This series features seven-year old Daniel Cook. Well-mannered, inquisitive and intelligent Daniel explores the world around him through his own candid questions. Simple, pure, and honest, this is a series that allows children to view everything from Daniel's perspective, seeing what he sees and learning what he learns.
Each segment is six minutes long and they have been aggregated thematically into 13 half-hour episodes, each with 5 separate segments.
There is a companion interactive website to enhance and further the Daniel Cook experience.
The five 6 minute segments in Water and Animals are:
1) THIS IS DANIEL COOK SETTING UP AN AQUARIUM - Daniel sits down with a fish expert and learns how the different parts of a fish tank work. After setting up his aquarium, Daniel chooses a few fish to go inside.
2) THIS IS DANIEL COOK LEARNING ABOUT WHALES - Daniel has been invited to learn about whales up-close. Daniel brings food for both the beluga and killer whales and learns how the two species are different and how they communicate under water.
3) THIS IS DANIEL COOK FISHING - Daniel gets to do one of his favorite things when he joins a local fisherman to go fly fishing. Daniel learns how to make a lure, throw a line and the importance of the "catch and release" philosophy.
4) THIS IS DANIEL COOK WHALE WATCHING - Daniel learns about the different animals that live in the ocean when he goes whale watching in a small coastal fishing village.
5) THIS IS DANIEL COOK LEARNING ABOUT FISH - Daniel visits an aquarium to see different kinds of fish. Daniel learns about the difference between salt and fresh water fish and even gets to help feed a shark!
The other episodes are:
14. Winter Fun - Daniel visits a winter festival, learns the sport of curling, goes downhill skiing and tobogganing, and learns how to care for and control sled dogs.
15. Celebrations Daniel carves a pumpkin, goes trick-or-treating, makes a valentine and an ornament, and decorates Easter eggs.
16. Special Things To Eat - Daniel tries new vegetables and makes maple syrup, a birthday cake, candy canes, and a yule log.
17. Special Things To Make - Daniel builds his own robot and makes a birdhouse, an animal totem, a puppet, and soap.
18. Interesting People, Interesting Jobs - Daniel gets an eye exam, learns about dog guides and yoga, visits a veterinarian, and helps a zookeeper.
19. Amazing Art - Daniel makes felt art, paints with watercolors, makes a self-portrait, draws a turtle, and makes a paper mache monster.
21. Exploring and Discovering - Daniel learns about the desert, meets an elephant, goes on safari, and explores a cave and a beach.
22. Thrills and Chills Pt. 1 - Daniel goes go-carting, rides a rollercoaster, and visits a theme park, a water park, and a stunt show.
23. Thrills and Chills Pt. 2 - Daniel plays baseball, rides in a helicopter and a hot air balloon, digs for dinosaur bones, and goes on a camping trip.
24. Music - Daniel learns to conduct an orchestra, writes a song, sings jazz, visits a marching band, and learns to disco dance.
25. Nature, Science, and the Environment - Daniel visits a recycling plant, learns about butterflies, visits a waterfall, goes on an eco-adventure and studies rocks.
26. How Do They Do That? - Daniel goes on a tall ship, tastes new fruits, visits Medieval Times, learns about Egypt, and makes a gingerbread house.
Grade Level: Pre-K - Grade 2
US Release Date: 2006
Copyright Date: 2005
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-561-X
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-560-1
"What a delightful collection! It is a terrific variety of appropriate topics nicely grouped and with distinct parallels to the primary curriculum. Besides the value for children, I think the positive modeling of channeling the energy, focusing the interest and taking advantage of the curiosity is terrific! There is a lot for parents, caregivers, and teachers to learn from this series."
Sandi Zwaan, Educational Consultant