Friday, July 17, 2009

Ni Hao, Kai-lan: Kai-lan’s Great Trip to China - DVD Review and Giveaway

My preschool daughter is at the perfect age to completely appreciate and enjoy the Ni Hao, Kai-lan animated series. We've watched quite a few episodes on Nick Jr. since the show first aired last year. The series features a five-year-old Chinese-American girl named Kai-lan and introduces preschoolers to Mandarin language and Chinese culture.

Much like the Dora series, Kai-lan goes on small adventures with her animal friends, learns valuable lessons along the way and encourages viewer interaction. Kai-lan depends upon her grandfather, Yeye, for guidance and support. Kailan's animal friends include: Rintoo, the tiger; Tolee, the koala; Hoho, the monkey; and Lulu, a pink rhino. Besides the bilingual aspect, the show also teaches kindness, compassion, and how to deal with feelings and emotions. One of the standard messages is "Try it! Because you might like it!" My daughter has amazingly picked up a number of phrases including "Ni Hao," the term for hello (also the show's title) and thank you, "xie xie." Kai-lan's large eyes and catchy songs appeal to preschoolers and the background graphics are bright, colorful and slightly abstract like a fun children's video game.

A new Kai-lan DVD released on July 14th called Ni Hao Kai-Lan: Kai-Lan's Great Trip to China. The DVD runs 96 minutes and includes three separate episodes: a double-length feature episode Kai-Lan's Trip to China, and two additional episodes Rain Or Shine and The Ant Playground. We had the chance to preview the DVD before it released, much to the delight of my daughter. She has watched it a few times and really, really likes the trip to China segment. Kai-lan's aunt, Gu Nai Nai, invites Kai-lan and her friends to China to learn more about the Chinese culture. During their visit, they meet a baby panda that likes to eat watermelon. (Preschoolers love baby pandas ... at least mine does because the baby panda was a huge hit here.) In the other segments Kai-lan has fun in the rain and helps build a swing for some ants. My only complaints: I'm not sure what to make of Mr. Sun's sun fuzzies. They are just strange. The special features section only includes one feature, a music video "We're Going to China." I do wish that the DVD included a term and pronunciation guide in the special features so that it could be used more effectively as a teaching tool. Overall though, we really enjoyed the DVD.

I must say that I'm really impressed with the Nick Jr. website. It has some excellent corresponding Kai-lan activities, games and printables. Many of them are specifically related to the Great Trip to China DVD. My daughter enjoyed making her own Great Trip to China Passport. She's modeling it in the picture to the right.

Related links:

Ni Hao, Kai-Lan Nick Jr. website
Scholastic.com Ni Hao, Kai-lan! printable lessons and activities
Fun Panda Link: The San Diego Zoo's Panda Cam

Win a copy. Nickelodeon has kindly offered to giveaway a Ni Hao, Kai-lan: Kai-lan's Great Trip to China DVD to (2) Brimful Curiosities readers. 2 WINNERS!

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Thanks to Nickelodeon and Bender/Helper impact for the review opportunity.
(DVD Source: review copy provided by Bender/Helper Impact, Inc.
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80 comments:

cabadov said...

I can't enter (being from Cdn) but I just had to comment to say Great Review. I've never heard of this series but I'll have to look for it on DVD. My daughter is fascinated with China and although she's in grade school, she would probably like the rudimentary intro to the language.
Thanks

Debbie said...

I would love to enter to win this one!

I have a 4yr daughter and she loves Ni Hao kai-Lan! She love Dora too and as a parent I think these two shows are great!

thanks for the opportunity to win!

dcf_beth(at)verizon(dot)net

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I think its so important for kids to learn about the culture of China. Please enter me!

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Andrea said...

I would love for my daughter to see this!

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EllyBean said...

This is such a cute show with great characters kids can relate too!

Lindsey said...

This DVD looks like a lot of fun! What a great way to instill an interest in travel and other cultures. :-)

Thanks for the GREAT giveaway!

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dctm said...

My son watches Ni Hao kai-Lan daily and loves it. I would be so excited to win

Christie
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Anonymous said...

awesome giveaway. my daughter loves this show and actually repeats everything they tell her to say.

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Cynthea Liu said...

AGH, AGH, AGH!!! Baby Liu would kill for a copy of the new Ni Hao Kai Lan DVD. Well, she's not that ferocious, but I am. I WANNA WIN. I WANNA WIN.

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Staci said...

I'm so impressed with this show. Having a rough and tumble little boy, I never thought this would catch his attention, but it did right from the beginning. And he has learned so many new things about China and even knows quite a few words.
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Alice H said...

