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"We're on a mission to save the day / Here we come, we're on our way!"
Team Umizoomi are back with four more episodes in the themed collection Animal Heroes. The Nick Jr. series takes aim at Leapfrog's animated schoolhouse empire with candy-colored adventures in math. Each episode focuses on counting, colors, measurement, patterns, and problem solving.
I reviewed my first Umizoomi set before my daughter was old enough to watch it. In the year or so since, she has grown into quite the TV fan. While this series might not be her favorite—a moving target—the Umis are definitely in the rotation. My daughter loves numbers, and being a smarty pants, so I asked her to watch with me while I reviewed these episodes:
• "Purple Monkey Mission"
• "Buster the Lost Dog"
• "Cuckoo Bears"
• "Animal School House!"
Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes is presented in full screen format with a 2.0 stereo soundtrack. Limited, perhaps, compared to other kids' DVDs, but it's plenty bright and loud enough to engage the little ones. There are no bonus features.
I'm glad shows like Team Umizoomi exist. If my daughter is going to watch TV—and, let's face it, of course she is—I'd rather she yell out the answers to math and pattern problems than stare blankly at some inane mascot. Her smarts will soon outstrip the simple lessons in this series, but I'm sure she'll want to keep watching. You can count on it.
"Good." Translation: Not guilty!
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