Julie Andrews has a new series for kid about the performing arts! I love that idea. STEM is important, of course, but the arts are what fuel the imagination and provide the satisfaction of creative expression. They also promote empathy and cooperation. Can’t wait for this!
New on PBS: Mack and Moxy Teach Kids About Compassion, Learning, and Helping Others
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These days even adults can feel frustrated at the prospect of trying to find a good way to help others. So it is especially welcome that a new television series for kids has some gentle lessons about making a difference to spread kindness and generosity. Mack and Moxy is a great new PBS show for kids about compassion, empathy, heroes, and helping others.
From VeggieTales® and What’s in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer, Galaxy Buck – Mission to Sector 9 is a wild, galactic adventure that teaches kids a powerful lesson about trusting God.
“‘Galaxy Buck’ is a new take on a classic space adventure where we send intrepid explorers to boldly go where no man has gone before but they are adventures about faith,” said Vischer. “The purpose of ‘Galaxy Buck’ is really to teach kids what walking with Jesus looks like. We deal with themes like ‘I want to do something big for God’ and ‘I want to change the world for God.’ We’re trying to teach kids that while God will ask us to do things for Him – some of them big – even more important than that is just walking with Him. This is where the fruit of the Spirit comes from. It doesn’t come from working for God but walking with God.”
“Galaxy Buck” follows the journey of Buck Denver, an employee of The Galactic Mission Board, which exists to send explorers to carry the love of God to every corner of the galaxy. When Buck and his friends find themselves in the midst of an unexpected and important mission, they learn valuable lessons about their purpose in God’s big plan.
The series will feature new and innovative filmmaking techniques from Vischer, whose “VeggieTales®”sold more than 50 million videos, and the team at Jellyfish Labs. With miniature sets hand-carved primarily by Vischer, “Galaxy Buck” will combine CGI animation, miniature sets and live-action for a visually rich experience for viewers. As with the entire “What’s in the Bible?” cast, Vischer will continue to write and voice each character in the series.
The “Galaxy Buck” series is produced by Vischer’s studio Jellyfish Labs in partnership with Creative Trust, which previously collaborated on the successful “What’s in the Bible?” series. The first “Galaxy Buck” film will debut via digital format on JellyTelly.com in October and be available on DVD through retail stores the same month in partnership with Capitol Christian Distribution.
New on DVD: The Beginners Bible — Jesus and His Miracles, The Good Samaritan, The Prodigal Son
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New from The Beginners Bible — Three New Testament stories: Jesus and His Miracles, The Good Samaritan, and The Prodigal Son, featuring an original theme song from Kathie Lee Gifford. This is a simple, accessible introduction to these timeless stories for children, with important lessons about kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. I have a copy to give away! To enter, send me an email at email@example.com with Beginners in the subject line and tell me your favorite summer dessert. Don’t forget your address! (US addresses only). I’ll pick a winner at random on August 15, 2015. Good luck!