D. in vertebrate paleontology. His teaching and research affiliations include the University of Detroit Mercy, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh, PA) and the University of Portsmouth (UK). Over the last decade, he has reached millions of people around the globe via speaking tours, exhibits, educational videos, books, and scientific literacy projects for young people. Ibrahim and his discoveries have been widely featured in National Geographic magazine, most recently in Reimagining Dinosaurs, and in Nature, Science, the Wall Street Journal, Discover, and many other major national publications.
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The Benefits of Pets for Kids During COVID-19 

Many children are experiencing a lot of fear because of the pandemic which turns into various forms of anxiety and sadness.  Parents need to tune in to each child and create a loving and nurturing environment in these uncertain times. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and continuously tell them you are there for them is key to supporting well-being and social development.

As humans we all need to feel socially connected.  Creating special family and friend times over the computer, distance activities in the park, and engaging in art projects to express love and support to others supports human connections.  Long term we are uncertain have children will feel and each one is unique.  Emphasizing resiliency is key to our mental health.

In caring and loving a pet, all family members thrive and feel better through this personal connection: unconditional love.  Even teaching children how to care for an animal, creates an emotional connection and enhances our purpose to give to others.

Children and Youth of all ages are impacted by fear and loss of human interaction.  Older children have increased cognitive abilities to understand feelings but may feel more isolated and hesitant to share with their parents or an older sibling because they are worried about being judged. Supporting all children to express their feelings is the key with love and support in return creates the security we all need in these trying times.

Feeling in control with so much uncertainty about what will happen next about school, work or family life a pet can be a constant for everyone and make people happy, have purpose and an opportunity to give back.

Pets make all people feel wanted and loved and needed.

Many dogs and cats may need homes since shelters and rescues had to close or have limited staff.  First, sit down and make this a family decision and recognize that kids of all ages may say they will do the work to care for a per but in reality Parent(s) have to ultimately take responsibility for the care of any animal:  Do you have the time? What benefits do you see for all your children?  Can your family afford the costs of caring for a pet: food, medical and other items. Make sure you explore the responsibilities of taking on a puppy or kitten, an untrained or trained pet, and what is involved?  Also realize everyone gets attached to a pet and they may get sick or die at one point which will impact your family.  That is life but given the age of your children and the age of the pet exploring this issue as adults is important.

Focus on positive life experiences and recognize each child’s unique temperament which will enhance the mental and social wellbeing of everyone in your family.  Continue to connect safely with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors: always social distance, wash your and each child’s hands several times a day for at least 20 seconds, and Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength® call for emotional help at 1-855-427=2736 got Parents, Children and Youth!

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Movie Review written by Lexi Lapp

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Universal Pictures and Bloomhouse Production

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 paws

Little

Universal Pictures, Legendary Entertainment, Perfect World and Khalabo Ink Society present a PG-13, 109 minute, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy film directed and story by Tina Chism with a theatre release date of April 12, 2019.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

“a movie that is practically perfect in every way”

- Pete Hammond, Deadline

“A sequel worthy of the name”

- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

 

The One-and-Only Mary Poppins Is Back

and Nominated for Four Academy Awards®, Including Best Original Song

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns”

On Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere March 12

and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ March 19

BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2019) — Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award® nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of “Chicago,” “Nine” and “Into the Woods,” and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe®-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film arrives into homes instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD and Movies Anywhere March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 19 — with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features.

Bonus material explores the making of “Mary Poppins Returns,” going behind the scenes with the star-studded cast and crew who collaborated to make even the impossible possible. Extensive extras include a trip down Cherry Tree Lane with original cast member Dick Van Dyke, a sing-along version including the heartfelt Academy Award®-nominated“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” bloopers, deleted scenes, a deleted song and filmmaker commentary. Features also reveal the magic and moxie that went into creating large-scale musical production numbers, such as “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” a rousing song-and-dance number led by Jack and his fellow lamplighters; “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” and “A Cover Is Not the Book,” showcasing the tremendous talents of Blunt and Miranda; “Turning Turtle,” an upside-down sequence featuring Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy; and “Can You Imagine That?” an underwater adventure with Mary Poppins and the Banks children.

