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The Big Aircraft Carrier
The Big Aircraft Carrier
by Little Mammoth Media

Watch supersonic fighter jets take off and land. Follow Navy pilots on a mission, and discover how a carrier works. Visit the control tower, bridge, kitchens, hangar deck and more. You'll experience what it's like to live on board a floating city of almost 6,000 people.

Age: 5 Year-olds | Title: The Big Aircraft Carrier  |  Company: Little Mammoth Media

Watch supersonic fighter jets take off and land. Follow Navy pilots on a mission, and discover how a carrier works. Visit the control tower, bridge, kitchens, hangar deck and more. You'll experience what it's like to live on board a floating city of almost 6,000 people.

This video will expose your child to life aboard an aircraft carrier and the jobs required to make it run smoothly.  They will learn facts about the size, weight, and load capacity of the carrier and the aircrafts that use it for a runway.  Watching the aircraft take off and land will engage your child's imagination.  New concepts are introduced by colorful words that flash on the screen to help associate the appropriate title with each activity, object, or person.  This will help your child improve their vocabulary as well as understand each segment with greater clarity.  This video also explores navy life so that your child can develop a better understanding of what it is like to be a part of the United States Navy.

 

As your child watches this video they will be captivated by the many machines used on an aircraft carrier. They will have lots of questions about the different planes and will want to know what some of the words mean.  You can indulge your child's curiosity by answering each question as it comes along. This video will spark an interest and curiosity about planes and boats, and all the jobs necessary to keep an aircraft carrier running smoothly.

 

When I watched this with Lucca, the five year-old I babysit, he was mesmerized by all the planes and equipment used on an aircraft carrier.  He wanted to know what everything was, if I had ever seen one, or if I knew anyone in the Navy.  I had a lot of fun answering the questions that I could and we researched all the things we didn't know during our next visit to the library. 

 

--Kendall

Filmmaker William VanDerKloot was watching kids' videos with his children. He was disappointed with what he saw... and what he didn't. With a few notable exceptions, most children's videos were poorly done and overly simplistic. "It seemed as if very little effort was put into the research or production of those products," said VanDerKloot. "Many looked like amateur home videos."

Then he got an idea.... A Peabody award-winning director/producer, VanDerKloot decided to produce one himself. The first subject came to him while driving past the Atlanta airport in a car full of children. As they drove down I-75, a giant plane took off overhead. Immediately VanDerKloot was bombarded with questions from the kids, "What kind of plane is that?" How fast is it going?" "How many passengers are in it?" The Big Plane Trip, the first video in The Big Adventure Series®, was born.

But VanDerKloot did not want to make a simplistic video "just for kids." Each subsequent video in the series, is constructed with various levels of information so that an entire family, from the youngest to the oldest, can enjoy and learn something new with every viewing. "There is something that happens when you become a parent," says VanDerKloot. "You begin to look at the world through the eyes of a child. Suddenly the normal becomes the extraordinary and you see things in a whole new way."

The Big Adventure Series® shows how things work with a child's sense of wonder. And who better to critique an adventure-in-progress than kids themselves. The team at Little Mammoth holds a number of screenings for children's groups while videos are in their rough edit stage. Utilizing the input, the videos are modified. The results are productions that have received national acclaim from the critics, and most importantly, from families and children.

This hard work has paid off. The BIG Adventure Series®, which is now sixteen titles strong, has received dozens of awards and citations from such organizations as Parent's Choice, Kids First!, Video Librarian, CINE, and International Monitor Awards.

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