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Based on Books by Lara Jones, Poppy Cat Gets It Right for Preschoolers

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Looking for something special for your preschooler younger brother or sister? Check out Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures based on the British author Lara Kate Jones and airing on Sprout. The series is seen through the eyes of Poppy's imaginative young owner, a little girl named Lara. Each episode tells the tale of a very special cat and her colorful band of friends as they embark on extraordinary adventures through fantastical lands. "A great thing about this DVD is that it makes my imagination fly. I immediately wanted to create boots that had magnets in them so that I could walk on walls, just like Rocket Cat," comments KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jeremy B., age 7. Morgan B. (age 9) adds, "My favorite character is Alma because she is an adorable white bunny with a cute Southern accent."

Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures
Reviewed by Jeremy B., age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures is an exciting, funny and adventurous series of animated films for preschoolers. There are lots of bright colors and friendly characters throughout the film which will keep kids entertained for a long time.

This DVD is a collection of seven animated films. In the main episode, Poppy Cat celebrates her birthday. She receives a lot of presents from her friends including a treasure map. Poppy and her friends journey to the Mystery Jungle to find the treasure.

Each episode on this DVD takes you on a different adventure and they all are really cute. The characters are friendly and treat each other nicely, which is good for preschoolers to see. Each episode only lasts for eleven minutes so it is a good length for young children whose attention span is pretty short. The episodes are full of bright colors that are very appealing and I think young children will really like. The music is very pleasant too.

My favorite episode is "Marshmallow Mines" because one of my favorite characters, Rocket Cat, is in it. Rocket Cat is brave and thankful throughout the episode, which I really appreciate and I know parents will too. Another great thing about this DVD is that it made my imagination fly. I immediately wanted to create boots that had magnets in them so that I could walk on walls, just like Rocket Cat.

What I like best about this DVD is that each episode teaches an important lesson about friendship and teamwork. At the end of each segment, Poppy Cat's owner explains the message and gives examples.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars because it is educational, adventurous and funny. I recommend it for kids ages 2 to5, especially for kids who like animals, music and bright colors. I think young kids will really enjoy the friendly and silly characters.

Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasures and Other Adventures
By Morgan B., age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Are you ready for fun and adventure?

Our stories begin with Poppy's owner, Lara, telling her cat a story. In Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasures and other Adventures we see seven episodes with Poppy's friends -- Owl, Zuzu, Mo, Egbert and Alma. My favorite character is Alma because she is an adorable white bunny with a cute Southern accent.

I loved "The Birthday Treasure" because it has lots of adventures. This episode is about Poppy receiving a treasure map for her birthday and following the treasure map as it leads them to a mysterious jungle. When a Bad Robot attacks Poppy and Rocket Cat, they take a spaceship to see if they can help him. When Owl performs his magic show, Owl makes Zuzu's skateboard accidentally disappear. Then, Owl's magic wand breaks and the gang must find a way to fix it or lose the skateboard forever.

All the episodes feature Egbert the Badger causing some sort of trouble. Plus, there are all kinds of ways that they travel -- an airplane, rocket ship, car, submarine and a hot air balloon. My favorite was the rocket ship. I like the animation of the ship traveling in space.

I really enjoyed the DVD because it took back to my youth when I used to love watching Poppy Cat on Sprout. I recommend this for ages 2 to 9. I loved this DVD because it is fun and full of adventure.

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Morgan B.

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Jeremy B.