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(2004), NR [G*] (32.4min)
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Production (US): The Baby Miracle Learning Company
Distribution (US): Hart Sharp Video
Producer(s): A. P. Carson
Puppet Design and Creation: Patti Broussard, Art in the Dark Puppet Factory
Camera: Sadie Sheppard
Narration: Julienne Lewis
Music: Pastor Burns Standfield, Sonya Kim, Nick Greer, Classiclips, The Fourth
Presbyterian Church of South Boston
Viewed on: Hart Sharp Video
Baby Miracle Volume 3: Jonah and the Whale adapts the story of disobedient Jonah being swallowed by a whale [Jonah 1:1 - 2:10] into a bright and colorful format just for toddlers.
The video tells us that Jonah was told by God to go to Nineveh to spread God's Word there because "people were acting badly": that Jonah was afraid to do so and decided to hide on a boat; that God sent a great storm which rocked the boat and Jonah fell into the sea and was eventually swallowed by a whale.
This video is an adaptation. Age-appropriate liberty is taken with some of the facts in the tale of Jonah. You and I know the complete story that Jonah, through fear, tried to run from God by going by boat to Joppa through Tarshish instead of going to Nineveh. We know that By Jonah's disobedience, God sent a great storm while Jonah was in the boat, that the great storm threatened the entire crew and that Jonah was thrown into the sea at his own request in order to calm the sea so the sailors would not be drowned. We know that God indeed did calm the sea when Jonah was thrown overboard then the sailors submitted to God. We also know in the full story that after being swallowed by a great fish, Jonah spent three days and nights in the belly of that great fish to be vomited out after much prayer by Jonah. The video appropriately does not address these harsh matters but adapts the accounting, ostensibly to focus attention on 1) that it is best to listen to God [Luke 11:28] and 2) that God is forgiving [Dan. 9:9].
This video makes the adaptation of the tale of Jonah an educational work of art. The video leads the viewer into imagining what Jonah might have seen as he floundered in the great waters of the sea. Clips of many bright and fascinating sea creatures are provided in an instructional format. Baby Miracle Volume 1, The Story of Creation displays selected elements of the world which God created with a few fish included. Baby Miracle Volume 2, Noah's Ark parades a great number of land and air creatures. Baby Miracle Volume 3: Jonah and the Whale provides a great opportunity for your toddler to learn of the creatures of the ocean.
I suspect the only matters of concern parents might have with this video are 1) that Jonah was, at first, cowardly [Rev. 21:8] and disobedient in performance of God's Work and 2) the story it tells of a man being consumed by a whale. A l-o-t of questions should be expected.
Bonus features include video flashcards of the sea creatures in the video with delayed captioned names, a Joy-Joy sing along and a counting exercise.
By the way, "Nemo" the clownfish is seen swirling in an anemone, just like in Finding Nemo but real in this case.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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