Big Sister & Little Brother

 
Charming 5-minute 'toon with young-family lessons.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Very basic (and therefore preschooler-friendly) lessons in topics like problem resolution.

Positive messages

The siblings and their parents encounter and resolve conflicts together.

Positive role models

The parents are caring and involved with their kids, helping them resolve the issues that come up in each brief episode.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 5-minute program for preschoolers (sandwiched between Sprout's longer, 15-minute shows) provides a positive, realistic look at the daily life of families with young children. The animated characters make only gurgling baby sounds -- adults included -- instead of talking. The show is narrated by a soothing male voice who speaks as though he's reading a story. The kids play together and encounter conflicts, which are resolved with the help of their parents. Issues range from sharing and playing fairly to following household rules, being safe, and conquering fears.

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What's the story?

Sandwiched between Sprout's longer, 15-minute shows, each 5-minute installment of BIG SISTER & LITTLE BROTHER follows the adventures of Big Sister, who's about 3, and Little Brother, who's only 1. Just like real-life young kids, they play, share, laugh, cry, get scared, feel frustrated, and find trouble. Mom and Dad help them navigate it all, and each episode ends with the velvety voiced narrator's affirmation, "Big sister and little brother are happy now" -- representing every parent's hard-won goal of keeping the peace.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Big Sister & Little Brother is a warm, simply drawn animated gem that's rich in messages for its intended audience. Despite how quickly each episode goes by, the show's pacing is soothing, and the messages are easy to grasp.

Succinct storylines and adorable characters with gurgling sound effects make the show engaging for young kids and will even elicit a few giggles from older kids and adults. And, like many good kids shows, episodes include themes parents will relate
to -- watching Dad try not to lose his cool managing two small kids,
for one.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be a big or little sibling. Why does the big sister or brother usually have to set the good example?

  • How can Mom or Dad help you when there's a problem, and when do you think you can work it out with your brother or sister?

TV details

Network:Sprout
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters
TV rating:TV-Y

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 5 year old Written bylorilouhoo October 26, 2009
age 2+
 

Excellent show for young kids

Love it! Reminds mw of almost every family with young kids and how great parents would deal with every day problems accociated with raising a family.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byYEYE December 9, 2008
age 2+
 

CUDDLY

ITS FUNNY

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