We recently purchased this set for my 3 yr old so that he can learn Arabic like his father and it is seriously the BEST purchase we have made.
It is total immersion learning, but at the age my son is at, that's exactly what he needs. The great thing about this set is that he can watch the DVD's and be "immersed" in the language, and then when we actually start teaching (and using the included workbooks, CD-ROM, etc), he will already have a head start with pronunciation and the basic words b/c he's already been exposed to them!
I hesitated, at first, because of the price, but in the end it was SO worth it! My husband is overjoyed with the product as well! As Arabic is his native language, he was extremely pleased with how well put together this set is! My son asks every morning to watch Sinbad, so it's a winner with him too!!
The only "negative" comments I have about it are as follows:
1. The animation isn't that great...it's definitely "behind the times" (way) as far as animation goes. The story keeps children entertained though, so the "old" animation doesn't seem to bother them.
2. With the episodes being separated onto 9 DVD's, it does make hom learning a little more frustrating b/c my son wants to watch the entire "story", and each story continues through about 5-6 episodes, so each time, we have to change out the DVD for the other ones. Again, not a HUGE deal, but is a downside.
So, those two reasons are why I gave it a 4.9 on length, and a 4.8 on animation. Otherwise, this kit is DEFINITELY a 5 star item!!
I can't wait to really dig in and get even more use out of this learning system. My son has already learned SO much JUST from watching the DVD's...imagine once we really get going with the workbooks, etc once he's old enough!!