By Discovery

Reviewed for Preschool, 2007

This newly hatched chicken and his best friends, a robin and a duck, are pure preschool magic. For young children, science is all about hands-on exploration, and this series plays to the innate wonder of everyday objects and events. Each half-hour episode contains two animated stories which highlight specific science concepts, like density or reflection, then two live-action shorts with real kids playing and experimenting. Narrated by Joan Cusack, with quirky music by Taj Mahal, this is a wonderful way to introduce scientific principles like flotation or migration, and show the hidden thrills of everyday things like shadows and mud. Then turn off the DVD, head outside, and help your child investigate his own big wide world. (Discovery Store, $29.95)