Parents' Guide to

Bob the Builder

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Teamwork paramount on friendly construction show.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
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The most effective aspect of this series is the characters' ability to identify a problem or task, make a plan that aims to solve or accomplish it, and delegate the right crew to get the job done. It's a great illustration of teamwork; the plan of action is dictated by the unique needs of the job, and that means that the workers (human and machine) rotate responsibilities. Yes, Bob and Wendy are the leaders, but everyone plays a vital role in the eventual solution. Of course, there's also the fact that machines and trucks with personalities are fun to watch, which is a big winner for preschoolers.

The significant changes that accompanied Bob the Builder's return to TV in 2015 likely won't affect viewers who didn't already know and love the pudgier, overall-clad original incarnation, but they're more than a little off-putting if you're a loyalist. The taller, slimmer, more modern (though no less baby-faced) Bob and crew have their perks -- including the use of modern gadgets and the accomplishments of bigger projects -- but they lose some of their quaintness in the process. Happily, though, the show's excellent messages about working together and overcoming challenges made it through the renovation without a scratch.

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