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MUSIC REVIEW: Caspar Babypants–This is Fun!

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This is a cd I just dug out of my crate full o’music that I apparently never got around to listening to before…I probably received this for review years ago because I don’t even remember when! But it turns out that I actually really like it! It’s one of the few out of that huge stash of kids music submitted to me for review that I actually like!

Very catchy! I was bouncing along to “All You Pretty Babies” and literally laughing out to the silliness of the “The Legend of the Bone”…I can totally see families with babies through preschoolers really enjoying this cd! Maybe even some a little older than that, if they like fun kid music. It’s definitely aimed at a young crowd though.

Very clever songs, catchy tunes, cute lyrics, fun!! Well named album! 🙂  Go check it out! Click on the album cover image above and you can listen to samples of the songs on Amazon.

My kids may be grown, but I sometimes have friends with littles over and someday I’ll have grandbabies. I’m keeping this one!

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I do NOT recommend Young Indiana Jones, the teen years.

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I will be putting a disclaimer on all my reviews so far…but once Indy grows up the show takes a very dark and disturbing turn. There’s very little education involved in it (though it’s still there, just minor), and it’s all about wars and battles and killing. I’m about 5 episodes in and it’s getting worse and worse and frankly I’m tiring of the show. It’s just killing galore. I don’t really need to see this much warfare and hand to hand combat. But I’m going to stick it out and see it all the way through. But it’s getting very rough to keep watching. And my children will not be watching any of this.

There’s even sexual content! So I’m not sure why they deemed this show educational at this point. Early years, yes, 10yr old Indy is adorable and lots of education in this first 5 episodes (which is actually 10, since each 1 and half hour episode is actually 2 episodes edited together.) But starting with episode 6, beware.

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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 5 review, HomeschoolRealm.com

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 5

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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 5 review, HomeschoolRealm.com

(Volume 1, episode 5 of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones)

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Setting: India and China
Topics: Discussion of major world religious beliefs, God, spirituality, Chinese culture, traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture.

Historical characters this episode:  Jiddu Krishnamurti, Annie Besant, Yen Fu

This episode was a lot deeper than any other so far. I really enjoyed the religious discussions that Indy had with Krishnamurti. Some great insights. Nothing violent or disturbing in the first half to watch out for. Just really interesting insights into the world’s religions, and I really liked the visits to the holy places. Great religious education for our children!

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Indy even tried his hand at meditating. With pretty cute results, LOL!

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Krishnamurti was incredibly insightful for a young child, messiah or not.

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In the second half of this episode, the family traveled to China. The adventure went from bad to worse when Indy became deathly ill in the middle of nowhere, just as they lost their wagon and luggage in a bad storm. Holed up in a villager’s home, it gets pretty tense as no one knows if Indy will live or die. But despite this, I don’t think there really was anything to be concerned about in this episode.

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Indy’s mom has to put her faith in the kindness of strangers and the hands of traditional Chinese medicine to save her son’s life. Of course he survives and lives to lead a game of Chinese checkers while speaking perfect Chinese. This kid picks up languages fast!

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All in all, this was a great episode for children to watch…I didn’t see anything in it to be concerned about shielding or being aware of.

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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode #4 review, HomeschoolRealm.com

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 4

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(Volume 1, episode 4 of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones)

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Setting: Russia and Greece
Topics: Russian Cossacks,  Russian writers, Ancient Greece, Aristotle, Philosophy

Historical characters this episode: Leo Tolstoy–Russian author

 

I seriously loved both parts of this episode. I think it may be my favorite so far.

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The first half we have Indy running away from home in Russia and ending up in a bickering friendship with the hilariously crabby Tolstoy. I absolutely LOVED Tolstoy! I wonder how accurate it is to the real life author’s personality? Must do some reading up on that.

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Things to watch for in the first half:

  • In the first half there is a portrayal of the devastation of a gypsy camp by Cossacks. Nothing horrifically graphic, mostly lots of screaming people and torches setting fire to everything…but sensitive kids may find it hard to watch.

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  • The drama with Indy trying to get help for the wounded Tolstoy was a bit intense too.

Overall, I don’t think this episode was too much for my kids, though…and is a good gentle (in the scheme of things…I’m sure Cossacks were far more brutal than was portrayed.) introduction to this sort of injustice.

I found the part where Tolstoy refused help from the religious men interesting and his reason made me really want to read more on his views. This could start a religious discussion, if you want it to. I really like how so much in this show makes me think!

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Next up, Indy is stuck with his dad in Greece…and since his relationship with his dad has been getting ever more volatile…cue the closeness through shared hardships and danger scenes….that was predictable. Lol! But thoroughly enjoyable!

Not only that, but *I* actually learned a fair bit about the history of philosophy in this episode!! And I actually found it interesting!! (Not a topic I generally am drawn to.)

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Things to watch for in the second half:

  • It gets a bit scary for a while there for Indy and his dad…left to dangle in the air, seemingly abandoned….no way to get back up or down…and things keep getting worse. Rest assured, everything will turn out fine (you knew that…it IS Indy’s show, after all…and we’ve all seen him as a grownup in all his movies!) but it’s pretty tense for awhile there!
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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 3 review, HomeschoolRealm.com

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 3

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(Volume 1, episode 3 of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones)

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Setting: Vienna, Austria, and Florence, Italy
Topics: love, Italian opera, Renaissance art, Galileo and Da Vinci

Historical characters this episode:

  • Giacomo Puccini– Italian opera composer
  • Sigmund Freud— Austrian neurologist, father of psychoanalysis
  • Carl Jung—Austrian psychiatrist/psychotherapist, founder of analytic psychology
  • Alfred Adler—Austrian medical doctor and psychotherapist, founder of school of individual psychology
  • Princess Sophie—daughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (recognize this man’s name? The man whose assassination is the spark that ignites WWI??)

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The first half of this episode, with Indy falling in love with a little Austrian princess is adorable. Getting advice on love from the famous Freud, Jung and Adler at dinner is too funny!

Things to watch for in the first half:

  • Some sexual references at the dinner with Freud…but it’s pretty funny, especially the ladies’ reactions.
  • That’s pretty much it…it’s a pretty tame episode adventure-wise.

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Now, the second half, I’m not sure what the writers were thinking.

Things to watch out for in the second half:

  • The entire story revolves around Indy’s mom being unfaithful while his dad is away. There isn’t any hanky panky, mind you…the worst they show is sneaking out to meet in secret and some kissing…but still, the whole thing is portrayed as being very emotional (as well it should be!) and even Indy picks up on the fact that something’s going on, and is in emotional turmoil.

I’m just not sure of the point of having infidelity in an educational family program. But the physics lesson in the Leaning Tower of Pisa makes this episode worth sticking out. Pretty cool to be able to conduct Galileo’s experiments in a historical monument! (By the way, they don’t let you climb that tower anymore, so I’m jealous!)

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