A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Each story touches on a child development topic, whether it's teaching morals and values (humility, helping others) or managing common concerns (bed-wetting, hyperactivity, separation of parents).
Themes include humility (three siblings' wishing stone breaks when they don't want to share), the importance of helping others (a rooster doesn't get help from those he meets on his way to his uncle's wedding), not judging by appearance, and honesty. The host and her friends explain these concepts while they tell the stories; other times, they let the stories speak for themselves. Every episode ends with a shout-out to a listener of the show who excels at school or hits a special milestone.
Positive Role Models
The host is joined by two characters also featured on her YouTube channel (puppets Brownie and Fresi). Brownie models curiosity, is eager to learn, always asks open-ended questions and allows the host to engage in conversations to spark listeners' interests. Fresi is creative and has a big imagination. Both sometimes bicker like siblings, but arguments usually lead to successful resolutions. The host is kind, tends to be the voice of reason. She models open and honest communication. While narrating stories with her character friends, she asks for their opinions, likes to engage with listeners. Brownie and Fresi make mistakes and sometimes say the wrong thing, so there are many teachable moments.
Even when they're based on classic tales, the stories often feature recognizable names in Spanish so kids can better relate to them. Stories from other cultures and Latin American fiction are represented including El Ratoncito Peréz and El Fantasma Cataplasma. This podcast is fully in Spanish.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hada de Fresa is a podcast for children and their parents that focuses on morals, values, and concerns related to child development through educational and entertaining stories. While many of the stories come from classic tales from around the world, the host, Hada de Fresa, joined by her two regular guests, Brownie and Fresi, adapts them for age appropriateness. The podcast is in Spanish, but some episodes are told in English -- with the host occasionally cutting in to explain what a word featured in the story means. Parents will appreciate that each episode centers around a specific theme, whether it's humility and communication, or challenging topics like bed-wetting or the separation of parents. The show encourages curiosity and imagination for younger listeners. Though many of the stories are designed to be bedtime stories, it's worth mentioning that the characters' high-pitch voices may energize rather than lull children to sleep.
Is It Any Good?
This lively podcast is sure to pique kids' interest since it's based on a wildly popular YouTube channel. Kids won't be able to get enough of the show's colorful cast of characters, all of whom have very distinct personalities and are relatable to younger kids. Though many of the stories are designed to be bedtime stories, it's worth mentioning that the characters' high-pitch voices may energize rather than lull children to sleep.
Parents will enjoy that the stories are a great entryway for kids to learn about classic tales for the first time, while older children will gain a new understanding of the deeper meanings and values within these stories. The host doesn't always explicitly explain the messages of each story, which encourages children to think for themselves and absorb the meanings at their own pace. Though the quality of audio production is good, it tends to be loud and a little rambunctious.
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