Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry Holiday

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Helpful pals use critical thinking to save town's holiday.

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Educational Value

The show introduces preschoolers to concepts related to efficiency in work effort and shows how the characters make changes in their practices to be more efficient and accurate. 

Positive Messages

The characters model effective teamwork and a willingness to learn new skills and problem-solving techniques. They selflessly devote their time to making sure their community has a happy holiday.  

Positive Role Models

Chico Bon Bon and his teammates work together toward a common goal. They solve problems using creativity and scientific methods for efficiency and efficacy. 

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This story is part of the Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt series. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry Holiday is a special from the Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt series and continues the show's messages about cooperation and helpfulness. This story's applied concept is route optimization (aka how to make the best path to deliver cakes), which the characters put to use to make their work more efficient and effective in ways even young kids will understand. Even so, not every one of their efforts pays off on the first try, so kids also come to see that failing can inspire success if a person is willing to learn from the experience. This story has all the seasonal look and feel of Christmas (trees, carols, and even occasional narration inspired by the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas poem), but the holiday is called Blunderberry Day throughout. 

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What's the story?

In CHICO BON BON AND THE VERY BERRY HOLIDAY, it’s Blunderberry Day Eve in Blunderberg, and the town residents are eagerly awaiting Barry the Berry Bear’s delivery of festive cakes through the night. When they discover that Barry has fallen asleep after baking all day, Chico Bon Bon (voiced by Robbie Daymond) and the Fix-It Force -- Tiny, Clark (Anthony Tedesco), and Rainbow Thunder (Dayci Brookshire) -- decide to take his place to make sure everyone has a merry holiday. The fates are against them from the start, though, and they must put their heads together to figure a way to get all the deliveries done before everyone wakes up on Blunderberry Day.

Is it any good?

This merry seasonal special emphasizes teamwork and community mindedness in the Fix-It Force’s valiant efforts to rescue their town’s very favorite holiday. Applying a concept called route optimization, Chico Bon Bon and his friends learn the importance of efficiency in accomplishing their goal before a hard deadline. Fortunately for everyone, their work pays off and the whole town gets the celebration they were hoping for. 

The Fix-It Force rescues Blunderberry Day through selflessness that’s demonstrated time and again in this story and speaks to seasonal sentiments of generosity and kindness. Not everyone has the opportunity to save a holiday for an entire town, per se, but that same message can be tailored to anyone's ability to share with others. Chico Bon Bon fans will want to see this holiday special, and newcomers to the characters may find they’re inspired to check out the series once they get to know this helpful team.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what aspects of Blunderberry Day are similar to those of the holiday(s) they celebrate in their own home. What traditions are important to your festivities? What are your favorite things to do around this time of year?

  • Do you get a sense of accomplishment when you solve a problem? How do Chico Bon Bon and his friends demonstrate effective problem-solving skills? How do they respond when their efforts fail? What can we learn from their experiences? 

  • Who are the community helpers in your area? How do they contribute to the safety of overall happiness of those who live there? In what ways do the characters in this story demonstrate courage? What does real-life courage look like to you? 

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