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Astropuppies in Space

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Parenting (September 2009)
NASA footage is overlaid with commentary from two out-of-this
-world puppet pups.

Video Librarian (May/June 2009)
1/2 (3 1/2 out of 4 stars)
The AstroPuppies blast off on an exciting adventure to outer space in this entertaining and informative science program featuring two sock puppet puppies (a boy and a girl) who lead young viewers on a big tour of the International Space Station, the moon, the sun, and the planets of our solar system. Combining NASA live-action footage, simple animation, and clever songs to help viewers remember basic vocabulary and facts,
AstroPuppies in Space delivers much of its information through a friendly onboard computer explaining various astronomical concepts to the kid puppy puppets while also answering all of their questions. DVD extras include bonus footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Mars Rover animation, a step-by-step demonstration of how to make a sock puppy puppet, and a gallery of children's space art. Highly recommended.E. Gieschen
Audience: Preschool-Kindergarten, Elementary (grades 1-3), Public Libraries

Booklist (American Library Association, June 2009)
Fasten your seatbelts for a whimsical, fact-filled, and totally entertaining space exploration hosted by “the frisky AstroPuppy puppets.” Traveling in a cartoonlike spaceship, the two hand-puppets, voiced by youngsters, are superimposed on film clips, including scenes of a space-shuttle launch, International Space Station activities, and a space walk. Other footage and stills focus on the moon (including footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing), sun, and planets. The spaceship’s female-voiced computer narrates, answering age-appropriate questions from the pups. Many terms are defined, yet only planet names are captioned, although an option is available for closed captioning. The scientific information is solid, age appropriate, and fascinating. For example, Pluto is described as a dwarf planet and some asteroids are “as big as a mountain.” DVD extras include a NASA Mars rover animation, gallery of children’s space art, puppetmaking short, and more. See also the AstroPuppies Web site for additional information, including “cool space activities.” —
Eloise Kinney

School Library Journal (June 2009)
The images of two dog puppets are cleverly superimposed on NASA footage as they blast off into space to explore our universe. The AstroPuppies wonder what they will encounter on their voyage, and an adult narrator answers their questions and describes what they are seeing. Interspersed in the lively narration are several catchy songs. At the International Space Station, the puppies accompany the astronauts on a space walk, making repairs, eating a no-gravity lunch, and more. Next they learn about the planets and the sun, and discover fascinating facts about astronomy and space. The questions asked and the comments made by the AstroPuppies are humorous and childlike. The production quality is excellent, the transitions between segments are seamless, and the pacing is perfect for young viewers. Among the 50 minutes of bonus features are an original NASA newsreel of the Apollo 11 moon landing and a Mars Rover landing animation – both best suited for a much older audience – as well as a segment from
Activity TV on how to make sock puppy puppets, and selections of children’s drawings about space. This entertaining and educational program teaches basic concepts of astronomy and space exploration to young children. — Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN 
Preschool – Grade 3


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