Monday, October 31, 2011

Marshall Publishing - a Review

October is Fire Safety/Fire Prevention Month.  So, there could not have been a better time to be given the opportunity to review "Lots & Lots of Firetrucks" DVD and Book.  This book is published by Marshall Publishing.  Marshall Publishing is dedicated to producing educational material for the whole family to enjoy.

The "Lots & Lots of Fire Trucks" book is 124 pages of beautiful full-color pictures and interesting facts about fire trucks, fire fighters, and their equipment.  Zachary, being a 6 year old boy, loves anything to do with firetrucks and firefighters so this book was perfect for him.  We read it through together one chapter at a time and now he takes it and loves to look at all the pictures, read the information and ask all kinds of questions about firefighting.  The information isn't just the normal "fluff" you get in small books about firetrucks, it has interesting information that even I, as an adult, found interesting and informational.  Paul, at 10, still loves firetrucks and loved to listen to me read the book as well.  Marshall Publishing did a fabulous job of making this book appropriate for the entire family!  The kids not only learned about fire fighters but they also learned about history.  Paul especially enjoyed the chapter on the "History of Fire Trucks and Fire Fighting" and the "Greatest Fires in History" was his absolute favorite!   There is also a wonderful timeline of "fire-related" events. As well as some amazing websites you can go to to learn even more about firefighting.

The "Lots & Lots of Fire Songs and Safety Tips" DVD is just as well done as the book.  It can be watched as an entire 30 minute show with great songs reminding us all about Fire Safety tips.  Or, each song can be presented separately to go along with a unit study on Fire Safety.  We enjoyed watching the entire DVD at once (actually the kids have watched it many times).  The kids all enjoyed the songs, though Paul did think they were a little "young" for him, and I would agree with that.  Zach and Molly love the DVD.  It is definitely geared toward the younger (preschool/kindergarten) audience, though older kids can learn from it.  Take a look at this YouTube video to see a sample of the songs on the DVD

The combo pack, including the book and DVD, is available for $29.95 on their website.  This would make a wonderful gift for a young firefighter for Christmas or an upcoming birthday.  It also makes for a very informative, and interesting, unit study on FireFighting and Fire Safety.  You can even add in a trip to the local Fire Station!

We also received Marshall Publishing's DVD on George Washington Carver.  We are not yet to this portion of American History so the kids have not seen the DVD yet, but I have watched it and found it very well done and informative.  It is a inspirational story all about Carver's life.  The photography as well as the musical accompaniment is stunning.  The DVD can be purchased here for $19.95.  I can't wait until we start studying his life in American History I think this video will be a great way to really understand Carver's life.

Marshall Publishing offers so many educational books and DVD's and they are so well done.  Go check out all their products from fun DVD's on Monster trucks to Educational History DVD's and everything in between. The best part is their products are designed for the whole family!

Don't forget to take a look at what other TOS Crew Members had to say here

Disclosure-These products were given to me for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion. No other compensation was given for this review.

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