By Animal Planet

Reviewed for Second Grade, 2008

Meerkat Manor

For three seasons, television audiences have been on the edge of their seats as they follow the ups and downs of the squabbling, bickering, yet loyal family called the Whisker's. It may sound like just another family drama, but this series is anything but normal. It's based on a real clan of meerkats who live deep in Africa's Kalahari Desert. Meerkats have one of the most cooperative and tightly-knit societies in the animal kingdom, and, with Animal Planet's documentary camera work, expert narration, and a few fun names to keep them all straight, it makes for terrific drama! In addition to providing entertainment, the show will give your child a glimpse into the animal world: Why is this family so generous to each other? How can they eat scorpions without being poisoned? Your child will have these questions answered, and more, teaching her a thing or two about important biology concepts, such as evolution, reproduction and survival in the wild. The best part? Buying the DVD collection of the series means your family can watch it at your own convenience without being bombarded with commercials. This is must-see TV you can feel good about! (Animal Planet, $29.95)