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Parents need to know that Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step is a TV special commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing. As Jet and his friends travel to and explore the moon, they share their knowledge of the event along with photographs and video clips of space travel history. Among the characters, Sydney stands out as a problem solver with technical skill and a can-do attitude, and the show ends with another female -- an astronomer -- who teaches viewers more about how astronauts live and work in space. This fun story incorporates music, humor, and characters popular with preschoolers to celebrate the lunar landing.
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READY JET GO!: ONE SMALL STEP celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a lunar adventure of the characters' own. Jet (voiced by Ashleigh Ball) is excited about the new saucer he's built, and he talks his friends Sydney (Vienna Leacock), Sean (Glen Gordon), Mindy (Jaeda Lily Miller), and Sunspot into traveling in it with him to the moon. But a rough landing causes some damage to the ship, so the explorers set out to search the Apollo astronauts' old haunts for some leftover equipment they can use for a repair. Can the kids fix the ship and get back home without Jet's parents' help?
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Jet and his friends pay homage to the 1969 moon landing with this fast-paced, kid-friendly, and educational adventure. As they traverse the moon and find vestiges of previous missions, they teach kids about the real-life astronauts and scientists who made that first giant leap into space exploration history. From tracing Neil Armstrong's footsteps to discovering the Apollo 11 lander, Jet and his friends get up close and personal with this momentous event in human history.
One Small Step demonstrates a clear intent to give kids a working knowledge of real aerospace history, and if this is preschoolers' first introduction to the concept, it's a good place to start. Because the characters incorporate actual photos and video footage from the past, the show is more adult-friendly than others might be, making it a contender for watch-together fare for parents and their preschoolers to celebrate this anniversary.
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Families can talk about the 1969 moon landing. Who were the major players? What did they learn about the moon by visiting it? How did their mission illustrate determination and courage?
Is there a clear leader among Jet and his friends? How do they show a dedication to teamwork in how they interact? How does teamwork help them out of a jam in this story?
Kids: Would you like to be an astronaut? What would you have to wear to stay safe in space? What would you eat? What questions do you have about the moon and beyond that you would like to answer?
- In theaters: June 17, 2019
- On DVD or streaming: July 9, 2019
- Cast: Ashleigh Ball, Dalila Bela, Jaeda Lily Miller
- Director: Craig Bartlett
- Studio: PBS
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Great Girl Role Models, Space and Aliens
- Character strengths: Teamwork
- Run time: 26 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Awards/Honors: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: January 14, 2020
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