Little Charley Bear is pretending to be different wild animals but he has no idea what noises they make. To find out, he heads off on an exciting jungle safari with his friends Midge and Nibblit to track down the animals and hear their sounds. Behaving like a crazy monkey, Charley gets chased by a snappy shark, tries not to wake a very grumpy tiger and explores the jungle for Dinosaurs, discovering a Charleysaurus!
We only discovered Little Charley Bear yesterday when my husband picked up the DVD from the library. It has apparently been on Kidzone24 but since we don't have SkyTV we were unaware of this charming programme. My girls (4.5 and 3) are addicted to it. They can sing the theme song and call out the catch cries. They have watched the whole DVD a few times in the last 24 hours.
Charley doesn't speak at all. The story is told by a narrator and sound affects. There is also a lot of body language which the viewer needs to interpret. My girls can really relate to Charley who can take a simple toy and create a big adventure. Charley is a very cute teddy bear and any child that loves soft toys will find him adorable.
I like how there are educational features too. For example Charley finds a bird's nest on the ground and the narrator tells him that the nest is empty because all the eggs have hatched. As Charley makes himself into a mother bird the narrator talks to him about what he would feed his baby bird.
The only thing I don't like about this DVD is that the bonus episode (Raa Raa the noisy lion) is on at the start of the DVD so you either sit through that, which my kids didn't mind, before you can get to the main menu or you skip Raa Raa altogether. This means that you can't just pop the DVD on to occupy the kids while you get chores done.
Since my girls love it so much I am considering buying it and the other Little Charley Bear DVDs.
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