Parents' Guide to

Angelina Ballerina

By Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

A little mouse dreams big -- OK for all ages.

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age 2+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 2+

Amazing Values, Relationship Complexities

This is the best show we have found for our now 3 year old boy. He loves music and dance, and this show is extremely thoughtful and technically accurate in describing how music is made, how dancers learn, and in transmitting the joy of the artistic pursuits in life. It moves slowly, which is great for not over-stimulating young kids, production values are high, the characters have real feelings, honest dialogue, and complex relationships to work out....all done in a young child-friendly, age-appropriate way. Brava!

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Great messages
Great role models
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age 2+

Adorable!! I used to watch this when I was a little ballerina. :)

Aww, I used to love this cartoon. It's so cute!! :) Great for little kids, especially little girls who take ballet.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (13):

This is a stellar series that sets a good example for viewers. In one episode, Angelina donates her stuffed animal -- originally a gift from her grandfather -- to charity. She's happy with her decision until she realizes she promised her grandfather a long time ago that she would always keep it. This realization leads to a quest to retrieve the toy ... until Angelina discovers that the new owner needs it more than she does. In the end, her grandfather is proud of her deed. In a different episode, ballet teacher Miss Lilly asks Angelina to be her helper. Angelina is excited because she knows that she's earned this honor. The little mouse takes her role seriously, and thanks to Angelina's positive encouragement, the other dancers overcome their difficulty and dance their best. This offers parents a chance to explain that rewards aren't given -- they're achieved through effort, courage, and positive reinforcement.

The music and characters are gentle throughout, making this series appropriate for all ages. But kids between 3 and 6 will enjoy it the most. Perhaps the only negative in Angelina Ballerina is that screen time isn't balanced between boys and girls. If boy dancers had equal screen time, it might encourage more boys to watch the series -- as well as express an interest in dance. It might even help some parents think of dance as more than just a girls' activity.

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