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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series centers on interpersonal themes that will resonate with preschoolers, like being a good friend and taking responsibility for your actions. The diverse cast of young characters learns that life’s pitfalls make for good learning opportunities, and their parents’ guidance helps them -- and their young viewers -- recognize those lessons. As this series is related to the Babar books, it could encourage kids’ interest in the characters and prompt a new subject for storytime sessions.
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What's the story?
BABAR AND THE ADVENTURES OF BADOU centers on Babar’s (voiced by Gordon Pinsent) grandson, the young elephant prince Badou (Dallas Jokic). Badou is just like any young boy: He’s eager to make friends, and he loves new adventures, but he often discovers that those adventures can lead to mishaps for him and his friends Chiku and Munroe. When his path is uncertain, Badou turns to his beloved “Pappy,” the wise King Babar, who helps him find his way and, in some cases, learn from his mistakes.
Is it any good?
This lively series and its endearing characters are a great way to start conversations with your preschoolers about issues they face every day. Badou and his friends deal with bullies, struggle with personality flaws, and face temptations like cheating -- and the show puts these common issues into context that young kids can easily understand.
Just like Babar reinforces the lessons Badou learns, follow-up conversations with your kids will help them turn what they saw into useful techniques for navigating life. What’s more, the show’s efforts to diversify its cast both in appearance (Badou’s friends are a variety of animals) and in personality reminds kids that respecting others can help forge strong relationships with people who are very different from ourselves.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about friendship. How did the characters in this show demonstrate that they were friends? Were there any relationships that weren’t friendly? How did Badou and the other characters handle those situations?
Kids: Who are some of your role models? Why do you look up to them? How do they help you? What did Badou learn from his grandfather, Babar?
Kids: In what ways are Badou and his friends alike? How are they different? Do their differences ever cause a problem between them? How do they overcome that challenge? How are your friends different from you?
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