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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Teaches about Jewish traditions and culture. Sometimes includes stories and conversations about values like integrity, forgiveness, justice, or kindness, with grounding in Kiddo's relatable challenges like navigating friendships or having a baby sibling.
A sweet relationship between a boy and his grandmother and she teaches him Jewish values, traditions, and family history through stories. The stories that Mimi tells Kiddo may require some explaining with young listeners, but frequently have positive messages about showing integrity, treating others with kindness and fairness, or being brave and courageous in the face of challenges.
Positive Role Models
Kiddo demonstrates curiosity, thoughtfulness, and a desire to be true to himself, his family, and his culture. His relationship with his grandmother is positive and affectionate. Some of Mimi's stories depict brief negativity to teach a moral lesson.
Each episode celebrates and educates about Jewish traditions. The episode about Tzedakah celebrates the cultural diversity of the Union Street Open Market, and emphasizes the value of justice through donating time or money. There's modeling of intergenerational relationships between the two main characters (a boy and his grandmother). The grandmother isn't simply depicted as an old woman, she is shown to be a source of knowledge and family history to be passed on.
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Violence & Scariness
Kiddo is sometimes sad or distressed, like when his younger sibling ruins his favorite stuffy or he's nervous about a new bed. Some of Mimi's stories are suspenseful or depict peril, like when Jonah is swallowed by the whale or when Yoseph is scared and alone in the desert and approached by a lion.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that PJ Library Presents: Afternoons With Mimi depicts a sweet and meaningful relationship between a fictional child, Kiddo, and his grandmother Mimi. In each monthly episode, Mimi coaches Kiddo through relatable kid challenges like navigating changing friendships or dealing with a baby sibling who breaks things, with food, stories and traditions from their Jewish culture. Some episodes focus more on Jewish holidays or concepts, and some tales include adventurous peril, like the folktale about Yoseph lost and alone in the desert encountering the Sabbath Lion. Stories often emphasize the importance of integrity, and sometimes explore compassion, bravery, or forgiveness. Episodes range from 5 to 16 minutes and mention other Jewish learning resources at the end.
Is It Any Good?
This podcast has endless value for any families and educators. PJ Library Presents: Afternoons With Mimi teaches young listeners about Jewish culture, stories, and values, while telling stories relatable to kids of all backgrounds. The podcast does a nice job demonstrating how young people can show integrity, thanks in part to the moral anchoring that elders and culture can provide. Younger listeners may need a little help understanding the traditional tales and getting through their more magical or perilous moments, but the sweetness of the interaction between Kiddo and Mimi is valuable itself in its depiction of affection, patience, curiosity, and sharing traditions across generations.
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