Super Special Days! is the DVD launch of Ni Hao, Kai-lan. Ni Hao Kai-lan is an all-new animated series from Nickelodeon designed to open the eyes, ears and hearts of children to a fantastic new way to understand their social, emotional and physical world. Kai-lan and her animal friends encounter and learn to overcome daily obstacles that will help kids at home make sense of the world around them. Aspects of Chinese-American family, food and culture, as well as basic Mandarin Chinese phrases are woven throughout the episodes.
A sort of Dora the Explorer that features Mandarin Chinese instead of Spanish, Ni hao, Kai-lan is an entertaining Nick Jr. animated program for preschoolers that positively portrays biculturalism, helps build problem solving skills, and introduces basic Chinese words. Kai-lan is a creative, compassionate young girl who has a very close relationship with her Grandfather (YeYe) and loves to play and try new things with her many animal friends including Tolee the koala, Rintoo the tiger, and Hoho the monkey. Like all young children, Kai-lan and her friends play and explore and minor conflicts and emotional outbursts inevitably arise. Kai-lan has a way of stepping back and reviewing the situation to reveal the underlying problem, whether it's hurt feelings, frustration, or downright anger. With a little help from her grandfather and his calming techniques, she always finds a way to support her friends and make everyone feel better. Along the way, viewers learn some basic Chinese words and get a sense of the importance Chinese culture places on things like intergenerational families, calmness, and looking at things from another's perspective. (Ages 3 to 7) --Tami Horiuchi