This series features six-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 Language Arts are:
1) THIS IS DANIEL COOK CREATING STORIES - Daniel joins children's writer Robert Munsch and learns how to create a story. Together, Robert and Daniel create an exciting dragon story.
2) THIS IS DANIEL COOK AT THE LIBRARY - Daniel tours a local library and learns how to find the perfect book for bedtime. Daniel gets his very own library card and learns the different services libraries offer the community.
3) THIS IS DANIEL COOK CREATING POETRY - Daniel joins poet Loris Lesynski and learns how to write poetry. Daniel listens to some of Loris's work before creating his own snake poem.
4) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING A BOOK - Daniel learns how books are made while watching as his own "This is Daniel Cook" book is put together at a local printer.
5) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING THIS IS DANIEL COOK - Daniel learns how his television show is made by following the production process from start to finish.
The other 12 episodes are:
1. My Community - Part 1 - Daniel at the police station, at the fire station, at the market, building a sidewalk, and on a train.
2. My Community - Part 2 - Daniel at a street festival, at the doctor, at the dentist, at the zoo, and with the Earth Rangers.
3. Creating Food - Daniel makes chocolate, ice cream, a pie, cookies, and pizza.
4. Creating Art - Daniel at an art gallery, making plasticine art, painting giraffes, drawing dragons, and making a clay dragon.
5. Performing - Daniel learns about busking, clowning, doing magic, learning yo-yo tricks, and visits the Famous People Players.
6. Animals - Daniel milks a cow, learns about raptors, feeds giraffes, trains puppies, and visits a farm.
7. Science - Daniel makes paper, learns about electricity, visits a science center, learns about dinosaurs, and taking pictures.
8. Environment - Daniel Cook learns about composting, visits a rainforest, learns about ponds, bee keeping, and hiking.
10. Sports - Daniel at a pool, rock climbing, learning Tae Kwon Do, lawn bowling, and skating.
11. Fitness/Movement - Daniel learns gymnastics, does ballet, learns to break dance, tap dance, and exercise.
12. Connecting with Our World - Part I - Daniel learns to bowl, plays the drums, goes horseback riding, canoeing, and flies a plane.
13. Connecting with Our World - Part 2 - 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: 2005
Copyright Date: 2004
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-312-9
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-311-0
"As enjoyable as it is educational, This is Daniel Cook: Creating--Food is an excellent addition to public library children's DVD collections, whether by itself or along with the rest of the captivating This is Daniel Cook series...Also highly recommended is the equally educational thirteen-part documentary series This is Emily Yeung."
The Midwest Book Review
"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
"[This is Daniel Cook] is a fun, entertaining, and quite interesting set of adventures... These videos are great for pre-K levels. Additionally, kids from fourth grade and under might find them somewhat intriguing. The ideal library niche for this set is a public library or early childhood learning center that might use them for both entertainment and inspiration."
Educational Media Reviews Online
"Resource meets CLRN Review Criteria."
California Learning Resource Network