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Parents need to know that Chip and Potato is an animated series about a young pup whose friendship with a secret pal helps give her the courage to face new experiences. With her mouse bestie, Potato (voiced by Andrea Libman), tucked away in her pocket, Chip (Abigail Journey Oliver) enthusiastically starts school, makes new friends, and becomes more independent. Viewers see that Potato's presence gives Chip a sense of security that helps her be brave, which then improves her self-confidence and her outlook on doing even more new things. She also learns the value of asking for and accepting help when she needs it. This sweet series presents a positive image of family support, navigating transitions, and growing up.
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What's the story?
CHIP AND POTATO follows the adventures of a young pug named Chip (voiced by Abigail Journey Oliver) and her best friend, Potato (Andrea Libman), a mouse whom the rest of the world believes to be an ordinary stuffed animal. As Chip starts kindergarten and tries all sorts of new "big kid" things, she finds encouragement and support in her parents, her older brother, and, of course, her bestie, Potato.
Is it any good?
These BFFs remind kids that friendship can come in the most unlikely of shapes and sizes, and it need not make sense to anyone else to be a powerful force in your life. As Chip spreads her wings at school and in her community, she's constantly reassured by the presence of her joyful mousy tagalong, who tucks away into a snuggly cocoon on cue to protect their secret. Potato's loyalty gives Chip a sense of security that allows her to face new challenges with courage and determination.
Even though their relationship is Chip and Potato's main focus, Chip's support system also includes her parents and her doting brother, Spud (Chance Hurstfield), plus the many new acquaintances she makes. This sense of community is a focus of the stories that remind kids of the value of trying new things and asking for help when it's needed, as well as the growing self-confidence that comes of succeeding in new endeavors.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Chip and Potato's relationship. Why do they keep Potato's identity a secret? How does Potato help Chip get through difficult times? Are there certain toys or items that provide a sense of security for your kids?
Kids: In what ways does your family resemble Chip's? If you have siblings, what kinds of things do you enjoy doing with them? How do your parents help you when you face challenges?
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