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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Very basic (and therefore preschooler-friendly) lessons in topics like problem resolution.
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.
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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