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Cleo & Cuquin
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cleo & Cuquin is a preschool series based on characters from the classic Spanish cartoon Familia Telerin. It follows six siblings, including Cleo (the oldest) and Cuquin (the baby), in their daily struggles and triumphs. Typical episodes show the characters helping each other through small disappointments (feeling sad about losing a tooth, for instance), fixing problems, and embracing new adventures in and around their home. In every case, viewers see a distinct link between cause and effect, a lot of cooperation, creative resolutions to disagreements, and a general sense of sibling camaraderie.
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What's the story?
CLEO AND CUQUIN follows the misadventures of mischievous young Cuquin and his older sister, Cleo, who helps her baby brother solve the many troubles in which he finds himself. Whether it's helping their sibling get rid of the hiccups or finding a solution to squabbles about sharing, this brother-sister duo -- along with other siblings Colitas, Pelusin, Tete, and Maripi -- are up to the task, given some creativity, a lot of teamwork, and a hefty helping of patience. The best part? Cleo always delights in learning new things and tackling new challenges that help her figure out what she wants to be when she grows up.
Is it any good?
This brightly animated show is a bit of an anomaly in that its cast comprises six young siblings whose adventures involve each other. It may not seem like an important factor, but Cleo & Cuquin does give viewers a pleasant impression of cohesive sibling relationships that work well. There's lots of relatable humor in the kid-size messes that inevitably happen, and some positive behavior modeling in how the kids band together to solve them.
As one of the two main characters, Cleo usually is the face of what's learned in each story, and she turns it into a valuable learning experience by pondering its effect on her future. It's another understated quality of this fun series, and one kids can appreciate -- the value of imagination and role-playing in learning about yourself, your talents, and your hopes and dreams. As Cleo settles on a path for her future (at least until tomorrow!), she encourages kids to consider in a broader sense who they are, what they like, and what they hope for their own.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Cleo & Cuquin relate to each other. Do they always get along well? When they don't, how do they resolve their differences? What kinds of activities do you enjoy with your own siblings? How do you show your respect for your siblings' desire for time apart?
Why do you think there aren't any adults shown in this series? Would any of the situations the characters find themselves in suggest a grown-up's help might be needed? How do your parents' rules for you help keep you safe from dangers?
Kids: How do these characters compare to some of your favorites from other shows? In which instances do you see traits like curiosity and perseverance demonstrated in the shows you watch? Why do you think these are important character strengths?
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