In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) — just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane — is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy (Streep), Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr. Dawes Jr. (Van Dyke) — bringing life, love and laughter back into the home.

“Mary Poppins Returns” will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code), a single DVD or a Digital Bundle with both “Mary Poppins Returns” and the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins.”

Bonus features include*:

BLU-RAY & 4K ULTRA HD™:

  • Deleted Song—“The Anthropomorphic Zoo” - In this early song sequence, Mary Poppins and the children visit a very special zoo where the humans and animals trade places.
  • The Practically Perfect Making of “Mary Poppins Returns” - Join filmmakers and cast on an amazing journey to embrace the legacy of the original film while making a fresh modern sequel.
    • Introduction - Filmmakers and cast remember the first Mary Poppins movie and share the thrill of working on “Mary Poppins Returns.”
    • “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” - Discover how the team mined PL Travers' books for a fresh perspective on a much-loved character. Plus, meet the Banks children!
    • “Can You Imagine That?” - Be on location for Mary's iconic entrance from the sky, and explore the movie's original songs, inspired by the Sherman Brothers.
    • “Nowhere to Go but Up” - Experience being on set with the legendary Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, and celebrate the joy of choosing the right balloon!
  • Seeing Things From a Different Point of View”: The Musical Numbers of “Mary Poppins Returns” - Go behind the scenes and experience the film's production numbers from a new angle.
    • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” - Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast performs the film's biggest production number, with dancing lamplighters, bicyclists and more!
    • “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” / “A Cover Is Not the Book” - Find out what it takes to create two musical extravaganzas inside an animated world, highlighted by dancing animated penguins!
    • “Turning Turtle” - Mary's eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down.
    • “Can You Imagine That?” - Dive under the bubbles with the cast and crew to see how this exuberant number was created.
  • Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns – Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first film, returns after 54 years to Cherry Tree Lane as Mr. Dawes Jr.
  • Practically Perfect Bloopers – There's nowhere to go but up with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of flubs, goofs and prop fails!
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Leaving Topsy’s – After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the children pause to take a look back.
    • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – The leeries light up the screen in this extended clip from the movie's biggest musical production.
  • Play Movie in Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.
  • Play Movie with Audio Commentary – Watch the film with commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE:

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:

Product SKUs:                       Digital UHD, HD, SD; Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code); Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code); DVD and On-Demand

Feature Run Time:                             Approximately 130 minutes

Rating:                                                                       PG in U.S. (bonus material not rated), G in CE and CF

Aspect Ratio:                                                         1.85:1

Audio:                                        Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

HD/SD Digital = English 5.1/2.0, Latin Spanish 5.1/2.0, French 5.1/2.0 (for some clients), English 2.0 Descriptive Audio (for some clients)

Languages/Subtitles:                       Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish

                                                                                                        DVD = English SDH, French and Spanish

                                                                                                        HD/SD Digital = English SDH, French and Spanish

Closed Captions:                                 English (DVD and Digital)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook:                                                                                Facebook.com/marypoppinsreturns

Website:                                                                    Movies.Disney.com/mary-poppins-returns

Twitter:                                                                     Twitter.com/MaryPoppins

Instagram:                                                               Instagram.com/marypoppinsreturns

 

“MARY POPPINS RETURNS” CAST AND CREW:

Directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee and a screen story by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca, the film stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins; Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson as the Banks children; with Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins; Meryl Streep as Cousin Topsy; and Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Jr.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is produced by John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a., and Marc Platt, p.g.a., with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The film features all-new original songs with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, as well as an original film score by Shaiman.

 

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE:

Movies Anywheresimplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers are iTunes. Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNOW. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,500 digital movies, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices, Windows 10 and Xbox devices; and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere.

 

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

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©2019 Disney

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Columbia Pictures Corporation, Original Film and Scholastic Entertainment present a 90 minute, PG, Adventure, Comedy, Family film directed by Ari Sandel, written and story by Rob Lieber with a theatre release date of October 12, 2018.

