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When Dinosaurs Seem Real

Date: 1997
Format: VHS
Company/Organization: Family Communications, Inc.
Series: Child Care Video Library



This 30-minute videotape is from the week about dinosarus and monsters on the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood series on PBS. It's full of "powerful" things that are fascinating (and sometimes fearful) for children, like superheroes, dinosaurs and heavy construction equipment.


This video includes Episode 1470 from the "Superheroes" series exactly as it aired on television. There is no special introduction or title screen to differentiate this as a specific VHS release.

This video comes with a guide for child care providers and parents offering suggestions for activites and strategies to use with children.

This video is part of the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Child Care Video Library which also includes five other titles: What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel, When Friends Fight, Hellos and Good-byes, Going to the Doctor, and Caring for the Environment.

A Note From Fred Rogers

Dear Friend,

Over the years, we've tried to use television to help young children grow in healthy ways. The goals of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and other programs we've produced are to help children feel good about who they are, appreciate others, find healthy ways to deal with their feelings and concerns, and learn about the world around them. Since those are some of your goals, too, we have always thought of ourselves as partners with the child-care community.

Of course, what appears on the television screen is just the beginning. We all know that children learn best when a caring adult is by their side responding to their concerns and questions and helping to make the messages meaningful in their daily experience.

Since children like to play about the things they see and hear, any activities which you suggest or which they come up with spontaneously can help them better understand what we've presented on the screen. We hope the discussion and activity ideas in this booklet will assist you in finding ways of your own to expand on the themes of the video -- ways that match your everyday lives and the needs of the children in your care.

We of Family Communications are glad to be partners with you in your important work for children and their families.

Fred Rogers

P.S. Some day, way down the road, you'll see or hear about one of your present children doing something extra special for somebody else. What a good feeling it will be to realize that you had a part -- early on -- in that person's becoming a caring man or woman.


With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Don Brockett, Jose Cisneros, Patrick Leonard, Patrick Leonard, Jr., Fred Michael, Carole Muller, Joe Negri, David Nohling
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Associate Producer: Cathy Cohen
Music Director: John Costa
Set Designer: Jack Guest
Production Manager: Sam Newbury
Technical Supervisor: Ken Anderson
Studio Supervisor: Mark Adelsheim
Assistant Director: Jill Philipson
Properties: Bonnie McCarter
Dinosaur Designs: Barbara Anderson
Technical Director: James G. Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Studio Cameras: Frank Colista, Bob Vaughn, Art Vogel, Steve Zorbas
Location Cameras: Doug Bradley, Tom Harvey, Mike Keeler
Studio Audio: Dick LaSota
Location Audio: Dave Buell, Bruce Burns, Gene Hickerson
Location Videotape: Kris Shacklett, Ron Stutzman
Studio Videotape: Bob Millslagle, Don McCall
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Production Crew: Wayne Morris, Jimmy Seech
Scenic Artists: Sandra Midock, Susan Primm, Kelly Thomas, Victoria Toner
Carpenter: Rich Karapandi
Musicians: Bobby Rawsthorne, Carl McVicker
Assistant Producer: Leslie Chapman
Production Assistants: Janet Hamnett, Victoria Hughes, Patty Lynch
Produced and Directed by Hugh Martin
Post Production: TPC Communications, Inc.
Videotape Editor: David Belko
Sound Mixer: John Sutton
Production Assistant: Donna Belajac
Consultants: Albert V. Corrado M.D., Margaret McFarland Ph.D.

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1979 Family Communications, Inc.
"A Guide for Providers and Teachers" © 1997 FCI

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