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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Blue's Clues is an educational interactive show with a playful, energetic feeling and no content to worry about. The human host, Steve -- and later, Joe -- interacts admirably with his friends on the show and at home, and Blue is a smart, loyal companion.
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What's the story?
In every episode of BLUE'S CLUES, the human host, Steve -- and later, his brother, Joe -- leads his young viewers through the show while encouraging them to help him find the clues that will solve the conundrum that beleaguers him. Blue, the loveable animated dog that helps Joe decipher the clues, is the picture of loyalty. She can \"skidoo\" into magical places and situations without distracting from the educational message.
Is it any good?
Not only is this show colorful and fun, but it allows young viewers to interact in the problem-solving challenges. Some puzzles may require sounding out words. Others may involve numbers, shapes, or even geography and physiology. The plots are generally good quality, and are always interactive without being bothersome. In other words, though Blue's Clues is suitable for the youngest viewers, it does not lie flat -- there is some complexity to the lessons at hand.
On top of it all, the sets are very creatively fashioned, often appearing to be collage or multi-media in nature. The background soundtrack plays a gentle jazz that doesn't condescend to the viewer, and Joe sometimes gestures in American Sign Language to match what he is saying. The discerning eye will discover many such details. In fact, Blue's Clues does a very fine job of treating its young viewers as the multifaceted individuals that they are.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether Blue is an imaginary friend or a real dog in Blue's Clues. Can imaginary friends be as much fun as Blue?
What kind of things would Blue say to Joe if she could talk all the time?
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