Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Adventures in Boogabooga Land DVD

Recommendation: Not Recommended

This DVD takes you to an imaginary island where Marty (the monkey) and Gerard (the giraffe) are best friends. In three short stories they portray stories from some of Jesus' well known parables - The Workers in the Vineyard, The Wise and Foolish Builders and The Lamp under the Bowl.

Positives:

Negatives: My unfavorable recommendation is not based on bad content, but rather lack of content. I watched this DVD with my 5 year old daughter and 10 year old son. My daughter laughed at one or two things, however when I asked her if she wanted to watch it again she said "no thanks". My son watched it for awhile then asked if he could go read a book. The 2-dimensional drawings were ineffective. The humor that was portrayed fell short and the Bible content was very questionable. My kids could tell that the stories came from the Bible, but as my son pointed out, they didn't accurately tell you the meaning of the parable. There was no mention of anything spiritual, no connection was made for the children that this was a Biblical story and should impact their everyday life. No Biblical principles were mentioned. Overall, it was very confusing and I wasn't sure what the purpose of these stories and characters were.

Talking Points: Open your Bible and take your child to the three passage that these parables are taken from. Read and discuss the meaning of the stories. Matt. 20:1-16 tells the story of the workers in the vineyard - talk with your child about Jesus' generosity in allowing us to be a part of His Kingdom. Talk about fairness and how God is perfectly just and fair in all He does.  Matt. 7:24-27 is the story of the wise and foolish builders - talk to your child about listening. As you look at the bible story note that there was only one difference between the two builders- one who listened and obeyed. Matt. 5:14-16 is the parable of the lamp under the bowl. Talk with your child about what it means to "let our light shine before men", and the purpose of glorifying our Father.

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