Humans of New York meets The Dogist:
Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs

CITY OF DOGS
N e w York Dogs, T h e i r N e i g h b o r h o o d s ,
a n d t h e P eo p l e W h o Lov e Them

CITY OF DOGS combines moving stories with candid
images to reveal the multifaceted relationships canine
New Yorkers have with their human counterparts.
Enlivened with striking photography, this book pays
tribute to the five boroughs and the dogs who fill them
with loyalty, love, and open-heartedness.
As joyful equalizers, dogs cut through boundaries of social
class and bring people together. Encapsulating the
character of New York and its neighborhoods, Foster and
Scott capture a wide range, including:
• Famous writer and Brooklynite
Jacqueline Woodson, whose
beloved Toffee taught her how to slow down, while her puppy, Shadow,
keeps her active.
• The dogs of Homeland Security at JFK airport in Queens, who maintain
the safety of hundreds of thousands of people traveling each day.
• The Moschellas from Staten Island, who learned to embrace surprise
with the arrival of their triplet children and two dogs.
• Will from the East Village and his corgi, Hobbes, who has taught
him unconditional love and motivates him to spend nights improving
himself professionally with online classes.
• Alex from the Bronx, who owes his sense of purpose to his pit bulls,
Luci and Max.

This perfect holiday gift book uncovers 80 dogs’ different personalities—from the
showboaters to the shy—and the owners who adore them. Bestselling writer Ken Foster and
renowned photographer Traer Scott illustrate the marvelous effect these dogs have on
their urban kingdom.
Ken Foster is the author of several books on dogs, including: The Dogs Who Found Me;
the New York Times bestseller Dogs I Have Met: And the People They Found; and the
national bestseller I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's
Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet. His writing has
appeared in McSweeney's, The Believer, the San Francisco
Chronicle, Bomb, Fence, and Bark.
Traer Scott is an award-winning photographer and
author of ten books, including the bestseller Shelter Dogs
as well as Nocturne: Creatures of the Night, Finding Home:
Shelter Dogs and Their Stories and the forthcoming
Radiant: Farm Animals Up Close and Personal. Her work
is exhibited around the world and has been featured in
National Geographic, Life, Vogue, People, and O: The
Oprah Magazine, and on The New York Times’s Lens blog.
Avery, an imprint focusing on health, wellness,
cookbooks, fitness, psychology, and popular science, is
best known for publishing cutting-edge, but accessible
books from the top experts in their fields. Founded in 1976, Avery quickly established itself as the most
successful independent publisher of health books in
the market. Penguin Group (USA) acquired it as an
imprint in 1999 with a strong commitment to continue
publishing respected, up-to-the-minute books with a clear
focus on helping people make the most of their lives.
The Penguin Group (penguin.com) is a Penguin Random
House Company.


CITY OF DOGS Avery • Hardcover • 9780525535164 • $20 • On Sale: October 9, 2018

s t o r i e s by K e n Fo s t e r

Photos by T ra e r S c o t t

Muppet Babies Make Their Dreams Come True!

MUPPET BABIES: TIME TO PLAY!

 

Bring Home on Disney DVD August 14th

Includes 2 Bonus Episodes, 10 “Muppet Babies: Show & Tell” Shorts and 6 Music Videos!

 

Synopsis:                      Almost 30 years after the Muppet Babies first won the hearts of kids and families around the world, Disney Junior's reimagined "Muppet Babies" chronicles the hilarious playroom antics of a young Kermit the Frog, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Animal – plus a brand-new Muppet Baby, Summer Penguin. Under the watchful eye of Miss Nanny, the Muppet Babies use their imaginations to embark on countless adventures that take them to the farthest corners of the universe and demonstrate to young viewers the power and potential of imaginative play.

