02. January 2005 · Comments Off on An Excellent Children’s Series · Categories: History, That's Entertainment!

I never tire of the story of the American Revolution, even when the telling is somewhat simplistic. So I again find myself watching DIC’s Liberty’s Kids. It began life on PBS, and has now made it’s way to commercial television.

Our nation’s birth is fictionalized through the exploits of two teenagers, an American boy, James, and English girl, Sarah, as well as a French preteen lad, Henri, who find themselves witness to some of the most notable events of the Revolutionary War, by virtue of their employment as reporters for Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette. I know it sounds a bit corny. But remember – this is a kid’s show.

Benjamin Franklin is voiced by Walter Cronkite, with a collection of stars, and other notable personalities, doing guest voices. The episodes are well paced, entertaining, as historically accurate as can be expected of the format, and should be good for any American kid in the late elementary to junior high school range. Some episodes can also be seen online at Yahooligans.

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