My brother is in China right now and I love hearing about everything he's experiencing. Thanks for the great review - I hadn't heard of this dvd before. And thanks for the chance! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

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TheAngelForever said...

As a mother and teacher I love how educational Ni-Hao Kai-Lan is for my kids. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Erica said...

my daughter loves this and it would be a great surprise for her

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MoziEsmé said...

As a worldwide traveler herself, I bet my daughter would love watching this!

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valerie2350 said...

this looks great - i like dvds that make it fun to learn about different cultures

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Lauren S. said...

My 4 year old and 1 year old both love the show and it amazes me just how much of the language they pick up on. If I say "Ni Hao" to my one year old, he'll respond by saying "hi" back!
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Anonymous said...

I have never heard of this, but I think my kids would love it.

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Amy B. said...

My son and daughter would love this!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Amy B.
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Amy B. said...

I'm a follower!
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Jayne @ Misplaced City Girl said...

Tosha loves this program. After viewing it a number of times while eating at a Chinese restaurant, she started a conversation with Ni Hao. Shocked the staff no end.

wigget said...

my younger son ha recently started to enjoy this show. he would love this dvd!

auntrene said...

My adorable 2 year old niece "The Princess" hoves Ni Hao.. she adores Diego also.. and Dora, and Max and Ruby...
Thanks for the chance to give her a great gift

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Jeanne said...

We are BIG Ni Hao fans here so my daughters would love this. I even find them speaking a few words in Chinese that they have learned from the show.

Dolphin Girl said...

MY kids enjoy watching this show and would enjoy the DVD. Thanks!

Mommy Daisy said...

My son really enjoys Ni Hao, Kai-lan. I'm sure this would be a great DVD to have in our house. Thanks.

DawnS said...

I would love to win this for my daughter. She was adopted from China at age 4.5 and is now just turned 6. She LOVES this show and asks to watch it every day. She likes learning the Chinese words because she really doesn't remember most of them. Thanks for the opportunity!

dspeese at bellsouth dot net

fun said...

Does it count that I want to learn right along with my son!! This looks so cool. fun.mom.cheratgmaildotcom

Laureen said...

My children love to watch Nihao, Kailan and are taking Mandarin in elementary school. They would love this DVD! Thanks for the chance to win!

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

makeetis said...

My son loves Kai-lan. He is a huge fan. I would be watching this all day.
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Anonymous said...

MFJ:
My daughter loves Kai-lan, she is 3. I'm always amazed when she counts along with Kai-lan.
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Nad said...

My daughter looks like Kai Lan and she loves her too!

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Jinxy and Me said...

I would love to win this. We just went to China in October and it was the most fantastic trip ever. The DVD looks so cute!

Diana D said...

My grandchildren spent some time in Japan. I think this would be an educational DVD for them. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.


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Anonymous said...

Would LOVE this for my twin girls. THey love Kai-Lan, and I love that she actually teaches them things while they are watching TV, and its not just a waste!

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Berji's domain said...

I would love to win this for my nieces. They are Dora fans and I think they would be thrilled with this too.

Annie said...

I love that I can find an asian role model for my 3 yr old on tv and that the program teaches her to express emotions and the importance of empathy. It would be great to have this dvd for her bc she likes to repeat the Chinese words and I get so excited when she does. I speak Cantonese a bit, so I also learn mandarin along with her. Having a relatively cheap Asian doll available in regular stores[just found out they're available now and more are coming out in the fall] was the highlight of my night.

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Winning Readings said...

Just a note that I've posted about this on Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/07/ni-hao-kai-lan-kai-lans-great-trip-to.html

Lisa said...

My son likes Kai Lan. Please enter me.
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Renee said...

We have never seen this show--we don't have cable! BUt, we love to watch DVDs and hope to be able to watch this one!

Anonymous said...

My daughter would so enjoy this. This is one of her favorite shows.

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Janet and Maya said...

My daughter,Maya, loves this show. I even watch myself.....not only do I like it, but I also need to know the words Maya learns. Otherwise, she'll make up words and say they're in "chinese".

thanks for a great giveaway!

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Janet and Maya said...

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A Frugal Friend said...

I really enjoy the show with my daughter - there is always some character trait that seems to be the focus of the show. I like that....along with the problem solving!

Great giveaway....I'd love to win.

A Frugal Friend said...

I just followed you and tweeted about the giveaway tonight...last night of the giveaway!

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Thanks!

tina said...

my son three and daughter two both are huge fans of the show we love watching thanks so much for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

RusticOkie said...

I just wanted to say that my dd love Kai-lan too. We watch her everyday.