Voice Cast:                   Matt Danner as Kermit the Frog; Melanie Harrison as Piggy; Dee Bradley Baker as Animal; Ben Diskin as Gonzo; Eric Bauza as Fozzie Bear; Jessica DiCicco as Summer Penguin; and Jenny Slate as Miss Nancy

Executive Producer:       Tom Warburton

Supervising Director:     Matt Danner

Songwriter::                       Andy Bean

Composer:                          Keith Horn

 

Episodes:                            Sir Kermit the Brave/Animal Fly Airplane

Super Fabulous vs. Captain Icecube/Piggy’s Time Machine

The Great Muppet Sport-A-thon/You Say Potato, I Say Best Friend

Hatastrophe/Fly South

Bonus Features:               2 Bonus Episodes-

How Kermit Got His Groove/One Small Problem

Playground Pirates/The Blanket Fort

10 “Muppet Babies: Show & Tell” Shorts-             

Kermit’s Show and Tell

Piggy’s Show and Tell

Fozzie’s Show and Tell

Gonzo’s Show and Tell

Summer’s Show and Tell

Animal’s Show and Tell

Kermit and Piggy’s Show and Tell

Kermit and Fozzie’s Show and Tell

Piggy and Gonzo’s Show and Tell

The Great Muppet (Short) Musical

6 Music Videos-

“What's So Scary About The Dark?"

"Never Have To Say Goodbye (To The Summer)"

"Get Back In The Game"

"Good Things Come To Those Who Wait"

"You Can Be A Dancer"

"Muppet Pirate Shanty" 

               

Release Date:                    August 14, 2018

Ratings:                                TV-Y (US)

Run Time:                           Approx. 92 minutes (not including bonus)

Aspect Ratio:                     1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions)

Audio:                                  English 2.0 Dolby, Latin Spanish 2.0 Dolby

Subtitles:                            English Line 21, English SDH, French S & Latin Spanish

Closed Captions:              English

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© 2018 Disney

Join Elena as She Travels to the
Magical Land of the Jaquins!

ELENA OF AVALOR: REALM OF THE JAQUINS

 

Bring Home on Disney DVD August 7th

Includes 10 Bonus Shorts!

 

Synopsis:                      Join Crown Princess Elena as she soars through a hidden gateway into Vallestrella, the mysterious, dazzling domain of the jaquins. On the way there, she accidentally releases a mythical forest sprite that could endanger Avalor! Now Elena must find the jaquins’ magical, legendary Sunbird Oracle to save the kingdom!

Voice Cast:                   Aimee Carrero as Elena; Jane Fonda as Shuriki; Lou Diamond Phillips as Victor Delgado; Cheech Marin as Quita Moz; Noël Wells as Marimonda; Carlos Alazraqui as Skylar; Yvette Nicole Brown as Luna; and Chris Parnell as Migs

Creator/

Executive Producer:       Craig Gerber

Co-Executive Producer/

Story Editor:                       Silvia Olivas

Episodes:                            Realm of the Jaquins (44-minute episode)

Three Jaquins and a Princess

Shapeshifters

Bonus Features:               10 Bonus Shorts-             

                                                Adventures in Vallestrella – Flight of the Butterfrog

Adventures in Vallestrella – Sleeping Sunbird

Adventures in Vallestrella – Fast Food

Adventures in Vallestrella – Peabunny Boogie

Adventures in Vallestrella – Human Nature

Scepter Training with Zuzo – The Heist

Scepter Training with Zuzo – Royal Treasury Escape

Scepter Training with Zuzo – Nothing But Blaze

Scepter Training with Zuzo – Stoway

Scepter Training with Zuzo – Don’t Be Our Guest             

Release Date:                    August 7, 2018

Ratings:                                TV-Y (US)

Run Time:                           Approx. 90 minutes (not including bonus)

Aspect Ratio:                     1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions)

Audio:                                  English 2.0 Dolby, French 2.0 Dolby & Latin Spanish 2.0 Dolby

Subtitles:                            English Line 21, English SDH, French S & Latin Spanish

Closed Captions:              English

© 2018 Disney

Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 paws

Breaking In

Universal Pictures, Breaking In Pictures and Will Packer Productions present a PG-13, 88 minute, Thriller, directed by James McTeigue and written by Ryan Engle with a theatre release date of May 11, 2018.

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