It's Chinese New Year, which means a big feast, red envelopes, and friends and family all together! Kai-lan and her friends are thrilled because this year, they are old enough to carry the huge dragon costume. It's going to take a whole team of friends to carry it for the celebration, and Rintoo is assigned to march in the middle of the dragon. But Rintoo doesn't think the middle is important, and walks away. Can you help Kai Lan show Rintoo his actions are affecting his friends?
DVD includes four episodes for a total approximate runtime of 100 minutes.
A sort of Dora the Explorer that features Mandarin Chinese instead of Spanish, Ni hao, Kai-lan is an entertaining Nick Jr. animated program for preschoolers that positively portrays biculturalism, helps build problem solving skills, and introduces basic Chinese words. Kai-lan is a creative, compassionate young girl who has a very close relationship with her Grandfather (YeYe) and loves to play and try new things with her many animal friends including Tolee the koala, Rintoo the tiger, and Hoho the monkey.
Like all young children, Kai-lan and her friends play and explore and minor conflicts and emotional outbursts inevitably arise. Kai-lan has a way of stepping back and reviewing the situation to reveal the underlying problem, whether it's hurt feelings, frustration, or downright anger. With a little help from her grandfather and his calming techniques, she always finds a way to support her friends and make everyone feel better. Along the way, viewers learn some basic Chinese words and get a sense of the importance Chinese culture places on things like intergenerational families, calmness, and looking at things from another's perspective. -- Tami Horiuchi
|3 - 7
|Clem Cheung, Khamani Griffin, Angie Wu, Jack Samson, Jade-Lianna Peters
|Jan 6, 2009