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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bear in the Big Blue House is a sweet, engaging show for younger preschoolers. The star of the show is Bear, a gigantic brown bear character who sings, dances, and talks to his set of colorful, animal friends. In the end, a lesson is learned. Throughout the show, he checks in with viewers about the events happening and problems faced in each episode.
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What's the story?
Each episode of BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE opens with Bear singing the same welcome song. Then the other characters make their appearance, a very simple plot unravels, a lesson is learned (sprinkled with jokes, songs, and giggles), and the show winds down. In each episode, Bear acts a like a big brother to his friends Tutter the mouse, Ojo the smaller bear, Treelo the lemur, and Pip and Pop, two otters with insatiable appetites. The friends ask each other questions and responsively listen to one another, sing a few songs, and always share some laughs. Another show regular is Shadow, the giggling silhouette of a pony-tailed little girl, who's reminiscent of a Sesame Street puppet. She chats and sings with Bear and sometimes narrates her own short story using simple effects and other silhouetted characters.
Is it any good?
This isn't the best show for kids who need action, but nonetheless, it's a great choice to help 3- and 4-year olds settle down and rest while learning more about friendship. Bear in the Big Blue House may lose its attraction for some older preschoolers who are less interested in its slow-moving plots, songs, and simple humor. It's no surprise that Bear and the other colorful puppets on the show were created by Jim Henson Home Entertainment. Younger preschoolers will laugh, sing, and learn a bit more about working with others thanks to the soft, cuddly puppets' wacky personalities. This show is clearly for younger preschoolers who want to learn more about playing cooperatively with friends.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about cooperation in Bear in the Big Blue House. How do Bear and his friends work together? How can preschoolers cooperate with their friends? Why is this important?
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