Parents' Guide to

Christmas with Tucker

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sugary holiday tale steeped in family-friendly messages.

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There are few surprises in this fairly sappy coming-of-age story, but that doesn't dampen the pleasant messages it offers to families, which tie in nicely with the holidays. Viewers see family members and neighbors lean on each other through difficult times, lend helping hands when they can, and talk openly about their feelings. George's journey from grief to hope is applicable to plenty more scenarios than his, and the recurring themes of generosity, forgiveness, and hope are easy to pick out of the plot.

Young kids might have questions about references to George's dad's death or a minor character's struggles with alcohol, but these will be short-lived. More likely they'll revel in the sweet affection between George and Tucker, which, depending on your situation, should either reinforce their feelings for your family pets or possibly start a conversation about the need for a little Tucker of their own.

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