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The Big Christmas Tree
The Big Christmas Tree
by Little Mammoth Media

Watch as the perfect Christmas tree is found by helicopter for the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. You'll see how the giant tree is transported to New York City and decorated with over 26,000 lights. Enjoy learning the story of the Christmas Tree and how it came to be a holiday tradition. And you'll meet a man with 14 Christmas Trees and over 20,000 ornaments. Discover the magic and lights of the holidays with a visit to a Christmas tree farm.

Age: 5 Year-olds | Title: The Big Christmas Tree  |  Company: Little Mammoth Media

Watch as the perfect Christmas tree is found by helicopter for the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. You'll see how the giant tree is transported to New York City and decorated with over 26,000 lights. Enjoy learning the story of the Christmas Tree and how it came to be a holiday tradition. And you'll meet a man with 14 Christmas Trees and over 20,000 ornaments. Discover the magic and lights of the holidays with a visit to a Christmas tree farm.

This video is all about the great big Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City.  It is a fun and festive holiday movie that explains the whole process of selecting the big tree and getting it to Manhattan.  The tree comes from the front yard of a couple in Cleveland, Ohio.  It is over 73 feet tall and needs to be taken down very carefully.  In addition to learning about the cutting and transporting of the large tree, your child will learn the facts about the Christmas holiday, as well as some information about New York City. In the video, there are hundreds of Santa Clauses and thousands of holiday ornaments that your child will find fascinating.  He or she will also learn about the history of decorated trees.  Some historians believe that the first tree covered in lights dates all the way back to the 1600's.  As each of these new ideas is introduced, words colorfully flash on the screen that is associated with the ideas, activities, or objects being discussed.

 

As your child watches this video they will have questions about what different words mean and where different places are located.  You may find that your child becomes especially excited about the holidays and will want to participate in selecting your family Christmas tree.  If your family does not celebrate Christmas, this might be a great video to introduce your child to how some families celebrate the holiday season.

 

When I watched this video with my friend's daughter Layla, I found that she became extra excited for Christmas and had many questions about all the new places she was seeing.  I was able to answer most of her questions, and we ended up going outside and looking at the trees in her yard to see if any of them would make a good Christmas tree.  Her mom didn't look too pleased when she came inside and announced that she found the "perfect Christmas tree to cut down right in her own yard."

 

--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.

In a nutshell, the premise wraps around the ginormous tree that Rockefeller Center puts up every year. From that topic they cover New York geography, landscape, landmarks, etc. They talk in a fun way about how the tree is selected and the process of getting it back to New York. They profile a New Yorker who has a seriously large collection of Christmas items and get his thoughts on why that's important to him. Information on how Christmas tree farms operate is given as well as the history of why people started decorating Christmas trees. I could go on and on and on. What I thought was going to be a cute, mindless, harmless little video about Christmas trees turned into a very educational half hour.

I highly recommend it. I would love to get my hands on a complete set of the Little Mammoth Media line!

Megan Dunham, Half Pint House

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