- The Washington Times - Friday, February 2, 2007

By Mandy Toner, age 9

Cedar Grove Elementary School, Germantown

The DVD “Travel With Kids — Hawaii: The Big Island” is about members of the Roberts family, who go on vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii.

“Travel With Kids” shows landmarks, places to visit and things to do while you are on the Big Island of Hawaii. This movie is useful because you can find out ahead of time what things you really want to plan so you can make sure you have enough time to do all of your favorites.

I think some of my favorite things to do would be snorkeling with turtles, exploring lava tunnels, swimming with dolphins and surfing. This movie shows the family members experiencing all of these adventures and more while on their trip. This DVD also might be good to watch if you are trying to talk your parents into taking you to Hawaii.

I think this movie would be excellent for children to watch if they are going to Hawaii or studying Hawaii in school because it shows many things that families can do on a vacation. Also, you learn some interesting facts and a bit of the history of Hawaii during the movie.

Little facts pop up on the screen to help guide you. For instance, you can read about mythology and some interesting information about volcanoes, and parents can get useful tips, such as remembering to pack a flashlight for exploring the lava caves.

You might not have known about some Hawaiian activities shown in the movie, such as visiting a coffee-bean plantation, or you might not have been interested in them until the movie showed you how much fun they can be.

There also are good tips for parents on keeping children safe and entertained. The DVD shows some beautiful hotels that would be lots of fun for children and adults, with great things to do at the hotel as well as sites and places to visit nearby. I think this would be helpful for parents with children of all ages.

The “Travel With Kids” series includes DVDs about other locations, including “Hawaii: The Island of Kauai,” “Hawaii: The Islands of Maui & Molokai,” “Hawaii: The Island of Oahu,” “Caribbean: Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands,” and “Mexico: The Yucatan.”

I give “Travel With Kids — Hawaii: The Big Island” three stars because even though it is interesting, it is not the sort of thing I would choose to watch on a regular basis.

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