A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn about various sports, how they're played, and how a true athlete acts during and after a game or another form of competition.
The overwhelming message is to make sure kids understand what sportsmanship is and how to, as the title suggest, "be a good sport" whether you win, draw, or lose. The segments also encourage practicing to become a better player, not just magically becoming one, and other sporty lessons about how sports require hard work, discipline, and a good attitude.
Positive Role Models
None of the Sesame Street characters is perfect, and that's what makes them such excellent role models. Elmo can give into his competitive side and be a sore loser, but he also learns his lesson and realizes that it's no fun to play with someone if they're going to rub it in your face when they win or act surly and pouty if they lose. Abby and Elmo have a sweet friendship that's depicted several times, and she also discovers that magically helping someone to be amazing at a sport isn't as valuable as teaching them how to be a better athlete.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sesame Street: Be a Good Sport is a collection of sports-related segments from various Sesame Street episodes. Most of the tales feature Elmo, Abby, and other popular characters as they learn about the importance of being a good sport, whether they win or lose. Young kids also will learn the rules and tips to playing various games, from school games such as Hot Potato to more traditional sports such as basketball. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's remarkable that the allure of Sesame Street doesn't fade for young kids. Even children already in school and past the show's target audience of preschool-age tots will enjoy the character dynamics and messages in these sporty stories. Nearly every child has played some version of Hot Potato, and the littlest of viewers will relate to Elmo's desire to be No. 1 and also Abby's sadness that her best pal is being kind of a meanie about both winning and losing.
NBA player Blake Griffin appears in one scene to discuss the meaning of the word "champion" (and to squawk like a chicken). But it's not the celeb sightings that make this DVD fun to watch -- it's the adorably funny references to Rocky and Broadway and the authentic way pre-K friendships are depicted. Whether you have a budding pro athlete or a kid who prefers Chutes and Ladders, Be a Good Sport is an ideal collection for young and active kids.
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