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What 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.
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?
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.
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