By BBC

Reviewed for Fourth Grade, 2007

This blockbuster series, narrated by the wise and witty Sir David Attenborough, gives viewers a closer and clearer look at the stunning beauty of our planet than ever before. Filmed in over 60 countries over a five year period, Planet Earth spends each episode covering a specific feature of our planet. Deserts, forests, jungles, mountains, and caves all reveal scenes of awe-inspiring natural beauty, from rare glimpses of the near-extinct snow leopard to an insect's-eye view of the "stomach" of a carnivorous pitcher plant. This nature series goes far beyond education and entertainment: it will knock the socks off of everyone in the family, and give kids and parents alike a new respect and appreciation for the planet we call Earth. (BBC Video, $67.98)