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Arthurs Birthday and 19 Other Stories was a present for our grandson, but if you want to buy a copy it's priced at £5.99 from Amazon which I think is very reasonable. The DVD has a run time of 246 minutes, so there's plenty of entertainment to be had from this single disc edition.
Arthur is a cartoon series, for those who've never seen it, and I think it's got quite a broad appeal for children as young as two or three years old, right up to those who are eight, nine or even ten years old. Arthur himself is probably about eight (at a guess!) and he has a little three year old sister called D.W. who follows him around and makes a general nuisance of herself (as 3yr old sister's do).
He's in school with his friends Buster Bunny and Muffy the rich girl amongst other people, and you'll find all the usual school playground stereotypes have been included in one animal or another. It's a nice little educational tool really in showing children a variety of social dilemmas that most school children will face, from bullying to waiting for a new book or video game to be released to cheating on a test. Arthur is a bright lad (well, I think he's an aardvark actually) and he usually makes the right decision in the end.
This DVD includes 20 episodes from the TV series which don't seem to follow any particular theme. I think they chose 20 episodes which they thought would make for an appealing compilation in all honesty. The grandson doesn't have any particular favourites on here, and I would guess that's because the episodes all have such a similar format. We flit between Arthur being at home, and at school, and then usually just one or two other places per episode (eg a friend's house, or the library, or the ice cream parlour). He finds himself presented with a social or moral dilemma, then with the assistance of his friends, he sets about solving said dilemma. Along the way he gets harrassed by DW, let down by his friends at times, and learns how to be a better person (aardvark).
This DVD has been watched a couple of times now, though it's not going to make top of the list in a hurry I don't think. From a parental point of view, this is an educational program (unlike Horrid Henry!) which children will benefit socially, emotionally and morally from watching. It is an American show, so the vocabularly and situations will be slightly out of touch, but not by a lot. I think for the actual kids this does miss a bit of sparkle and action at times, but then there are plenty of other shows which have that covered already. And at least they'll always be able to follow Arthur's storylines unlike some of the more action-packed programs on TV these days.