Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Whistlefritz French for Kids {Review and DVD Giveaway}



Bonjour les enfants!
Award Winning Producer of Spanish for Kids
Launches French for Kids DVDs and CDs




Initial Releases in the Launch --
Dedans et Dehors (Inside and OutDVD  
Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!Music CD
Available May 13, 2014 from Whistlefritz

“A great way to introduce the language to young children.”
The National Parenting Center

WashingtonDC (April 9, 2014) –"Parlez-vous français?" Now your child may answer “Oui” as Whistlefritz, the award-winning producer of the Spanish for Kids language immersion media, announces the launch of French for Kids, where kids are introduced to one of the world’s most spoken languages.  Available May 13, 2014 the initial titles in the launch are Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD (SRP $19.99) and Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!) musical CD (SRP $14.99).

Recommended by parents, teachers and critics, Whistlefritz language immersion DVDs blend live-action with lively animation and amusing characters that catch the eye and engage the imagination.  CDs feature catchy original tunes and native speakers for an authentic flair!  Whistlefritz’s programs continue to win honors from some of the most trusted names in children’s media, including Parents’ Choice Foundation, Dove Foundation, KIDS FIRST! and Dr. Toy, as well as top reviews in such prestigious publications as BooklistSchool Library Journal and Video Librarian.                                                                                    

Fritzi’s in the house!  But où est Fritzi?  Finding the mischievous mouse Fritzi is just part of the fun in Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD, the first release in a series of lively language learning programs, which is “highly recommended”(Video Librarian). 

Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD welcomes les enfants (children) to Fritzi’s house, where up or down, inside or out, there is lots to learn and plenty to do.  Explore every area of Fritzi’s house, fromla chambre (the bedroom) and la salle de bain (the bathroom) to le salon (the living room) and la cuisine (the kitchen).  An engaging interactive format teaches children greetings, parts of the house, positional words, food, daily activities, numbers, and more.  And that’s not all! Nous allons chanter et danser!  (We’re going to sing and dance!)  This DVD will have children on their feet dancing along to upbeat rhythms. 

Designed for children ages 2-7, Dedans et Dehors DVD has French subtitles and includes an easy-to-use translation guide for parents and teachers, who are first time learners of French. Dedans et Dehors haswon a Parents’ Choice Silver Award, Mom’s Choice Gold Award, Dove Foundation’s Family-Approved Seal and a Mr. Dad Seal of Approval.  Booklist praises, “Catchy music, cute kids and clever animation make this a great choice.” 

Get in the language-learning groove with Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!) musical CD, a delightful collection of catchy original tunes and beloved traditional favorites performed by internationally acclaimed vocalists Marie-Louise Desage and Didier Prossaird. From “Bonjour Les Amis” to “Au Revoir,” kids and adults will be happily immersed in irresistible rhythms and catchy songs that introduce French words and phrases such as numbers (“Un, Deux et Trois”), parts of the body (“La Tête), Les Épaules”/Head, Shoulders) and children’s favorite topics “Quand Je Serai Grand”/When I’m Big.” A rollicking rendition of “La Vieux MacDonald” (Old MacDonald) puts a French twist on a beloved classic.  Recommended for ages 2-7.

All Whistlefritz programs including French for Kids are available at www.whistlefritz.com.

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About Whistlefritz:
Founded in 2006, Whistlefritz was borne out of a mom’s passion to teach her children a second language.  Motivated by research showing that early childhood was the best time to learn a language,Whistlefritz's founder Heidi Stock set out on a mission to assemble high-quality teaching materials for her children.  Not finding what she wanted, she created a line of engaging, playful, live-action language immersion programs. Whistlefritz is a trusted name in language learning entertainment, working with schools and parents across the United States and internationally to do one thing:  create entertaining and educational programs to inspire children to want to learn a new language. For more information and to order Whistlefritz products, please visit www.whistlefritz.com.

OUR THOUGHTS:  The CD songs are fun and catchy including classics that are familiar to children like Old McDonald.  The songs are in French but there is a booklet with the CD that gives a translation to the words in the song.  The upbeat rhythm and tunes definitely have kids clapping and wanting to dance along.

The DVD is completely in French. At first I was unhappy with that fact.  How are the kids suppose to learn if I can't translate what's being said?  Leading experts believe that the best way to learn a second language is through complete immersion.  I was pleasantly surprised when the  DVD was really simple to follow. The main character is chatting back and forth with children.  When a new word is introduced such as a bowl a picture is shown and the word is repeated many times in French.  The kids really did pick up on it pretty quickly.  I think they really enjoyed having something different also . The DVD is engaging and interactive. We give it a thumbs up! 

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"Living at the Whitehead's Zoo received a copy of French for Kids on DVD and CD for reviewing purposed. All opinions are our own." 
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